“CTO CARPHA Regional Tourism Health Programme
In 2014, CARPHA and CTO launched a Regional Tourism and Health Programme geared at strengthening the links between tourism, health and environment for more resilient and sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.
View full CARPHA media release on launch: http://carpha.org/articles/ID/16/CARPHA-and-CTO-Launch-Tourism-and-Health-Programme
Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme
CHENACT website: http://www.chenact.com
The US$2 million Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT) was meant to drive the Caribbean hotels to implement energy efficient practices and to generate their own renewable energy. This, in turn, is expected to improve their competitiveness through improved energy use.
The region’s public and private sector tourism groupings, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) – through its environmental arm, the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) – conducted a 24-month project to help the Caribbean hotel sector move towards energy efficiency.
One of the main components was the design and preparation of the energy efficiency programme and institutional strengthening. Using Barbados as a case study, this component involved performing detailed energy audits and understanding energy consumption patterns among Caribbean hotels.
Other key components included support for the preparation of policy in energy efficiency for the tourism sector; assessing Caribbean energy service companies and their potential to service the tourism sector; and energy consumption surveys. The CHENACT project was conceptualized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which is contributed US$1 million to the budget, with the remainder coming from a number of participating agencies and the government of Barbados.
The CTO was the executing agency, while CAST implemented the project.
Other international agencies collaborating with CHTA and CTO on this initiative included:
- German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
- Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE) based in Brussels
- Inter American Development Bank (IDB) through the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP)
UNEP CTO Caribbean High Level Sustainable Tourism Symposium Project
The overall objective of this UNEP-CTO project was to assess CTO member country sustainable tourism-related priority needs and current and past institutional sustainable tourism programming and investment. A participatory high-level regional Symposium and consultation process to discuss identified needs took place in October 2012.
The STPS has provided additional support to IUCN, Switzerland by distributing its 2012 publications:
Biodiversity: My Hotel in Action – A guide to the sustainable use of biological resources in the Caribbean
Biodiversity: My Hotel in Action – Hotel Manager’s Checklist
Siting and Design of Hotels and Resorts – Principles and Case Studies for Biodiversity Conservation