Presentation events: Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States

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The Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place between 23 and 24 November, 2017 at UniSey campus Anse Royale, Mahe. The event took place during the was open to tourism professionals from public and private sector, NGOs involved in tourism, academics and students. Besides tourism stakeholders from Seychelles, the conference convened 30 international delegates from 18 other countries.

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In addition to keynote presentations, the two-day conference included seven sessions on (1) the evaluation of financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas, (2) destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas, (3) impacts on biodiversity of protected area tourism, (4) tourism concessions and partnerships, (5) community-benefits and socio-economic linkages from protected area tourism, (6) sensitization and awareness: tools and best practices to involve local populations and tourists in sustainable tourism, as well as (7) employment and training in sustainable tourism: tools to reduce poverty in SIDS.

Links to the presentations are provided below, via the IUCN WCPAs’ Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group’s Slideshare page.

Session 1: Keynote presentations
Keynote: A global view of sustainable tourism Randy Durband
Keynote: Sustainable tourism in protected areas Dr. Anna Spenceley
Keynote: Social responsibility and sustainable tourism in SIDS Dr. Madina Regnault
Session 2: Evaluation of financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas
Tourism-induced contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Jozani – Chwaka Bay National Park and Biosphere Reserve, Zanzibar/Tanzania Florian Carius (Germany)
Manta Rays, Communities and Tourism: Yap’s manta sanctuary as a partnership experiment José Truda Palazzo (Micronesia)
Can sustainable tourism create and manage Marine Parks? Sergio Chiarandini (Tanzania)
The reality of providing communities with socio-economic benefits in a coastal protected area in South Africa Prof. Felicité A. Fairer-Wessels (South Africa)
Session 3: Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas
Tourism certification in Africa Dr. Anna Spenceley (Seychelles)
Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) Janice Bristol (Seychelles)
Using private-public partnerships to develop sustainable agro- tourism: the Sao Tomé and Principe Michele Maccari (Sao Tomé ad Príncipe)
Oceans without Borders: &Beyond’s pioneering Marine conservation initiative. Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa)
Session 4: Impacts on biodiversity of protected area tourism
Impacts of voluntourism in the Cap Ternay Marine Park Josie Woodgate (Seychelles)
Sustaining healthy corals in Tumon Bay Marine Preserve: How is Guam’s tourism epicenter coping with climate change? Dr. Laurie J. Raymundo (Guam)
Impacts of human use on coral health in the Tumon Bay Marine Preserve, Guam Whitney C. Hoot (Guam)
Hotel establishment and Protected Area Management: Opportunities and potential Hervé Atayi (UK)
Session 5: Tourism concessions and partnerships
The prospects for environmentally sustainable tourism in New Zealand’s National Parks- testing a concessions-focused theory of regulation Valentina Dinica (New Zealand)
Protect and Prosper: World Heritage and Tourism in the Wadden Sea Anja Domnick (Germany)
A Public Private Partnership model for Ecotourism Development in Wadi el Gemal National Park in Egypt Mahmoud Sarhan (Egypt)
Session 6: Community-benefits and socio-economic linkages from protected area tourism
Antigua and Barbuda’s contribution to Sustainable Tourism initiatives that link culture and Heritage meeting CBD targets Ruth Spencer (Antigua)
Benefits and Costs Experienced by Communities living next to Amboseli National Park and Kimana Conservancy in Kenya Dr. Margaret Wachu Gichuhi (Kenya)
An Investigation into Community Fishing Practices around Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa)
The Hunting Ban and its Aftermath: The case of Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Prof. Joseph E. Mbaiwa (Botswana)
Wildlife FriendlyTM Tourism Certification as a Conservation Tool for Biodiversity in Small Island Developing States Marissa Altman
North Pole White Bear Study Tour Sergio Chiarandini (Tanzania)
Session 7:
Sensitization and Awareness: Tools and best practices to involve local populations and tourists in sustainable tourism
The Impact of Environmental Degradation & Community Involvement Ehad Bhaukaurally (Seychelles)
Social impacts of the Solid Waste & Tourism issues: how to involve locals and tourists alike in sustainable waste management. Katharina Raab & Prof. Ralf Wagner (Germany)
Using pre-dive briefings to change tourist diver behavior in Guam, Mariana Islands Ashton Williams (Guam)
We can make a difference…#AnseForbans Lisa Laporte-Booyse (Seychelles)
Session 8: Round table
Employment and Training in Sustainable Tourism: Tools to Reduce Poverty in SIDS
Introduction: 
Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Employment and Reducing Poverty in SIDS Dr. Frederick Thomas (France)
Using SOCMON as a Tool to Involve Islanders in Develop Community Based Tourism and Provide Need Based Training to Foster Sustainable Product Enhancement Dr. Vineeta Hoon (India)
Approach and Processes Developed by the Indian Ocean Commission for Sustainable Tourism in Indian Ocean Véronique Espitalier-Noël (Mauritius)
Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Employment and Reducing Poverty in SIDS Marion Etienne (Seychelles)

Video presentation: Sustainable Tourism? Be my guest! – The case of Aruba’s Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort

Held during the UN International Year on Sustainable Tourism, this was an initiative contributing to:
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