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Stakeholder Outreach Workshop Summaries and Risk Perception Analysis

The impacts from climate change are being observed in Hawai‘i. Detailed scientific studies are being conducted to enhance prediction of future conditions.1 Climate-related impacts to public safety and health may be compounded by impacts to the natural and cultural assets and infrastructure we depend upon and value. Hawai‘i’s tourism industry, the main driver of the state’s economy, is heavily dependent on these assets for its marketing and visitor experiences and satisfaction. As the primary generator of employment in the state, including direct (travel related) and indirect (tourism related businesses), and its extension through all sectors of Hawai‘i’s economy, there is an urgency to educate the visitor industry about the potential impacts of climate change.2 Strategic plans should be developed for preparing and adapting tourism infrastructure and assets to present and projected climate change impacts. Identifying these climate change impacts also offers an opportunity to consider sustainable resource use strategies for energy, water, transportation, and other critical resources utilized by the visitor industry.
This report details stakeholder outreach activities conducted by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program’s Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism as part of this project.

Workshop Summaries and Risk Perception Analysis
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Publication Date
September 2013