Tourism sector will be an important area where GHG emission reductions can be achieved in Chiang Mai and Hue. These initiatives can be linked to other social goals such as decent work creation, since the Chiang Mai and Hue cities are small and medium scale growing cities. These cities want to protect their natural resources and save energy by raising awareness on low carbon initiatives in tourism sector. These cities have already started some initiatives to promote green tourism activities by mobilizing their citizens, such as home stay programs (Hue), garden house tours (Hue), eco-tourism (Hue & Chiang Mai), cyclo (Hue) & bicycle tour (Hue & Chiang Mai), etc., and are keen to develop in this direction further.
The green tourism practices can take care of prevention of pollution (air, land and water); wise use of resources such as raw materials, water and energy; and protect/enhance of biodiversity. It also promotes to use energy efficiency measures, use solar energy, bio-gas, reuse/recycle of waste & wastewater, emphasize to use local products, etc. However, so far, this has been initiated with little scientific backing on how much it contributes to reduction of GHG emissions. With the current project, these initiatives will further be given a boost by having a solid basis and target for achievement and will make it easier to motivate their citizens to low carbon initiatives in tourism sector. Meanwhile, the local authorities and private sector who will benefit from improved capacity in planning for efficient energy use, improvement of environment and linking these to creating decent jobs. These practices will contribute to sustainable tourism development in both cities.