Sustainable practices and approaches: good conservation outcomes from tourism and visitation to protected and environmentally sensitive areas.

This workshop is to be developed and run collaboratively between the Tourism & Protected Areas –Specialist Group (TAPA-SG) of WCPA and the IUCN- Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the US National Park Service (USNPS). One of the best selling and most useful publications on tourism and protected areas has been the joint IUCN, UNEP and World Tourism Organisation publication in 2002, which came out as part of the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines series. Now some 10 years old, it is time to review the content in terms of changes in issues, challenges, opportunities and available technologies for those who are attempting to maximise the conservation outcomes and various benefits that can accrue from well planned and managed visitation to protected and environmentally sensitive areas. The 2003 World Parks Congress heard countless presentations about the importance of partnerships and ´benefits beyond boundaries, particularly from developing nations where tourism is seen as a key component of poverty alleviation. Conservation NGOs, Protected Area Managers, tourism industry representatives and researchers working in the field – will explore what has changed since the last publication; what we have learnt since then; what different stakeholders need to assist them to improve the partnerships between conservation and tourism; identify what the tourism industry is doing well and identify priority issues.

The workshop will include three presentations (15 mins) by TNC research on the economics of coastal tourism in the Caribbean; USNPS research into productive public – private partnerships and TAP-SG presentation on issues for discussion. It will be followed by breakout group discussion, feedback and plenary discussion.

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