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Article published 25/03/2024

A press release from Fife Council has announced Welcome to Fife has become a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.

Councillors at Fife Council’s Cabinet Committee unanimously approved the decision for Welcome to Fife to become a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.

Welcome to Fife will now join over 840 signatories worldwide alongside Visit Inverness Loch Ness, national tourism boards, hotel groups, destination management organisations and tour operators.

The Glasgow Declaration, led by UN Tourism and One Planet Network aims to hasten climate action by supporting tourism businesses, destinations and institutions to develop and implement climate action plans with the aim of halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050.

The declaration unites travel and tourism behind a common set of pathways for climate action, aligning the sector with global commitments and creating collaborative solutions to the many challenges facing businesses and destinations globally.

The tourism industry has both a responsibility and an opportunity to protect the resources it depends on, including the environment, wildlife, and cultural heritage that bring travel experiences to life.

Tourism can contribute significantly to climate change, and Welcome to Fife are committed to reducing its impact. As sustainable tourism gains prominence as a key visitor demand, it presents an opportunity for growth and resilience in the sector.

Signing the Declaration aligns with the newly updated Fife Tourism Strategy, which has placed responsible tourism as a key priority. The new strategy includes sustainability being a core message which will be at the forefront of all Welcome to Fife campaigns.

Climate Fife Strategy and Action Plan

Fife Council declared a climate emergency in September 2019, and has since been delivering the Climate Fife Action Plan, with a refreshed and recharged Climate Fife Strategy and Action Plan approved in 2024.

Any work carried out in line with the Declaration will fit in with the Council’s Climate Action Strategy and in consultation with climate action partners.

Read the Climate Fife Strategy and Action Plan

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