2021, Report
CLIMATE CHANGE AND TOURISM IN TIMOR-LESTE: THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW
A CALL FOR ACTION TO RESPOND TO THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE FACING TIMOR-LESTE TOURISM |

Photo c. Wayne Lovell 

Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, tourism was growing steadily across the Southeast Asia region (ASEAN) and the world. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 will affect the volume and profitability of the sector in the short term. The silver lining of this crisis is that the industry has an opportunity to ‘build back better’ and establish a more sustainable modus operandi. 

Given tourism’s important role as a creator of jobs, booster of economies and contributor to the fight against global poverty; and in the face of the projected increase in travelers in coming years, there exists a real need for the sector to urgently act to adopt policies which will ensure that the sector is developed responsibly and sustainably, using the ‘quadruple bottom line’ approach of environmental, social, economic and climate responsiveness. This paper will consider all of these sustainability elements, but specifically focus on how to respond to impending climate change challenge.