Tourism industry actors must play an active role in tackling disasters to help realize sustainable tourism, Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesudibjo, has said.
"The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, is committed to this agenda by building quality and sustainable tourism," Tanoesudibjo said at the Ministerial Round Table of the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 in Bali.
According to a statement released on Thursday, during the forum, she discussed disaster risk reduction financing for tourism destinations. The losses due to disasters widen depending on the tourism ecosystem, Tanoesudibjo said.
"The cost of disaster losses widens because tourism depends on intact ecosystems and trust built over years. Hence, disaster prevention and preparedness are essential for an integrated management plan," she explained.
Indonesia is hosting the 7th Session of the GPDRR from May 23 to May 28, 2022, at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Badung district, Bali.
The GPDRR is a platform for stakeholders in the disaster mitigation sector to share best practices for tackling disaster risks.
Therefore, Tanoesudibjo said, a collaboration between stakeholders is needed for dealing with disasters.
Meanwhile, crisis management expert staff Fadjar Hutomo said that his party has launched the Carbon Footprint Calculator application as part of an effort to realize the goal of quality and sustainable tourism.
"The Carbon Footprint Calculator (CFPC) program is an effort by the ministry for balancing the value of produced emissions by absorbing the carbon footprint to help prevent its adverse impact on the climate," Hutomo explained.
On May 10, 2022, the delegates of the Indonesian G20 Presidency's Tourism Working Group (TWG) 1 in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, had expressed their commitment to creating a sustainable tourism climate through international financing.
"Reducing carbon emissions in the tourism sector requires financing to support the transformation towards more sustainable tourism," Indonesia's G20 TWG chair Frans Teguh had noted. (Antaranews)