REAP Tourism is a software tool designed to calculate the environmental footprint of visitors to any area in the UK. The basic foundation of the tool is a calculator which uses day visitor and staying visitor data combined with data on visitor expenditure, accommodation choices and recreational behavior for any user-defined area.
At a more advanced level REAP Tourism also provides users with the means to build scenarios, create footprint profiles for different visitor types and estimate the footprint of specific events.
This means that a user can:
REAP Tourism was designed through a collaboration between South West Tourism and the Stockholm Environment Institute. Version 1 of the software tool comes with 2006 data sets constructed for all districts, counties and DMOs within the South West of England. This copy of REAP Tourism is available for free to all agencies and organisations working within the South West of England.
Because REAP Tourism is essentially a calculator, as a user you can define both the area that you want to look at and the time period that you are interested in. You can collect new data that fits your purposes or adjust and update the existing data set.
Should you have any further questions about the software use and distribution please contact Chris West
Should you wish to find out about training opportunities or to discuss the use of REAP Tourism in the South West of England please contact Emma Whittlesea
For more information, download REAP Tourism Working Paper
REAP Petite is now available online:
You can calculate your greenhouse gas and carbon footprints and the footprint of your community.
Register for free to join a group, make pledges and compare community results.
The use of REAP in Scotland has been reviewed by the EPSRC ISSUES Project who look at urban sustainability.
"The Sustainable Urban Environments Programme is an EPSRC funded portfolio of research looking at ways of improving sustainability in the urban environment." (taken from www.urbansustainabilityexchange.org.uk, July 2010)
The full report titled "The Process of Knowledge Transfer from Researcher and Policy Maker to End-User" provides an analysis of the footprinting work done in Scotland and the use of REAP by Scottish Local Authorities. It is available here.