The South West Tourism Alliance

Working to Improve Tourism's Impact

Adapting to a Changing Climate

In 2003 the South West Climate Change Impacts Partnership (now called Climate South West) produced the scoping study ‘Warming to the Idea'. Based on the UK climate scenarios, the study identifies the possible impacts of climate change in the South West across such areas as the
natural environment, society, infrastructure, economy and tourism.

These changes in climate and the increased frequency of extreme and erratic weather will directly and indirectly affect tourism, and this will need adequate consideration in both regional and local development and planning. The impacts will present both challenges and opportunities in varying degrees across the region depending on the business location, type and its vulnerability.


Would you like get involved with Climate South West?  

Climate South West's Tourism Sector Group is looking for new business representatives to attend meetings and provide input into their activities.  

The group aims to identify, develop, and promote opportunities for tourism in the region to become resilient to the impacts of climate change.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Emma Whittlesea, who is chair of the group. Email:  
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The resources below offer more information about the projected climate changes and how tourism businesses can adapt.

  • Changing Climate, Changing Business 
    This easy to watch film (below), produced for Climate South West and South West Tourism, highlights some of the key problems presented by our changing climate and showcases how South West tourism businesses are taking measures to adapt.

    Including top tips on how to identify the potential risks to your business, this film acts as a useful guide to help plan and adapt for the changes ahead.


To watch the edited 6 minute version on You Tube, click here.

Hard copies of the DVD are available at a cost of £15 plus VAT each (including P&P). Send a purchase order or cheque for the 'Changing Climate - Changing Business' DVD to us at:

Climate SouthWest
C/o Environment Agency
Manley House
Kestrel Way

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  • Case Studies 
    Climate South West have produced a series of case studies on South West businesses that are taking actions to combat climate change (some of which are featured in the above video). To view the case studies on their website, click here.







  • click to visit 
    Visit this website to access a practical and interactive toolkit, which highlights examples of how your business might be affected, practical actions that you can take, and where to go for further information and support. The checklist also provides you with a personalised summary to help you plan and take action.












  • click to download 'Prepare your property for flooding'Prepare your property for Flooding 
    This leaflet shows the steps you can take to increase your businesses resilience to flooding. Although it's impossible to completely flood-proof your premises, there are things you can do to reduce the damage flooding can cause - meaning  the cost of cleaning up is less and you can be back open for business far more quickly.

    To find out if you are at risk of flooding and what flood warning service is available in your area call Floodline on 0845 988 1188*.

    *BT calls cost up to 2p/min plus 6p set-up fee from your home.
    Other providers and mobiles may vary.


  • Save Money - Go GreenIf you're looking for advice and resources on how you can make your business more sustainable, visit our Save Money - Go Green page.



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Going Green - How to get started

Sustainable Tourism for Dummies ®

This short booklet is a quick way to get your head round a big topic. To download the guide click on the image below:


click to visit Tourism South East to download the Dummies Guide


Hard copies may be available from your Destination Management Organisation.


Green is Good (DVD)

This short film features a range of tourism businesses sharing their tips and practical experience of going green. To watch it on Visit Somerset's website click here.


Inspiring Examples - Guilt Free Indulgence

Discover how leading South West tourism businesses offer luxury in a way that doesn't cost the earth. Click on the image below to download the document.


click to view the Guilt Free Indulgence guide


Green Certification

The Green Tourism Business Scheme can evaluate and award your green credentials as well as offering advice and support. Read more.