Tourism is closely connected to climate change, directly contributing to the emission of greenhouse gasses by transportation, but also indirectly through its links to construction, agriculture and the plastics industry. At the same time, tourism itself is highly vulnerable to the effects of global warming resulting from these emissions.
Meanwhile, climate change and the resulting prolonged droughts continue putting pressure on rural communities in Namibia. Intense reliance on traditional livestock farming as the main source of livelihoods for the majority of rural people, but also increasingly on crop farming, exacerbates conflicts with wildlife with more frequent and intense droughts, they compete with humans for limited water and food.
For the resilience of the tourism sector, it is critical that tourism takes climate action. Our Climate projects focus on mitigation of climate change on behalf of the tourism sector while simultaneously supporting rural communities in their adaptation to climate change.