OBREAL promotes dialogue and research to help the tourism sector against Climate Change

Tourism has historically played an essential role in the social and economic development of many regions across the world. But the industry of tourism as a mean for development is clearly a risk due to the consequences of climate change.

The tourism sector is a big contributor to climate change: from air transport emissions to over exploitation of natural resources… it is estimated that the sector is responsible for 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

At the same time, climate change negatively affects the tourism industry: The rising of the sea levels, the erosion of beaches or extreme meteorological events are endangering the sustainability of the tourism industry. Particularly in the regions that are socioeconomically dependent on it.

The tourism sector is estimated to be responsible for 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, but at the same time, the sustainability of the tourism industry is endangered by Climate Change


That’s why both OBREAL and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria find that it is essential to prepare the tourist sector to best face climate change and to mitigate its impacts.

And who better than universities to think and implement the solutions that the sector requires. Not only universities play a central role in producing knowledge about climate change and in educating professionals, but they also have an influential role in regional and national strategies.

Working together with different universities in Europe and Latin America, OBREAL and University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have created CLIMAR. A project that will put together experts from different fields and regions to research and discuss answers to these challenges.

The knowledge produced during the project will be shared through study modules, training programs and professional training to universities, industries, NGO’s, and Public Administrations.

By doing all this, OBREAL and University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria put together a network of experts from Europe and Latin America that guarantees sustainable and strategic partnerships to keep working on the challenges that the complicated relationship between tourism and climate change poses to the social and economic development of many regions of the world.

Learn more about the project

CLIMAR is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Comission and the Consortium is composed of: OBREAL, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Universitat d’Alacant, Università di Bologna, University College Cork, Asociación Colombiana de Universidades, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Caldas, Universidad de Cartagena, Universidad Autónoma de Chiriqui, Universidad de Panamá, Universidad Anáhuac Oaxaca, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Quintana Roo, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.

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