The sustainability of coastal tourism destinations depends partly on their ability to adapt planning and management practices to the impacts of climate change and also to increase their ability to effectively manage natural disasters.
Responding to this challenge UNEP in cooperation with the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) developed this practical handbook to support coastal tourism destinations to prepare and respond to natural disasters. The handbook has the following objectives:
- increase the operational capacity of local communities in coastal tourism destinations to respond in emergencies caused by natural disasters;
- support the adaptation efforts of these communities to climate change; and
- reduce the impacts of natural disasters to local communities in coastal tourism destinations.