Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Local Development

The IMTM Sustainable Tourism Forum is held as part of the main trade fair event. The forum will provide a platform for dialogue within the Maldivian tourism industry on issues relating to sustainability of the Maldivian tourism sector. It would gather focus on key climatic and anthropogenic issues related to tourist activity while attempting to seek sustainable solutions based on international best practices, local initiatives, scientific research, technology and innovation.

This forum is held thematically to reflect the core areas of sustainable tourism development. It brings together various sectors of the Maldivian tourism industry and would bridge the gap between the local and international stakeholders, the Maldivian Government, independent institutions, the United Nations, relevant scientific and academic bodies to partake in multi-sector dialogue.

Given the vulnerability of the Maldives to the adverse impacts of climate change and in consideration of the unprecedented growth of the Maldivian tourism sector, the IMTM Sustainable Tourism Forum offers a platform to deliberate and share experiences and knowledge on sustainable tourism practices geared towards innovation, climate change adaptation and building resiliency of the industry and the Maldivian community. It would further stimulate understanding of the scientific elements influencing climate resilient development while identifying avenues for investment and improved livelihood of the Maldivian people.

Objectives of the IMTM Sustainable Tourism Forum
  • Raise awareness on the unique vulnerabilities facing the Maldivian tourism sector with respect to climate change
  • Contextualize adverse impacts of climate change as well as development related impacts to the long term sustainability of the Maldivian tourism sector.
  • Create a platform to stimulate dialogue between key players of the Maldivian tourism industry, international partners, the Government and the local community.
  • Discuss on public policies, regulations and legislative frameworks that have direct and indirect impact on sustainable tourism in the Maldives.
  • Showcase best practices among local initiatives that are geared towards improving resiliency of the islands to climate change impacts.
  • Identify connections between science, technology and innovation with local traditional knowledge.
  • Provide an avenue for academic debate on integrating climate science and tourism planning and implementation.
  • Share good practices and lessons from both national and international fronts.
  • Bridge the gap between the tourism industry and the local development
  • Establish and strengthen networks to foster innovation and collaborative approaches to support sustainable tourism
  • Support climate activism
  • Provide a benchmark for future national and regional level forums

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