Doing It Better: Resources for the Resilient Recovery of Nature-Based Tourism 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:30 am DC

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

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After three tumultuous years in the COVID-19 era, global tourism is rebounding as the pandemic recedes. Destinations are reopening, cautiously optimistic that travelers will return and bring with them much-needed revenues and jobs. For many nature-based tourism destinations that rely on tourism to support conservation and communities, the pandemic was a time to reflect and reset, adjust strategies and goals, and plot a more resilient course.   

Join this webinar hosted by the World Bank-led Global Wildlife Program for a discussion of opportunities and challenges faced by nature-based tourism destinations and the launch of the second edition of the Tools and Resources for Nature-Based Tourism report, updated to capture new resources responding to COVID-19. Lightning talks from tourism experts will shed light on how nature-based tourism can innovate to further development and conservation by harnessing nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, and strengthening communities and economies. 


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


Anna Spenceley, Consultant, GWP and Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) and Wendy Li, Tourism and Environmental Specialist, World Bank 

Eliza Northrop, Policy Lead, Global Ocean Programme, World Resources Institute 

Daniel Turner, Director, ANIMONDIAL 

Chloe King, Director of Conservation & Community Development, Solimar International  

Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, EUROPARC Federation 

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Speaker Bios 

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Anna Spenceley is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group). An international tourism expert with over 20 years of experience, Anna sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the Independent Advisory Panel of Travalyst. She is the editor of the Handbook for Sustainable Tourism Practitioners: The Essential Toolbox, co-author of Private Sector Tourism in Conservation Areas in Africa, and co-editor of the books Tourism and Poverty Reduction, Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for Conservation and Development, and Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation.She also co-edited the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas. 

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Eliza Northrop leads the policy work for the Global Ocean Programme at World Resources Institute, including as Secretariat for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. She is an international environmental lawyer with over 15 years’ experience working in international law and policy, specializing in climate change, ocean governance, natural resource management, and indigenous rights.  

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Chloe Kingis a marine conservationist, social scientist, and sustainable tourism consultant, with experience leading conservation and development projects in over a dozen destinations globally. As the Director of Conservation & Community Development for Solimar International, she has worked to utilize tourism as a catalyst for destination regeneration and resilience in communities on the frontlines of climate change—such as in the Maldives, Timor-Leste, and the Sundarbans Reserved Forest in Bangladesh. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, working with stakeholders in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador on reimagining a more resilient tourism future in the post-pandemic era. She holds an MSc Marine Systems and Policy from the University of Edinburgh and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge where she was a Marshall Scholar.  

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Daniel Turner is an environmental biologist who has been workingfor the advancement of applied animal protection forover20 years.Considered by many in the tourism industry as the pioneer of animal protection policy, Daniel is knowledgeable and experienced in the issues and in how to engage business to solve them. He instigated and co-drafted ABTA’s Animal Welfare Guidelines (2013). In 2018, Daniel co-founded ANIMONDIAL, a specialist consultancy providing practical guidance to help businesses better manage animal and nature protection. In collaboration with the World Travel & Tourism Council, ANIMONDIAL recently produced the report “Nature Positive Travel & Tourism” and an accompanying Vision to encourage tourism businesses to adopt measures to halt biodiversity loss and restore nature. 

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Vanessa Satur is a consultant on nature-based tourism at the World Bank. She brings over 20 years of experience as Manager of Technical Cooperation and Services in the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Vanessa has implemented over 80 projects in more than 60 countries, including national and local tourism master planning, sustainable tourism development, institutional streamlining and strengthening, product development, marketing and promotion, capacity building in tourism management and hospitality services, hotel classification, tourism legislation and regulation, and statistical strengthening and economic measurement of tourism. 


This virtual event is hosted by the Global Wildlife Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded World Bank-led program to combat illegal wildlife trade and promote wildlife-based economies. Please reach out to for questions.

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