As a small isolated archipelago, the Seychelles is vulnerable to many natural hazardous events associated with climate change which adds to the urgency of taking decisive measures to put into action the Sendai Framework , which urges one and all to ‘use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels’
Focus is now on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. This framework is putting emphasis on the need for collaboration and to have coordination mechanisms between all sectors and stakeholders at all levels. It is also requesting the full engagement and responsibilities of all public and private sectors including businesses of which tourism.
Accent is being put on people centered preventive approach to disasters through risk reduction and on shared responsibility by involving all stakeholders. Given the importance of the tourism industry to the Seychelles economy, emphasis must be placed on ensuring its sustainability in the longer term. Reducing disaster risks through climate change adaptation will contribute to build the islands resilience and create opportunities for sustainable development.
It is therefore extremely important, for tourism businesses to ensure that they have risk and crisis management plans that address disaster preparedness, hazard assessments and monitoring, emergency response and evacuation procedures. It is also imperative to have effective communication strategy and good public relations that will assist them to handle any crisis or emergency situation including disaster incidents, especially when communicating information to various stakeholders including the Media .
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