Canary Islands debate on tourism and climate change

The forum "Conversa: Turismo y Cambio Climático en Canarias" was attended by different agents from the tourism sector in the archipelago. Patricio Azcárate, Secretary General of the Responsible Tourism Institute, the entity that manages the Biosphere certification, took part in the event.

On 26 April, the Hotel Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey hosted the forum "Conversa: Tourism and Climate Change in the Canary Islands", organised by Cadena SER. The event was attended by representatives of the different agents that make up the tourism sector in the archipelago. This is an activity that plays a strategic role in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations.

The event was opened by Lourdes Santana, regional director of Cadena SER in the Canary Islands, and Yaiza Castilla, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry of the Government of the Canary Islands. They emphasised the importance of green tourism, respectful and with a minimum impact on the environment. They were followed by travel journalist Paco Nadal, the event's moderator.

The forum was divided into three presentations with their respective round tables. The first speech was given by Patricio Azcárate, Secretary General of the Responsible Tourism Institute. His speech focused on the idea of not placing the economic responsibility for the carbon footprint on the tourist. He opted for offers that include sustainability perspectives without a significant increase in price.

The remaining two presentations were given by Juan Palop-Casado, architect and town planner, as well as director of LPA Studio; and Pedro Dorta, professor of Physical Geography at the University of La Laguna. The round tables were made up of public and private representatives from the tourism sector. They discussed the reduction of tourist pollution, the adaptation of tourism to climate change and some practical cases of sustainable actions.