Final agenda: Conference on Sustainable Tourism in SIDS – 22-24 November, Seychelles

22-24 November 2017 (Conference), 25-26 November 2017 (Field visits)

SIDS_Conference_PosterIn the framework of the 2017 UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development this conference wishes to provide a platform for tourism professionals, academics and practitioners from other SIDS and the region to discuss an integrated practical approach to sustain-able tourism in SIDS. For this event, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), and the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) partnered up with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Paris Tourism Sorbonne Institute of Research and Higher Education in Tourism (IREST), to organize a regional conference on sustainable tourism in SIDS, which will combine academic tourism re-search with practical best practice examples. The conference aims at connecting the various stakeholders working and researching the environmental and socio-cultural development of the tourism industry, for constructive discussions and networking.


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Wednesday 22 November 2017

15:00-18:00 Registrations, Meet & Greet, UniSey campus, Anse Royale

Day 1: Thursday 23 November 2017

Time Activity Presenter/facilitator
Opening of the conference
8.00 – 8.30 Official opening and welcome  Bernice Elizabeth
Ministerial Opening Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Mr  Dogley

Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr Loustau-Lalanne

Aim and objectives of the meeting, overview of participants, agenda and field visits Diana Koerner
Session 1: Keynote presentations: (F) Bernice Elizabeth
8.30 – 9.00 Keynote: A global view of sustainable tourism Randy Durband
9.00 – 9.30 Keynote: Sustainable tourism in protected areas Dr. Anna Spenceley
9.30 – 10.00 Keynote: Social responsibility and sustainable tourism in SIDS Dr. Madina Regnault
10.00 – 10.30 Tea/coffee
Session 2: Evaluation of financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas (F) Kelly Hoareau
10.30 – 10.45 Tourism-induced contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Jozani – Chwaka Bay National Park and Biosphere Reserve, Zanzibar/Tanzania Florian Carius (Germany)
10.45 – 11.00 Manta Rays, Communities and Tourism: Yap’s manta sanctuary as a partnership experiment José Truda Palazzo (Micronesia)
11.00 – 11.15 Can sustainable tourism create and manage Marine Parks? Sergio Chiarandini (Tanzania)
11.15 – 11.30 The reality of providing communities with socio-economic benefits in a coastal protected area in South Africa Prof. Felicité A. Fairer-Wessels (South Africa)
11.30 – 11.45 Q&A
11.45 – 12.30 Plenary debate: What are the best ways of measuring financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas? (F) Kelly Hoareau
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
Session 3: Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (F) Randy Durband
1.30 – 1.45 Tourism certification in Africa Dr. Anna Spenceley (Seychelles)
1.45 – 2.00 Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) Janice Bristol (Seychelles)
2.00 – 2.15 Using private-public partnerships to develop sustainable agro-tourism: the Sao Tomé and Principe Michele Maccari (Sao Tomé ad Príncipe)
2.15 – 2.30 Oceans without Borders: &Beyond’s pioneering Marine conservation initiative. Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa)
2.30-2.40 Q&A
2.40 – 3.00 Plenary debate: Certification and standards – what is the return on investment for tour operators and destinations? (F) Randy Durband
3.00 – 3.30 Tea/coffee
Session 4: Impacts on biodiversity of protected area tourism (F) Dr Ashton Berry
3.30 – 3.45 Impacts of voluntourism in the Cap Ternay Marine Park Josie Woodgate (Seychelles)
3.45 – 4.00 Sustaining healthy corals in Tumon Bay Marine Preserve: How is Guam’s tourism epicenter coping with climate change? Dr. Laurie J. Raymundo (Guam)
4.00 – 4.15 Impacts of human use on coral health in the Tumon Bay Marine Preserve, Guam Whitney C. Hoot (Guam)
4.15 – 4.30 Hotel establishment and Protected Area Management: Opportunities and potential Hervé Atayi (UK)
4.30 – 4.45 Q&A
4.45 Closure of Day 1


Day 2: Friday 24 November 2017

Time Activity Presenter/facilitator
Opening of Day 2
8.00 – 8.30 Overview of Day 1
Agenda for Day 2
Logistics for field trips (Day 3-4)
Dr. Anna Spenceley /Dr. Madina Regnault /Diana Koerner
Session 5: Tourism concessions and partnerships (F) Dr. Anna Spenceley
8.30 – 8.45 The prospects for environmentally sustainable tourism in New Zealand’s National Parks- testing a concessions-focused theory of regulation Valentina Dinica (New Zealand)
8.45 – 9.00 Protect and Prosper: World Heritage and Tourism in the Wadden Sea Anja Domnick (Germany)
9.00 – 9.15 A Public Private Partnership model for Ecotourism Development in Wadi el Gemal National Park in Egypt Mahmoud Sarhan (Egypt)
9.15 – 9.30 Q&A
9.30 – 10.00 Plenary discussion: What are the ingredients for successful concessions and partnerships? (F) Dr. Anna Spenceley
10.00 – 10.30 Tea/coffee
Session 6: Community-benefits and socio-economic linkages from protected area tourism Bruce Downie
10.30 – 10.45 Antigua and Barbuda’s contribution to Sustainable Tourism initiatives that link culture and Heritage meeting CBD targets Ruth Spencer (Antigua)
10.45 – 11.00 Benefits and Costs Experienced by Communities living next to Amboseli National Park and Kimana Conservancy in Kenya Dr. Margaret Wachu Gichuhi (Kenya)
11.00 – 11.15 An Investigation into Community Fishing Practices around Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa)
11.15 – 11.30 The Hunting Ban and its Aftermath: The case of Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Prof. Joseph E. Mbaiwa (Botswana)
11.30 – 11.40 Q&A
11.40 – 12.10 Plenary debate:   Best practices in community benefits from tourism in protected areas  (F) Bruce Downie
12.00 – 12.10 Video presentation: Wildlife FriendlyTM Tourism Certification as a Conservation Tool for Biodiversity in Small Island Developing States Marissa Altman
12.10 – 12.30 Video presentation:   Anthropological approaches of tourism in SIDS Prof. Thomas Ericsson
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
Session 7:

Sensitization and Awareness: Tools and best practices to involve local populations and tourists in sustainable tourism

(F) Dr. Madina Regnault
1.30 – 1.45 Video presentation : Sustainable Tourism? Be my guest! – The case of Aruba’s Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort Francielle A. Laclé (Aruba)


1.45 – 2.00 The Impact of Environmental Degradation & Community Involvement Ehad Bhaukaurally
2.00 – 2.15 Social impacts of the Solid Waste & Tourism issues: how to involve locals and tourists alike in sustainable waste management. Katharina Raab & Prof. Ralf Wagner (Germany)
2.15 – 2.30 Using pre-dive briefings to change tourist diver behavior in Guam, Mariana Islands Ashton Williams (Guam)
2.30 – 2.45 We can make a difference…#AnseForbans Lisa Laporte-Booyse (Seychelles)
2.45 – 3.00 Q&A  
3.00 – 3.30 Tea/coffee
Session 8: Round table

Employment and Training in Sustainable Tourism: Tools to Reduce Poverty in SIDS

 (F) Frederick Thomas
3.30 – 3.45 Introduction

Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Employment and Reducing Poverty in SIDS

Frederick Thomas (France)
3.45 – 4.00 Video presentation: Sustainable Tourist Destinations from a Human Resources Perspective: The Role of Green Jobs Prof. Adele Ladkin (UK)
4.00 – 4.15 Using SOCMON as a Tool to Involve Islanders in Develop Community Based Tourism and Provide Need Based Training to Foster Sustainable Product Enhancement Dr. Vineeta Hoon (India)
4.15 – 4.30 Approach and Processes Developed by the Indian Ocean Commission for Sustainable Tourism in Indian Ocean Véronique Espitalier-Noël (Mauritius)
4.30 – 4.45 Questions and conclusions of round table Frederick Thomas (France)
4.45 Closure of Day 2
7 pm Gala dinner at AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort

Keynote: Daniella Payet, Founder Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation
Keynote: Joelle Perreau, Dean of Arts and Social Development, University of Seychelles


Field Trips 

Saturday 25 November: Visit to Cousin Island Special Reserve, Nature Seychelles
Sunday 26 November: Option 1: Visit to Constance Ephelia Resort, Port Launay, Mahe
Sunday 26 November: Option 2: Visit to Cerf Island, Sainte Anne Marine National Park

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