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Regenerative Travel releases White Paper on climate action through regeneration

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Aligning with Regenerative Travel’s mission to drive change in the industry The Glasgow Declaration encourages the acceleration of climate action in tourism by securing commitments to reduce emissions in tourism by at least 50% over the next decade and achieve Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.

LONDON | NEW YORK - Regenerative Travel, a benefit corporation and a collection of independent hotels and lodges committed to regenerative hospitality announce it has joined a host of trailblazing brands in signing the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism that unites travel and tourism behind a common set of pathways for climate action, aligning the sector with global commitments and catalysing collaborative solutions to the many challenges facing businesses and destinations globally.

Aligning with Regenerative Travel’s mission to drive change in the industry The Glasgow Declaration encourages the acceleration of climate action in tourism by securing commitments to reduce emissions in tourism by at least 50% over the next decade and achieve Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050. The brand plans to use the Glasgow Declaration signing to encourage members to do the same and enhance climate action education amongst the collective. Starting with the release of its second collaborative white paper ‘Climate Action through Regeneration: Unlocking the Power of Communities and Nature through Tourism.’

The White Paper evolved from academic work performed by University of Edinburgh researcher Chloe King who surveyed travel businesses around the world (full list below) to understand how tourism, in the face of climate change, can ground their work in both the ability of communities to thrive and the protection, management, and restoration of nature.  “When Chloe approached RT to engage our members in her academic work, we saw an opportunity to work collaboratively together with her and O’Shannon Burns, who has worked closely with our hotel members on best practice sharing, to create a framework and actionable recommendations for small businesses seeking to take climate action through regeneration. We are excited to use our global network of travellers and partners to amplify the impact of the research,” Amanda Ho, co-founder & CEO of Regenerative Travel.

Using the IUCN Global Standards for Nature based Solutions to assess participating businesses, the findings reveal five core principles for businesses that seek to make a regenerative shift placing greater value on human wellbeing and nature through a holistic, place-based, community-led, and environment-centred approach. “A growing number of travel businesses are acknowledging the important role they can and must play if we as a sector are to effectively address the climate crisis.  But tourism has lagged behind other industries and we need to quickly build stakeholders' capacity to evaluate impacts and solutions. The white paper seeks to shine a light on the important role nature can play and to identify which factors make Nature-based solutions to climate change successful, or not.” O’Shannon Burns, white paper co-author.

Drawing on Regenerative Travel’s thought leadership as champions of regenerative solutions within the travel industry, this paper follows the brand's first white paper which sought to provide a practical framework for moving Regenerative Travel from buzzword to paradigm shift and has to date been downloaded 3,000+ times.

As with the first, this new white paper outlines practical examples, available support, and clear action steps so that travel businesses can take action today to begin utilising the power of Nature-based Solutions to draw down emissions and help destinations adapt to climate change. In an effort to catalyse action there will be both an event to dive deeper into the white paper with the authors, and other capacity-building opportunities for Regenerative Travel Hotel Members as they seek to take climate action.

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