Nature-based tourism (NBT) plays a significant role in sustainable development. Its potential to create jobs and growth while protecting wildlife and ecosystems makes it an enticing path for developing countriesseeking to align those interests. Yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, this sector on which many economies and communities rely can also be fragile and vulnerable to crisis. NBT practitioners and stakeholders are continuously developing and refining tools, guidelines, and practices and learning from previous efforts in order to strengthen the resilience of NBT and optimize its benefits. During this presentation, the Global Wildlife Program’s Nature-Based Tourism Community of Practice will launch a new report and e-book that synthesizes the tools and resources available to help NBT practitioners prepare and implement effective projects as well as start building back a resilient sector. Perspectives from NBT and community-based tourism enterprises in Indonesia, Australia, and elsewhere in Asia will be highlighted to show recovery efforts in action.
This virtual event is part of a monthly webinar series hosted by the Global Wildlife Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded program to combat illegal wildlife trade and support wildlife-based economies.
Listen to the webinar recording here
Access the tools and resources e-book and launch presentation here
|Garo Batmanian, Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes, and Biodiversity, World Bank
Garo is the Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes, and Biodiversity at the World Bank, managing several global programs in those areas. Garo joined the World Bank in 2004 and worked in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region as a Senior Environmental Specialist in Brazil. He was the World Bank’s Lead Environment Specialist for China and Mongolia, leading initiatives on air pollution, forests, biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Previously, he was the LAC Program Director of WWF-USA and the first CEO of WWF-Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, USA.
|Anna Spenceley, Author, Tools and Resources for Nature-Based Tourism
An international tourism expert, Anna is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) and sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the Independent Advisory Panel of Travalyst. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and the Journal of Ecotourism. Anna is the founder of STAND Ltd., a boutique consultancy company specializing in sustainable tourism development.
|Steve Noakes, Chair, Pacific Asia Tourism & Binna Burra Lodge, Australia; Director, Ecolodges Indonesia
Steve is founder of Pacific Asia Tourism, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the SDGs and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. He is also Director/part-owner of Ecolodges Indonesia & EcoSafari Indonesia, operating ecolodges and inbound tours with a wildlife and biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia, and Chairperson of the Board of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge in Lamington National Park in Australia. Steve contributed to the development of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and has served on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.
|Paul Eshoo, Sustainable Tourism Advisor
Paul has more than two decades of experience developing community-based ecotourism programs in Asia, including the Nam Nern Night Safari in Nam Et-Phou Louey with WCS, which won the World Responsible Tourism Award for Best Responsible Wildlife Experience in 2013, and the UNESCO Nam Ha Ecotourism Project, which won the Equator Prize in 2006. He currently manages his own social business, the Living Irrawaddy Dolphin Project in Myanmar, and is helping to set up a new conservation startup business, Asian Arks. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal and graduated from UC Berkeley in Political Economy of Natural Resources.
|Urvashi Narain, Lead Economist, ENB Global Practice, World Bank
Urvashi is a lead economist in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy global practice, with over 20 years’ experience on issues at the intersection of environment and development policy. Her areas of expertise span from air pollution management to watershed management to nature-based tourism. She led the 2016 World Bank publication, The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the Economic Case for Action, that influenced World Bank operations in air quality management across multiple regions. Currently she leads the Air Pollution and COVID-19 initiative at the Bank and until recently, she led the Nature-Based Tourism Community. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Land Economics.