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ESTC 2011 Presentation by Kelly Bricker, Rivers Fiji, Lease for Conservation
 

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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) (http://www.ecotourismconference.org/) presentation by Dr. Kelly Bricker, Director, Rivers Fiji, presented in September 2011. Organized by The ...

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) (http://www.ecotourismconference.org/) presentation by Dr. Kelly Bricker, Director, Rivers Fiji, presented in September 2011. Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (http://www.ecotourism.org), the ESTC is a unique annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry.

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  • The upper reach of the Navua River is located between Nabukelevu and Namuamua villages and winds 13 kilometers through the South Pacific’s most spectacular canyon.
  • The tourism product in Fiji offers all of the attributes associated with tropical island destinations, the 4 S’s--sun, sea, sand and surf. In addition, Fiji has thrived on an international reputation for friendly service and hospitable locals, with emphasis placed on the Fijian “smile.” As a result, the tourism industry in Fiji has grown substantially over the past 50 years. In 1999, tourism continued its upward swing, with nearly 410,000 overseas visitors contributing over $600 million in foreign exchange earnings (Fiji Visitors Bureau, 2000). And, tourism, recognized as the most important industry in Fiji, is responsible, directly and indirectly, for an estimated employment of 45,000 people In 2005, 550,000 tourists visited Fiji, with earnings estimated at F$213.8 million (p. 31). The Fiji Visitors Bureau predicts continued growth at an estimate of 7-9% in years ahead.
  • As a development tool, ecotourism can advance three basic goals of the convention on biological diversity… Conserve biological and cultural diversity by strengthening protected area management systems (public or private) and increasing the value of sound ecosystems; Promote the sustainable use of biodiversity, by generating income, jobs, and business opportunities in ecotourism and related business networks, and, Share the benefits of ecotourism developments equitably with local communities and indigenous people by obtaining their informed consent and full participation in planning and managing of ecotourism businesses…
  • The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 153 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 1626 wetland sites, totaling 145.6 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

ESTC 2011 Presentation by Kelly Bricker, Rivers Fiji, Lease for Conservation ESTC 2011 Presentation by Kelly Bricker, Rivers Fiji, Lease for Conservation Presentation Transcript

  • This presentation was presented at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2011 (ESTC 2011) , held in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, from September 19 th -21 st . Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the ESTC is a unique annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry. Learn more about the ESTC: http://www.ecotourismconference.org ESTC on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ESTC_Tourism ESTC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESTC.Tourism The International Ecotourism Society | web www.ecotourism.org email info@ecotourism.org | tel +1 202 506 5033
  • You can’t often see your destination on the first step of your journey… “ I’l l Fly Away” 12-19-94 Rivers Fiji…
  • Where is Fiji?
    • Situated approx. 2000 miles NE of Sydney, Australia
    • 332 Islands, one-third uninhabited…
    • Nearly 900,000 strong, 60% live in rural areas…
  • Tourism in Fiji
    • 2009, gross earnings over $800 million
    • Nearly 600,000 visitors in 2009
    • Spend an average of 8 days in Fiji
    • Employs nearly 45,000+ people
    • Australia (33%); NZ (17%); USA (14%); UK (12%); Japan (10%); Pacific Islanders (6%); Europe (5%);
  • Where is Rivers Fiji…
  • Rivers Fiji...
    • Founded in 1998
    • Partnership
    • New Ecotourism Product
  • How RF began…
    • First explored in 1993
    • Re-visit in 1995 & 1996
    • 1997 FTIB approval to operate commercial river trips…
    • 1998 – Started promoting & training guides (6 months)
    • 2000 – Established the Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA)
    • 2006 - Established as a RAMSAR Site
  • Rivers Fiji-Partnership APM Asia Pacific Mgt.
  • Ecotourism…
  • Rivers Fiji Vision …
    • To enhance visitor’s and indigenous peoples appreciation for the culture and environment by providing activities that promote conservation & preservation through socially responsible and environmentally sensitive interaction with people, landscapes and ecosystems which makes the Fijian Highlands so distinct and unique.
  • Objective…
    • To develop a nature-based tourism business that contributes to the preservation /conservation of Fiji’s natural resources upon which the business depends.
    • UNCA---RAMSAR----Others…
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  • Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA) NLTB Logging Company Rivers Fiji Tourists Mataqali
  • Strategy…
    • Implement the ‘leave no trace’ concepts and practices on all programs;
    • Educate local guides, community, and guests on ‘leave no trace’ and river conservation practices;
    • Create agreement with the local logging company and communities to conserve 200 meters on each side of the Upper Navua River Corridor.
    • Collaborate with Scientists; RAMSAR
  • Strategies…
    • Join local groups on ecotourism and sustainable tourism (e.g., The Fiji Ecotourism Association);
    • Share and collaborate knowledge of guide training, safety gear, and program development ideas with related and complimentary programs;
  • Strategies…
    • Work within established international guidelines for ecotourism and sustainable tourism development;
    • Expand slowly and in direct consultation with villages and relevant community member and landowners.
  • Rivers Fiji Today…
    • Environmental Conservation
      • Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA)
      • Education and Research
    • Social Programs
      • Addressing village needs
      • Guide Training Programs
      • Environmental Education
      • Healthcare
      • Student Groups
  • UNCA is Established Nov 4, 2006 as Fiji’s first Ramsar Wetland of International Importance
    • Third largest amongst Fiji’s Freshwater Drainages
      • 75 meters deep, 25 kilometers long (615 Hectares)
    • Supports species important for maintaining biological diversity of a particular region:
      • Migration of unique species of fish and crabs
      • High concentration of sago palms
      • New to science--a species of Gobie!
      • Parrots, iguanas…
  • UNCA Benefits
    • $$ Direct income from tourist dollars—realize direct benefits from conservation (2 villages, 9 Mataqali)
    • Lease for conservation = environmental protection, protects unique cultural sites
    • Initial efforts have led to international wetlands recognition, protects freshwater source
    • Increased awareness, which may lead to further protection through education and research of the gorge
  • Community Challenges
    • Lack of healthcare
    • Lack of clean water
    • Lack of transportation
    • Lack of trained professionals
    • Hospital 60k+ away, Suva
  • Solutions…
    • Infrastructure support
      • Road and Trail Maintenance to River
      • Care and Expense of Vehicles and Equipment
      • Guides
        • Safety
        • Responsibility
        • Training
        • Communication
      • WVU starting medical program
  • Future programs... Directed fund raisers for specific school projects UNCA Conservation newsletter to past guests Student program support Seek further conservation area support… Grants to support UNCA Ramsar Site
  • Rivers Fiji…
    • Environmental Conservation
      • Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA)
      • Education and Research
    • Social Programs
      • Village Donations
      • Guide Training Programs
      • Environmental Education Programs
      • Student Groups
  • “ If our planet is to be saved, this will be achieved not by ideologies or political programs, but by people, individuals, in business and elsewhere -- who make up their minds to love and work in greater harmony with the world in which we live.”   --Sir Laurens Van der Post Thank you!