Collaborative approach to produce climate information for decision-making

18:00 Tuesday 28 May




Stéphanie Bleau (Canada) 1

1 - Ouranos, consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change

In Quebec (Canada), tourism operators do not consider climate change (CC) as a strategic risk despite the influence of climate and weather conditions on seasonal businesses. In response to the lack of specialized climate information, tourism stakeholders often react to weather extremes and seasonal changes. Moreover, currently felt impacts within the tourism sector could be magnified with future climate trends. Vulnerable seasonal activities to climate conditions can also benefit from anticipated change. Well prepared tourism stakeholders could gain by enhancing dialogue, diversifying activities and multiplying regional and local partnerships to reduce the risks and focus on opportunities.

In this study, seasonal sub-sectors were examined and compared: agrotourism, camping, event, golf, snowmobiling, outdoor and sliding sports. Participatory action research was favored to better understand climate impacts and their influence on the decision-making processes and managers capacity to act. Based on previously established climate indicators with tourism managers and operators, climate data and specific mapping products were produced for the first time, as well as a risk and opportunity matrix for sub-sectors actual and future planning practices.

These new tools have therefore been produced for two tourism regions (Quebec and Charlevoix). They allow better considerations of climate risks and featured opportunities into decision-making processes and long-term asset investments. This talk will focus on knowledge co-production and visual communication tools linking climate science and tourism practices for capacity building and outreach. This vulnerability analysis supports cross sector and regional planning by informing tourism decisions makers. This project also serves as a foundation for a regional dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation.