Climate change adaptation in tourism

Abstract: My study compares conceptual models on adaptation of tourism to climate change. It examines models created by study respondents with backgrounds in tourism and compares them to those developed by respondents with policy background, in Kilifi, coastal Kenya. By doing so, the study addresses an important research concern about environmental change decisions that fall across knowledge asymmetries of stakeholders involved. For such decisions, Latulippe & Klenk, (2020), recommend a focus on ways that prioritize sovereignty of locally held knowledge, in particular as a precondition for implementing effective adaptation strategies (Olazabal, et al., 2021). My analysis thus tries to find out perceptions regarding adaptation planning, as part of environmental change decisions, that can be turned around to the interests of locals for effective adaptation. It does so by identifying decisive points that hold significance to tourism dependent local community. The analysis which incorporates a gender dimension, shows where there is adaptation knowledge (mis)matches among tourism stakeholder groups.

Short bio: Lucy is a doctoral candidate in the Deliberation, Valuation and Sustainability working group. Her research focuses on tourism in marine environments, utilizing a mixed-methods social science approach.  

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