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Tourism Impact for Low Carbon Development

Updated: Nov 25, 2020 highlights the issue of low carbon development on the 4th workshop on Sustainability and Resilience. This workshop was in collaboration between various stakeholders from the government, students, and researchers like Bappenas, University of Udayana, and Montessori School.

The 3 days workshops discussed the problem and solution to plan ahead for low carbon development in Indonesia. On the second day, all stakeholders gathered together in several teams to discuss the solution for low carbon development from various points of view, one of those is tourism.

Martin Simon and Radhya of joined this forum together with Reno Agassi from the Ministry of Agriculture, Maulidiyah Nurma Alifyanti from Udayana University, Sofia Cavalleri from SEI, and Sheila Mumtaza Sakiya from Bappenas. They all discussed the impact of tourism on carbon emissions and highlighted several points such as infrastructure and transportation, renewable energy, and branding for tourism.

What are the problems?

Ms. Sheila from Bappenas stated that transportation is not connected. She gave an example from the interconnection between special economic zones to rural areas, where renewable energy sources are relatively expensive. She also mentions the use of the private vehicle that is still becoming a preference for our community as it is more flexible. Ms. Sofia also added about the modal shift. The modal shift means replacing a saturated means of transport with another to make the first less congested.

Mr. Andianto highlighted the use of biofuels will reduce the burden on local communities regarding the high cost of renewable fuels, which are very expensive. Biofuels are abundant in Indonesia while their use is still declining; if we can increase the use of biofuels in tourism, it will support tourism.

What are the solutions?

To address those issues they also share their ideas with the forum. Mr. Reno state that there must be integration among the cities, also added by Martin that there must be a well-integrated network like a link between destinations. Then Ms. Mulidiyah also added about green transportation modes as alternatives to reduce carbon emissions from private vehicles. But, the implementation should also be supported by the locals hence socialization on sustainable development is also vital to have good collaboration with the community. As one of the components of tourism, local products are also important to facilitate tourists with food, drinks, accommodation, and souvenirs. They all agree that we need to have standard and label the product to make sure it is eco-friendly and have good quality.

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