Indigenous Community Engagement in Tourism & World Heritage

This workshop will focus on tourism and local people in the context of nominations
and the monitoring of existing World Heritage sites globally.

Following IUCN´s review of natural World Heritage site nominations which involve Indigenous Peoples, many issues were identified. There are many social policy issues that might be considered in the World Heritage nomination process, in terms of livelihoods, local institutions, conflict resolution mechanisms and basic human rights. Tourism is routinely part of the logic for nomination, though often without much thought about interactions, outcomes and capacity issues.

IUCN and indigenous leaders have identified a need to define the processes which IUCN would follow in reviewing nominations as well as during the monitoring and evaluation of existing sites. This workshop will focus on tourism aspects of these processes.

It is proposed to engage as wide a range of stakeholders – community representatives, particularly Indigenous peoples and those from developing nations where tourism is seen as a key component of poverty alleviation, plus protected area managers and management authorities and NGOs – to explore what has changed or needs further review in the Operational Guidelines to ensure visitation to World Heritage sites works in the service of both conservation and support for the local communities whose natural and cultural heritages are being presented for inscription.

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