By F. Martin
TTC Service.- A manual of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), will provide the region with guidelines for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Guide showcase regional and international best practices in comprehensive disaster management and present strategies for effective response protocols before, during and after a disaster.
CTO, the region’s tourism development agency, is soon to publish the (DRM) Guide for the region’s tourism sector as part of its objective to foster a culture of preparedness in destination management.
The publication, which targets tourism businesses and policymakers, will help guide the tourism sector’s preparedness, response and recovery from the multiplicity of hazards that impact and/or potentially threaten the region.
A CTO spoke person said the current and future impacts of climate variability and climate change which includes an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, flood and droughts, among others, make it imperative that countries, particularly the regional tourism sector, be equipped to adequately prepare for, respond to and recover from climate related hazard.
According to Amanda Charles, the CTO’s sustainable tourism development specialist the handbook, which is expected to be finalized next month and launched early 2019, is one component of the ongoing project, “Supporting a Climate Smart and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Industry (CSSCTI).”
This project includes a series of training workshops in disaster risk management and climate resilience, aimed as sharing knowledge and best practices on strategies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as identifying sound DRM approaches, to enhance tourism sector preparedness, response and resilience to climate-related hazards.
A team of consultants from the University of Technology of Jamaica (UTech) will facilitate workshops with two days of training on DRM followed by a one-day training programme for trainers to help build local capacity.
The target audiences are tourism practitioners and decision-makers from the public and private sectors, and representatives from key ancillary sectors such as air and sea port authorities and disaster management agencies who play a key role in tourism disaster management.
In this first phase, five countries: The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Haiti and Jamaica are benefiting from this training, with workshops having already been held while the workshop for Dominica will be held in the coming weeks.