Sofia is performing research on Carbon Reporting Frameworks for Sustainable Tourism to deliver one of the first comprehensive indicator systems to measure the cumulative impacts of tourism. She has analyzed existing indicators and is developing a framework which can be implemented by local authorities. She is also evaluating systems for collecting the data at the local level using existing metrics together with science based technical support. The project seeks to partner with local academic institutions to review how global leadership institutions such as Harvard can support the development of a cloud-based reporting system on biophysical and social indicators to be integrated into the post Paris COP 21 system.
Sofia holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard University Extension School. During her Master’s degree program she undertook extensive research on Mediterranean tourist destinations with a focus on direct and indirect impacts of tourism’s water and energy consumption, short and long-term effects of climate change on destinations, and carbon accounting of tourist accommodations. Sofia is also a graduate architect-engineer and has a strong technical background with many years of experience in buildings, infrastructure planning and design.
Sector Leader, Tourism and Sustainable Development
The German Development Corporation (GIZ)
Klaus is the sector leader for sustainable development through tourism for the German development cooperation (GIZ). He is overseeing research on balancing the eco-footprint of mass tourism with the positive impact of tourism in order to devise an inclusive green, climate-friendly destination development strategy. Klaus is currently serving as Chairman of the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
Vicente has worked in the tourism sector for more than 20 years, both locally and globally. His experience has been with a diverse spectrum of institutions, including the Valencian Government in Spain, the European Commission in Brussels, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development in Bolivia, the UNWTO Themis Foundation as Director, and the Inter-American Development Bank in Brazil. He has worked on global strategic alliances and planning, public policy, education, and development. Vicente has a Doctorate in engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and a Masters Degree in Tourism.
Collaborations with other Harvard University Schools
Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS)
The Policy Innovation in Tourism Development initiative has developed a working relationship with the Environment and Natural Resources Program (Henry Lee, Faculty Director) within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to develop the first program in the world to advance policy research on the management of tourism growth.
Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD)
Advanced Tools for Destination Management and Climate Change Preparation is being undertaken in cooperation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This research program takes full advantage of the extraordinary skills and experience in advanced landscape planning systems, geodesign and sustainable infrastructure planning at HGSD.
Harvard Extension School Sustainability and Environmental Management Program
This online and in-the-classroom degree and certificate program offers a wide variety of online training courses in corporate sustainability, environmental policy and international development, green building and community sustainability, natural resource management, and sustainable ecosystems management. This program offers two courses on sustainable tourism and degree candidates will have an opportunity to take part in research projects and internships in collaboration with the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, starting in 2015.
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