The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC) and The Travel Foundation have a shared goal of supporting destinations in the Netherlands to build resilience and maximise the benefits of tourism for local communities, while helping to accelerate the travel and tourism sector’s pathway to a Net Zero future.
In partnership, the two organisations have developed The Climate Capacity Building Programme. This programme is designed to support destination organisations in the Netherlands with the knowledge, relationships, tools, and inspiration they need to effectively identify and manage their destinations’ climate impacts and to integrate climate action within their strategies, policies, and plans going forward, aligned with the five pathways of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism (Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate and Finance).
In this programme, four destinations within the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Leiden, Eindhoven and Drenthe, are receiving training and support to build their knowledge and literacy around climate action and tourism, as well as their capacity to successfully initiate climate action planning within their local context.
Each pilot destination organisation is being supported to develop its own action plan to ensure local ownership and engagement. An adaptive format ensures they can evolve according to emerging realities and build up towards longer-term thinking. These plans will activate quick win opportunities while building a foundation for accelerating destination response to the climate emergency in the coming years.
- Facilitated peer-to-peer sessions bringing the pilot destinations together
- Facilitated virtual, 1:1 coaching sessions for each destination
- Time for participants to work on the tasks set with technical support from The Travel Foundation to each destination to review ideas, proposed actions and provide input and feedback