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Carbon Reporting and Management Framework for Tourism Destinations

Project Aims

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at the Center for Health and the Global Environment is launching a research program, and we are supporting the pilot phase that aims to develop and test a carbon reporting and management tool that can be used by tourism destinations.


Travel and tourism is growing at 4% annually and is now 10% of the global economy- making it one of the world’s most significant climate actors.  The large majority of data on tourism is reported at the national and international level, but most of the management challenges are at the local level. Local authorities have yet to receive information or training to gather data on tourism’s climate impacts, report to climate authorities, or attract investment to develop sustainable infrastructure.

Latest Activities

  • The Travel Foundation will be working with ISTI to pilot the tools in Cape Verde
  • A partnership agreement was signed in February 2017 and we look forward to reporting on first phase activities soon


Local authorities involved in the project will benefit in many ways, including being able to gauge their destination’s climate impacts, measure costs for servicing tourism, guide decision making and project the rising costs of non-renewable resources such as water. The Carbon Reporting and Management Framework for Destinations is a first step towards developing a sustainable infrastructure plan, that will help to lower carbon impacts and secure the resources for sustainable tourism growth.