Today in Marrakesh the World Bank – in close cooperation with the Academy Hassan II of science and technology and a number of Morrocan universities and Mediterranian and international research centers – organizes a conference on tourism and climate change in the lead-up to the 22nd Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP 22).
The conference will also explore the role of climate finance in setting up ecotourism projects, especially in remote areas with the natural capital to be able to generate green jobs. It will seek to pinpoint the main climate and environmental constraints on tourism destinations in the MENA region and identify the possibilities for sustainable finance.
In Morocco, which aims to attract up to 20 million tourists by 2020, the sector’s development policies are increasingly responsive to climate change constraints, especially in their water management. Morocco will be well placed at the conference to share its experience and success stories in this area, especially with the Qariati program to promote responsible rural tourism.