Maldives Plans Tourist Tax to Fund Climate Change Mitigation Efforts
photo: Nattu via flickr
The Maldives may not be able to attend the COP15 climate talks this December due to budgetary problems, but The Economic Times reports it has just announced a new plan to fund its climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts -- a $3 per day tax on all tourists coming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation's island resorts:Though in 2008 some 683,000 people visited the Maldives as tourists -- that's nearly double the native population -- the global recession took a bite out of the nation's revenues (tourism is pretty much the main industry) and has put on hold efforts to make the nation the first carbon neutral nation, as well as efforts to establish a fund to allow the nation to move en masse to higher ground when rising seas overtake it, likely sometime later this century.
Should Climate Change Mitigation Fees be Assessed on Tourists Elsewhere Too? The bigger issue which I'd like TreeHugger readers to consider is whether or not the idea of a specific climate change tariff ought to be put in place in other countries. Like all manner of airport taxes, visa service fees, etc., as a supplement to efforts to reduce emissions and incorporate the price of carbon into goods, should we just set up small climate change mitigation fees for tourism?