World Bank Webinar 27 July: Strengthening Sharing of Benefits from Tourism with Local Communities

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

8:00 am – 9:15 am DC / 7:00 am ECT / 2:00 pm CAT / 6:00 pm ICT

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This event is in English with simultaneous interpretation provided in French and Spanish



Tourism in protected areas can generate benefits for local communities living around them, supporting local development and strengthening their collaboration in biodiversity conservation. To share benefits of tourism with local people, benefit sharing arrangements have been established across the world by public authorities, private businesses, communities, and NGO partners. These have provided a range of tangible and intangible benefits to communities. But without effective design and implementation, even established mechanisms may fail to deliver and threaten the premise of sustainable and inclusive tourism.

This webinar will discuss benefit sharing models, challenges and opportunities, and recommendations to strengthen these complex arrangements. Diverse models of tourism initiatives that are benefiting local communities will be highlighted to improve the impact of global protected area tourism.

Opening Remarks

Genevieve Connors, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Environment, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank


Anna Spenceley, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group)

Vanice Mirembe Daawa, Manager, Awareness & Human Wildlife Relations, Uganda Wildlife Authority

Phonesuck Inthavong, Ecotourism Head, Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park, Lao PDR

Mayra Castellanos, Tourism Professional, Heart of the Amazon Project, Cerro Azul, Colombia

William Alexander Rojas Melendez, Leader, Fantasias Community Association, Cerro Azul Puerta de Chiribiquete, Colombia

Adam Thalhath, Sustainability Manager & Community Outreach Manager, Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Shaha Hashim, Chairperson, Maldives Resilient Reefs and Maldives Programme Manager, Blue Marine Foundation



Vanessa Satur, Nature-Based Tourism Specialist Consultant, World Bank

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