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23 March 2015 – Tourism is a thirsty business. Peak tourist seasons are generally during the driest months of the year. Tourism development is most intense in coastal areas and on islands, where potable water is typically scarce. Read more.

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World Water Day 2015: UN Calls for Global Unity in Pursuit of Better Water Access for All

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22 March 2015 – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. Read more.

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In responding to global concern over climate change, Queensland is moving to become a world-leading ‘guilt-free’ destination. Tourism Queensland is working towards building sustainable destinations and supporting global best practice in tourism through its Sustainable Regions program. Prepared by EarthCheck, this Final Report signifies the conclusion of the Sustainable Regions pilot program delivered in five regions: Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island, North Stradbroke Island, Pioneer Valley/Cape Hillsborough and Winton.

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Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs.     In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts for marine operators and their guests when snorkelling.

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Good Environmental Practices: Snorkeling

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Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.  To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has put together these simple guidelines.

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Good Environmental Practices: Underwater Clean-up

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STCRC commissioned the development of a research agenda in January 2009 with the following aims: to map the process for increasing our understanding of fresh water as an input in the production of tourism outputsto illustrate the modelling required to establish the trade-offs and complementarities between the use of water for the production of tourism versus other outputs (e.g. agriculture, urban/industrial, environmental) to test and explore the range of policy and institutional responses that would be required to deliver an optimal allocation between competing water demands—including those arising from activities related to tourism.

by Lin Crase, Sue O’Keefe, Pierre Horwitz, May Carter, Ronlyn Duncan, Darla Hatton MacDonald, Fiona Haslam McKenzie and Ben Gawne

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This fact sheet explains how different water heating systems operate and provides information on how to select a suitable system, maintain it, and ensure it operates efficiently. It also highlights opportunities to save energy by reducing hot water consumption.

by ATEC, EC3 Global

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Human Waste Contamination at Huts and Campsites in the Back Country of Tasmania

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The introduction of a minimal impact bushwalking (MIB) education campaign has alerted walkers to preferred behavioural practices in natural environments. However, despite the introduction of this campaign in Tasmania in 1987, there are still issues relating to visitor impact in back-country environments. The impact of visitors on the natural environment is often measured in terms of vegetation loss or track erosion. Impacts dealing with water quality issues have also been researched to a lesser degree. However, despite the visual impact of  inadequately buried human faeces at campsites, there has been very little work done on the extent of this problem, and on associated health risks.

by Kerry Bridle, Jamie Kirkpatrick and Julie von Platen

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This second White Paper, From Challenges to Solutions, maps water stress and scarcity in the Asia Pacific region against tourism water use. The paper reviews new evidence to better understand the key drivers for water utilization in hotels and where management action should be best focused.

Primary data on hotels are sourced from a survey of hotels operators together with benchmarking data drawn from the international EarthCheck Certification database. In addition, a comparison of municipal and tourism water use per person per day is undertaken to gain some understanding of the key issues associated with water equity and responsible water management at a destination level. By ‘EarthCheck Research Institute’. Read more.

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