Seminar on

The Impacts of Climate Change (CC) on Tourism in Indonesia

This seminar was held by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, on Tuesday, 10 December 2007 in Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Bali.  Participants of this seminar was came from international bodies, media, and related institutions.  The objectives of the seminar is to enhance the awareness of government officials both at central and regional level, the tourism industry, tourism institute, researcher and other related institution on this global issue for urgent action on mitigating CC. 

The Seminar was opened by the Minister for Culture & Tourism, H.E. Mr. Jero Wacik, with welcoming remark by Mr, Dewa Made Beratha, the Governor of Bali Province, and the keynote speaker  Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, Assistant Secretary General UNWTO.

The seminar was divided into two sessions, the first one discussed about the international context and the second one discussed about responses to climate change in Indonesia.  In the first session Susanne  Becken, from Lincoln University, New Zealand focused on the science base of tourism and Cc from the result of UNWTO/ENEP/WMO technical report on CC & Tourism, followed by Mr. Gabor Vereczi, Chief Environment & Quality Section, UNWTO who explained about tourism respondsto CC with examples from Davos.  Then Prof Terry de Lacy, from Victoria University, Australia was stressing about the important of forests as a tourism earth lung. 

In the second session, Mr. I Gede Ardika, Former Minister of Culture & Tourism of Indonesia explained best practices of local wisdom in overcoming CC: the Dayak Benuaq in East Kalimantan , the Haruku Community in Maluku, and Balinese community.  Then Mr. Widodo Ramono, Director of TNC focused on the adaptation strategies for protecting coral reef, case study in Komodo National Park.  The last speaker was Mrs. Sulistiawati, from the Ministry of Environment gave brief explanation regarding National Policy on CC.

From the seminar, it is cleared that the tourism also gave contribution in CC (transportation, accommodation, and tourists’ activities), therefore it is needed to increase awareness among tourism people related to CC and work together with all countries to optimize the role of tourism in anticipating CC.