Tourism in Transfrontier Conservation Areas: A vehicle for development and sustainable life
World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014
Tourism 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.
|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:
- YouTube link: http://youtu.be/rshvqoYccrA
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
The 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)
|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
The 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.