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Tourism and Beach Management

 Tourism is the most characteristic economic factor for the German Baltic coast. This tourism focus topic analyses the different ecological and socio-economic influences of climate change and their impacts on the tourism sector. 

The tourism sector is of vital importance for the competitiveness and the long-term economic development of the region. In the federal states of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania as well as in Schleswig-Holstein, tourism provides a large portion of jobs and significantly influences economic strength, particularly in economically underdeveloped regions. Involving this sector in the development and implementation of successful, effective and financially feasible climate adaptation strategies is key for the sustainability of “German Baltic coast” as a tourist destination.

The impacts of climate change on tourism are inconsistent. Whereas a longer and warmer summer season might stimulate the demand for tourism in the region, deterioration of water quality or further erosion of beaches pose threats to coastal destinations. Both trends become apparent in the transition zone between land and water: at the beach. Through sustainable beach management, specific adaptation strategies can be developed which integrate the scientific as well as the socio-economic aspects of tourism in coastal areas.

The tourism focus topic within RADOST assesses and analyses climate change impacts on the tourism sector in order to develop and test adaptation measures. This includes conducting pilot implementations. The implementation projects are being carried out in close cooperation with network partners and regional stakeholders in order to reflect their needs and enable them to continue work on adaptation independently of the RADOST project.

In addition to disseminating information on potential climate change impacts, the project aims to develop a focus network that brings together relevant public and private parties. Studies on tourists’ perceptions of climate change impacts as well as their acceptance of possible adaptation measures are being conducted in order to improve and further develop marketing strategies and site planning.

Implementationprojectsof this focus topic are designed to test the practical suitability of adaptation measures (“Tourism in times of climate change – Regional adaptation strategies” and “Site planning in times of climate change”), intensify communication within the region (“Info pavilion Schönberg Beach”) as well as build a regional network (“The Bay of Kiel Climate Alliance”).


Partners involved: 
EUCC-D, IÖW, IOW, University of Kiel (CAU, Institute of Geography)
EUCC - Die Küsten Union Deutschland e.V.
c/o Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research
Straße, Nr.: 
Seestraße 15
PLZ, Ort: 
18119 Warnemünde
Contact person: 
Contact person: 
Inga Haller