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New CSTT publication: 'The global footprint of tourism'

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

'The global footprint of tourism' is a chapter written by Eke Eijgelaar and Paul Peeters for the new edition of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Tourism, edited by Hall, Lew and Williams.





Summary
This chapter discusses tourism's impacts on global environmental change. Tourism affects four key Earth-system processes under threat: biodiversity loss, freshwater availability, land-use change, and climate change. On a global scale, tourism impacts on climate change are most significant. However, on a local or regional scale, tourism can be a considerable driver of change in the other processes, sometimes to an extent of global proportions. The various components of tourism act differently in these processes. Tourism mobility as a whole is generally the most problematic. The causes of tourism impacts are explored per system process and mitigation priorities are addressed. Mitigation of impacts is essential, also for the sustainable development of tourism. Strategy development needs an integrated approach, as measures to solve one issue can be counterproductive for other processes and goals.

Bibliographical information
Eijgelaar, E., & Peeters, P. (2014). The global footprint of tourism. In C. M. Hall, A. Lew & A. Williams (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Tourism (pp. 454-465). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

The chapter is also available as PDF via the Wiley Online Library.