New guidance on tourism concessions for protected areas released

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  • Guidelines help protected area authorities develop concessions and partnerships allowing them to contribute financially and technically to conservation
  • Many countries currently underuse tourism as means to contribute to the financial sustainability of protected areas.

14 September 2017 – The Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today released a new publication titled Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development.

Cover CBD 2 Sept 2017Designed to support protected area authorities and the private sector in their development and use of tourism partnerships and concessioning to contribute financially and technically to biodiversity conservation, the guidelines are geared towards protected area authorities, ministries of environment and tourism, policy experts and interested enterprises. The aim is to enhance the level of financial resources available for conservation management obtained from tourism concessions and partnerships

The tourism sector is recognized as being the largest global market-based contributor to the financing of protected area systems in many countries. In 2014, the Conference of the Parties to the CBD noted that, under appropriate safeguards, tourism can contribute to protected areas through partnerships and concessions. However, most countries currently underuse tourism as a means to contribute towards the financial sustainability of protected areas. The new guidelines aim to assist countries in addressing this gap.

Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, CBD Executive Secretary, said: “This ground-breaking publication supports a decision by Parties to the Convention to build the capacity of national and subnational park and protected area agencies to engage in partnerships with the tourism sector to complement public budgetary allocations towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11.” The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are a set of 20 time-bound, measurable targets to be met by the year 2020.

Prepared in the framework of an agreement between the CBD Secretariat and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and released at the 22nd Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly (UNWTO) in Chengdu, China, the publication includes information on the fundamentals of tourism, different tourism partnerships, financing concessions, a step-by-step guide to concession processes, integrating sustainability, contract management and concession capacity requirements.

The guidelines were developed as part of a project called “Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas: Cooperating for success”, executed on behalf of the CBD Secretariat by three members of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas: Dr Anna Spenceley, Dr Sue Snyman, and Professor Paul Eagles.  Government representatives from the ministries of tourism and environment, protected area agencies, and tourism boards in Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe contributed to the guidelines. Representatives of the CBD, International Finance Corporation, UN World Tourism Organisation and other members of the TAPAS Group also provided input.

 

Dr. Anna Spenceley, Chair of the TAPAS Group, said: “Our collaborative guideline development process has resulted in an informative tool that builds on previous experience and guidance, and is practical and easy-to-use, which is relevant for protected area managers. We are proud to contribute this advice in the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”

Funding for the project was provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and by the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Bio-Bridge Initiative. The publication also serves as a contribution to the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP).

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Available online: “Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development”

 


For more information:

Dr. Anna Spenceley, Chair of the TAPAS Group, annaspenceley@gmail.com
Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS): http://planeta.wikispaces.com/tapas
World Tourism Organization: http://www2.unwto.org/
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): www.iucn.org/
10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme: http://sdt.unwto.org/sustainable-tourism-10yfp


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 196 Parties so far, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing are supplementary agreements to the Convention. The Cartagena Protocol, which entered into force on 11 September 2003, seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. To date, 171 Parties have ratified the Cartagena Protocol. The Nagoya Protocol aims at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies. It entered into force on 12 October 2014 and to date has been ratified by 101 Parties. For more information visit: http://www.cbd.int. For additional information, please contact: David Ainsworth on +1 514 287 7025 or at david.ainsworth@cbd.int; or Johan Hedlund on +1 514 287 6670 or at johan.hedlund@cbd.int.

 

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The Responsible Tourist: Highlighted in the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Program magazine

The Responsible Tourist, written by Anna Spenceley and Andrew Rylance, has been highlighted in an article of the new 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme’s annual magazine.

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Concession and partnership guidelines profiled in the new 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Program magazine

The TAPAS Group’s new guidance on tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas is profiled in the new 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme’s annual magazine.

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Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to release new publication on tourism concessions and partnerships in parks

14 September 2017, 17:00, QuingYang Room, 5th floor,
Chengdu Century City International Convention Center, China

14 September 2017 – The tourism sector is recognized as the largest global market-based contributor to the financing of protected area systems in many countries. Protected areas are an essential tool for safeguarding the world’s biodiversity and preserving ecosystem services, currently at serious risk. In 2014, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) noted that, under appropriate safeguards, tourism can contribute to protected areas through partnerships and concessions. However, most countries currently underuse tourism as a means to contribute towards the financial sustainability of protected areas.Cover CBD 2 Sept 2017

The new publication released by the CBD Secretariat and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, with support from the UN World Tourism Organization, Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development, aims to assist countries in addressing this gap.

Designed to support tourism partnerships and concessions as means to increase the sector’s financial and technical contribution to conservation, the guidelines result from a wide consultation process with global experts and were validated in workshops in Southern Africa. Geared towards protected area authorities, ministries of environment and tourism, policy experts and interested businesses, the publication can be used as technical reference and as a capacity building tool.

The publication includes information on the fundamentals of tourism, different tourism partnerships, financing concessions, a step-by-step guide to concession processes, integrating sustainability, contract management and concession capacity requirements.

Speakers

  • Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity,
  • Márcio Favilla, Executive Director, Operational Programmes/Institutional Relations, UNWTO
  • Zhu Chunquan, Head of the IUCN China Office. 

Download the guidelines: “Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development” in high resolution or low resolution.

For more information and to request interviews please contact: Mr. Lijie Cai, lijie.cai@cbd.int, or Mr. Johan Hedlund, johan.hedlund@cbd.int, Programme Officers, Secretariat of the CBD.

New guidelines in development by TAPAS Group: Visitor counting, visitor surveys and economic analysis

An expert workshop on ‘Best practice guidelines on economic evaluation of tourism in protected areas’ was sponsored by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) between 2 and 5 May 2017, at the International Nature Conservation Academy, Vilm, Germany. The workshop brought together 12 experts from 6 countries to discuss the development of a global standard for visitor and socio-economic monitoring in protected areas to improve global comparability of resulting data and the overall quality of monitoring efforts.

The new guideline will be developed by the expert volunteers, led by Barbara Engels (Coordinator of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group’s Economics Working Group) with the following contributions:

  • Introduction  – Barbara Engels and Anna Spenceley
  • General methodology & the big picture – Marius Müller
  • Monitoring vs case studies – Niklas Scheder
  • Visitor counting – Manuel Woltering and Jan-Philip Schägner
  • Visitor survey – Daniel Metzler and Catherine Cullinane Thomas
  • Economic analysis  – Thiago Beraldo Souza and Daniel Metzler
  • Reporting and communication  – Liisa Kajala and Joel Erkkonen
  • Outlook and associated research  – Anna Spenceley and Barbara Engels
  • Tools/references links

VilmFrom left to right: Liisa Kajala, Manuel Woltering, Marius Müller, Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Jan-Philip Schägner, Anna Spenceley, Niklas Scheder, Barbara Engels, Daniel Metzler, Joel Erkkonen and Thiago Beraldo Souza 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Tourism Expert Dr. Anna Spenceley Appointed to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Board of Directors

Portrait iSimangaliso June 2017Expert in sustainable tourism, Dr. Anna Spenceley, has gained a seat on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Board of Directors.

Dr. Anna Spenceley was appointed to the GSTC Board of Directors, along with Ingunn Sørnes, and four re-elected board members: Jane Ashton, Beatriz Barreal Danel, Jorge Moller, and Melinda Watt.

“I’m thrilled to be back as part of the GSTC Board, and would like to thank all the GSTC members who supported my application,” Says Dr. Spenceley. “I’m looking forward to working with distinguished Board members, working groups, and members, to promote the positive impact that the GSTC has on sustainable tourism globally.”

“One of my first tasks is a Seychelles conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States’ in November. This is being organised in partnership with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage), the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group), and the GSTC is a core partner, ” adds Dr. Spenceley.

Dr. Spenceley served one term previously on the GSTC Board as the Vice-Chair, and she currently serves on the GSTC Destination Stewardship Working Group, the GSTC Accreditation Panel, and is a GSTC Trainer.  Anna is Chair of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Brighton. Her publications include ‘The Responsible Tourism’ – an e-book which helps travellers find sustainable holidays – and edited the book volumes “Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for Conservation and Development” and “Tourism and poverty reduction: Impacts and principles in developing countries”.

About the GSTC

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainable tourism standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders. The GSTC is an independent and neutral nonprofit organization that establishes and manages global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The standards are two sets of GSTC Criteria: Destination Criteria and Industry Criteria, the minimum requirements for tourism businesses and destinations to pursue in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, along with conservation and poverty alleviation. The GSTC represents a diverse and global membership, including UN agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards, tour operators, individuals and communities – all strive to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism.

See the GSTC post here