Online workshop: Social safeguard for protected area tourism in sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday 11 November 2020 (English & French)

Prospect C&S, as a member of the consortium led by COWI Belgium, has been entrusted to conduct the study entitled « Strengthening and replication of ecotourism achievements in the protected areas of sub-Saharan Africa ». This study is financed by the European Commission, under the Framework Contract SIEA 2018 (EuropeAid/138778/DH/SER/MULTI).

The European Union has been supporting the conservation of biodiversity in protected areas of sub-Saharan Africa for several decades. Among the multiple actions supported, several have focused on the development of tourism as the main ecosystem service provided by these protected areas. The objective is to guide the European Union and its partner countries in the future actions of development of ecotourism in the protected areas supported in sub-Saharan Africa.

The current study focuses on development of a social safeguard document that provides measures to protect indigenous and local populations from being harmed by tourism projects in protected areas in sub-Saharan Africa. The social safeguard is based on international best practices – particularly from the World Bank Group, UNDP, IUCN and WWF – and is couched in the realities being faced by Project Affected Communities associated with protected areas across the region.  

A draft social safeguard document has been prepared, using international best practice materials and in consultation with protected area representatives in Central and West Africa. We want to ensure that the safeguard is relevant and applicable to sub-Saharan Africa, and therefore request your input to:

  1. Review the draft social safeguard document and screening template and provide feedback.
  2. Participate in an online workshop of protected area representatives and practitioners to review and adjust the draft social safeguard document.

The online workshop will be facilitated by Dr Michaela Pawliczek, and will take place on 11 November 2020:

English: Wednesday 11 November 2020: 9 am – 11 am CAT
French: Wednesday 11 November 2020:  2 pm – 4 pm CAT

To register for the workshop, please simply email before 2 November. The draft safeguard will be shared with those who are registered prior to the meeting for review.

We hope that you will be able to share your expertise with us, to ensure that the final document is as relevant, applicable, and useful as possible.

Dr. Anna Spenceley and Dr. Michaela Pawliczek

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