Presentation events: Tourism at the World Parks Congress


wpcThe World Parks Congress was held in Sydney Australia from 12-19 November 2014. This event is organized by the IUCN once a decade to convene managers, scientists, community development specialists and artists in an 8-day conference on the role of protected areas biodiversity conservation.

The 6,000 participants participated in sessions, renewed and established new friendships, and strengthened their common passion.  Among the hundreds of sessions and events and presentations were 80 relating to tourism and visitation. Some of these were organised by the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist group and its members.  The TAPAS Group coordinated a “Tourism Journey” for the congress, to provide guidance for delegates on where and when tourism events could be found.

Linkages to some of the events, presentations and videos from the congress relating to tourism can be found below.

Presentation Presenter
Session: IUCN WCPA Tourism & Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group):  Activities, strategy, plus CBD and GSTC updates
Introduction to the session and the TAPAS Group Anna Spenceley (TAPAS Group)
Knowledge development in tourism and protected areas, including the new Best Practice Guidelines Glen Hvenegaard
World Heritage and Healthy People Healthy Parks Robyn Bushell
Membership of the TAPAS Group Elena Nikolaeva
Launch of the new Communities working group Susan Snyman
Updates from the Convention on Biological Diversity – Revision of the Guidelines and COP12 David Steuerman
The use of standards and indicators in destinations: the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Kelly Bricker
Video of the session
Session: Tourism as a nature-based solution
Introduction to the session and the TAPAS Group Anna Spenceley
The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) Marcio Favilla L. de Paula
Private sector contributions to conservation in protected areas Susan Snyman
Tourism as a nature-based solution in Russian protected areas Elena Nikolaeva
Tourism for health Robyn Bushell
The Makuleke’s joint venture partnerships in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area Lamson Maluleke
Session: Welcome Visitors: Making Tourism Work for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development: Critical Success Factors
Introduction to the session Anna Spenceley
Tourism on the Fast Track: Challenges for Sustainability and Development in the World Natural Heritage Site Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Central Vietnam Anna Huebner
Case Evidence from the Field: Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism Ross Sinclair
Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism Luca Santarossa
Understanding how visitation to protected areas can contribute to addressing development challenges: A case for incorporating visitor spending effects into development trade-off decisions Liisa Kajala
The Contribution Of ‘Eco-resorts’ To Regional Conservation Objectives Mark Borg
Estrategia Comunitaria de Turismo de Naturaleza en el Parque Nacional Natural Chingaza Mateo Barco Largo
The international standardization process: Tourist services provided by natural protected areas Clelia Lopez
Video of the session
Session: Tourism and protected areas
How Ecotourism is Improving Human Life and Fueling Conservation: Examples from Africa, Asia, North and South America Pamela Lanier
Use of sustainability indicators in ecotourism in Southern Africa Kevin Mearns
Living Outside the Fence: Opportunities for Communities Bordering Protected Areas to Benefit through Business Partnerships  – Case of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa Andrew Rylance
EUROPARC Federation: The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas Carol Ritchie
Linking Tourism and Conservation Peter Prokosh
Session: Tourism and Transfrontier Conservation Areas
Session: Launch of publications on tourism, protected areas and concessions
Introduction to the session and the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group Anna Spenceley
WCPA Best Practice Guidelines in Sustainable Tourism for Protected Areas and an online library of resources   Yu-Fai Leung
Tourism concessions in protected natural areas: guidelines for managers Nik Sekhran, Midori Paxton, Andy Thompson and the Hon. Uahekua Herunga
Protected Area Tourism Concessions: A toolkit – designed for practitioners advising governments and protected area authorities Dina Nichols
Special Edition of Koedoe, on Tourism and Protected Areas Steve McCool and Anna Spenceley
Special Edition of PARKS, on Tourism and the Aichi Targets Glen Hvenegaard and Elizabeth Halpenny
Video of the session