Presentation events: Tourism concessions

Tourism concession and partnerships in protected areas: IUCN WCPA TAPAS Group side event

Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP14, Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, 27 November 2018

This side event brought together participants from various regions across the world, including protected area managers and tourism businesses.  The event:

Showcased the CBD guidelines on Tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas – presentation here

Launched the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Tourism and visitor management in protected areas – presentation here

Profiled a forthcoming guidance from the TAPAS Group to help evaluate economic impacts of tourism in protected areas – presentation here


Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas: Cooperating for success

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage Site, South Africa, 30 May – 2 June 2017

A networking meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity / IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group project ‘Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas: Cooperating for success’ took place at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site between 30 May and 2 June 2017.  Participants included 32 representatives of 13 countries: Botswana, Canada, Lesotho, Madagascar Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The delegates were representatives of government ministries of tourism and environment, protected area agencies, and tourism boards.

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Over the course of four days, the delegates worked through a series of presentations and working group sessions that provided opportunities to share experiences, and learn from one another. They shared stories of their successes and challenges they had experienced, and also options for improving concessioning and partnership processes in their protected areas.

Presentation Presenter
Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas Anna Spenceley
Understanding tourism Sue Snyman
Fundamentals of tourism and concessions in protected areas

– NGOs in protected areas

Paul Eagles
iSimangaliso World Heritage Site Terri Castis
Integrating sustainability Sue Snyman
Sources of finance Sue Snyman & Paul Eagles
Legal framework for concessions in protected areas Paul Eagles
Getting ready: Scoping, design and feasibility Anna Spenceley
Making it happen: Procurement and contracting Anna Spenceley
Managing concessions in protected areas Paul Eagles
Getting the job done: Skills and capacity needs Sue Snyman
Concession ‘speed dating’ Anna Spenceley
Planning follow on meetings Sue Snyman
Phase 2? Anna Spenceley


Tourism in Transfrontier Conservation Areas: A vehicle for development and sustainable life

World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014

DK mapTourism in Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) is emerging as a powerful new tourism product in the Southern African Development Community. With transboundary mountain biking, walking trails, running and canoe events, cultural events and festivals, in addition to transboundary routes and concessions, they can provide revenue and raise awareness for TFCAs. An expert panel presented examples of transboundary tourism products from SADC, and participants discussed the benefits and challenges associated with them. New guidelines for tourism concessions in SADC TFCAs were also discussed.

Presentation Presenter
Introduction to the session and the TAPAS Group Anna Spenceley (TAPAS Group)
Tour de Tuli – transboundary mountainbike event between Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, in the Greater Mapungubwe TFCA Susan Snyman (TAPAS Group, Wilderness Safaris)
Presentation on Desert Knights – transboundary a canoe and mountain bike event between South Africa and Namibia in the Ais Ais TFCA Roland Vorwerk (Boundless Southern Africa)
Presentation on the Pafuri Cross Border Trail and Shangane Cultural Festival – a transboundary walking trail and cultural event in the Great Limpopo TFCA Lamson Makuleke (Makuleke Community) and Piet Theron (Great Limpopo TFCA)

Video of the session:


Workshop on tourism concessions in Transfrontier Conservation Areas in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Airport Grand Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-3 September 2013

TFCA guidelines coverThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) developed a program that aims to provide guidance on the establishment and development of Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) in the region, with the support of GiZ. A two-day international workshop was held to contribution to the development of sustainable tourism concession model guidelines for TFCAs in SADC in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2013.

There were 54 participants from 11 SADC countries at the meeting. These included representatives drawn from protected area agencies, TFCA management units, ministries of environment and tourism, tourism authorities, tourism companies (developers and operators), finance institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

The agenda, and links to some of the presentations, can be found below.

Session and presentation Facilitator/ presenter
Overview of the TFCA Guidelines project and progress Anna Spenceley
Mozambique and the concession procurement process in Maputo Special Reserve Bartolemeu Soto
Contract management in tourism concessions & troubleshooting Giju Varghese
Panel session: Transboundary event products, promotion and challenges:
– Roland Vorwerk (Boundless Southern Africa)
– Zandry Haimbomdi (Namibia Wildlife Resorts)
– Piet Theron (GLTFCA)
Sue Snyman (CITW)
Anna Spenceley
SADC Portal Martin Leineweber


Concessioning tourism opportunities in conservation areas and maximizing rural development: Lessons and the way forward for Mozambique and other Southern African countries

Girasol Indy Village, Maputo, Mozambique, 19-22 March 2012

picture workshopThe IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group) worked in partnership with Technoserve and the African Safari Lodges Foundation (ASLF) to host a 4-day international training workshop on tourism concessions. This was held between 19 and 22 March 2012 in Maputo with support from USAID/SPEED and the Ford Foundation. The focus of the event was review best practices and challenges from southern Africa, to build capacity in regionally on tourism concessions, and to strengthen networks and communication between interested stakeholders, and also to review a concessions manual developed for Mozambique.

Session and presentation Facilitator/ presenter
Session 1: Introduction to the meeting
Opening by IUCN Regina Cruz
Introductory presentation by USAID / SPEED Robert Layng
Introduction to meeting, agenda, background to this meeting, concessions 101 Anna Spenceley, Jim Barborak, Rita Casimiro
Link to rural development Steve Collins
Session 2: Legal frameworks for concessions
Review of legal frameworks globally and in southern Africa Rita Casimiro
Mozambique policy and regulations Rita Casimiro
Tourism licenses and permits – an outline of the process in Mozambique Andre Calengo
Policy framework for tourism concessions in Namibia Peter-John Massyn
Session 3: Concessions processes
Review of processes globally/southern Africa/Mozambique Anna Spenceley, Jim Barborak
Negotiation of the concession between the Carr Foundation and The Government for Gorongoza Bartolomeu Soto
Concessions processes at Niassa Reserve, Mozambique Anabela Rodrigues, Vernon Booth
Concessions processes in Maputo Special Reserve, Mozambique Michelle Souto
Concessions processes in South African National Park Giju Varghese
Session 4: Concessions contract management and monitoring
Review of processes globally/southern Africa Anna Spenceley
Concessions management in South African National Parks Giju Varghese
Concessions management in Madagascar Michaela Pawzwick
Concessions contract management and monitoring in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique Anabela Rodrigues, Vernon Booth
Covane Community Lodge, Mozambique Paulo Massanhane, Geraldo Palalane
Illa  de Mozambique – a community rights approach Hafiz Jamu
Session 5: Financing tourism concessions
Models of financing Jim Barborak
Financing for private sector working in Mozambique Malcolm Turner
Financing for the private sector in tourism concessions in southern Africa Sue Snyman
Maximizing local linkages into the Tourism (the value chain) Manuel Mutimucuio
Session 6: Integrating sustainability
Best practice globally/southern Africa Anna Spenceley
Concessions and sustainability in Chimanimani: Ndzou Camp and MICAIA Andrew Kingman
Concessions and business sustainability in Mozambique: Banhine, Zinave, & Banamana Dave Law
Concessions and sustainability in southern Africa: Wilderness Safaris Sue Snyman
Session 7: Training and capacity building for concessions
Stakeholders involved in concessions & training needed Anna Spenceley, Jim Barborak
What communities and civil society need to know Ema Batey
What the private sector needs to know Andrew Kingman
What government agencies need to know Fransisco Pariela
Session 8: Concessions manuals and guidance
Concessions manuals available internationally Anna Spenceley, Jim Barborak
Concessions manual for Mozambique Anna Spenceley, Rita Casimiro
Session 9: Case study: Chemucane concession in the Maputo Special Reserve
Overview of the Chemucane Community concession Steve Collins
Session 10: Wrap up and way forward
Dissemination, outputs and options for the future Anna Spenceley, Jim Barborak, Rita Casimiro