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  • The broad geographic scope of the Partnership, as well as the depth of its members’ expertise, will enable it to adapt, replicate, and scale-up successful projects initiated by any partner in other regions. Thus, knowledge acquired in Africa could be applied in Latin America, Asia, Europe, or North America, or vice versa.

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  • Dr. Stefanos FotiouUnited Nations Environment Programme 1
  • ContentsWhy do we need a Partnership? To create synergies for all tourism partnersVision, mission and key success factors A Partnership to transform tourism worldwideMembership services and possible accomplishments Advocacy, projects, new tools, networks and marketing for YOURelevance for the DMZ Learning from each other 2
  • Why do we need a Partnership? To create synergies for all tourism partners 3
  • Why do we need a Partnership?• Many separate • Misunderstanding • More loss of time • Limited results and money to reach a projects and • Money and time sustainable initiatives development• Information loss • Anger, frustration, overload loss of trust in development cooperation 4
  • Why do we need a Partnership? Bridging the gap to create synergies for all tourism partners “All in one” Partnership as clearinghouse for all Partner- tourism stakeholders shipLocal or Globalnational Orientated on specific issues 5
  • Vision, mission and key success factors A Partnership to transform tourism worldwide 6
  • VisionTo be the leading international tourism Partnershipuniting the private sector, governments, academia, and NGOs to enhance sustainability within the tourism sector. 7
  • MissionThe Partnership aims to transform the way tourism is done worldwide,at all scales, through following seven thematic action lines: • Promoting good policy frameworks for sustainable tourism Policy Frameworks development • Actions on, and increased awareness of, the links between Climate Change tourism and climate change Poverty • Tourism as a mechanism for poverty alleviation • Facilitating the promotion of cultural and natural heritage Heritage through tourism, while strengthening living cultures and conserving biodiversity • Assisting the tourism private sector and its supply chain in Private Sector becoming more sustainable (including water, energy, and social foot printing) • Finance and investment in tourism linked to the Green Finance & Investment Economy Environment, resource • Prevention initiatives, notably in protected and ecologically efficiency, and biodiversity sensitive areas 8
  • Key Success Factor 1 – the Partnership itselfUnique global platform unifying: Partnership will enable to launch, replicate, or scale-up local knowledge successful projects and initiated by any networks partner. members Thus, knowledge in-depth expertise acquired in Africa could be applied in broad geographic Latin America, Asia, scope Europe, or North America, or vice versa. 9
  • Key Success Factor 2 – the successful historyThe Partnership will build upon the three-year successstory of the International Task Force on SustainableTourism Development: Membership Cooperation Policy Projects • Membership of • 5 UN agencies • Developed policy • Helped support 18 countries and and other IGOs recommendat- nearly 40 25 organizations, such as OECD, ions for tourism projects chaired by EC, cooperating stakeholders France 10
  • Membership services platform andpossible accomplishments Advocacy, projects, new tools, networks and marketing for YOU 11
  • Four main activities Scaling up andImplementing replicating Building policy Developing successful networks and recommen- new tools projects in partnerships dations other regions 12
  • Example: Tourism Sustainability Council• A global accreditation body, supported by the UN system (UNWTO, UNEP etc.)• Accredit regional, national or local certification schemes on sustainable tourism• Create a global database of certified providers• On what basis? 13
  • The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria• A set of 34 criteria with indicators• Developed by a partnership including: – Regional Tourism Organisations – NTOs – The UN system – Global NGOs – The Private sector• http://www.sustainabletourismcriteria.org/ 14
  • Example of a criterion• Energy consumption should be measured, sources indicated, and measures to decrease overall consumption should be adopted, while encouraging the use of renewable energy.• Indicators proposed: – Percentage of total energy from renewable sources – Monetary investment in energy saving devices/ technologies and renewable energies – Total energy consumed per tourist specific activity (guest-night, tourists, etc) per source or divided renewable versus non- renewable fuel• GSTC_example.htm 15
  • The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria 16
  • Example: The ENVIROTEL Tool 17
  • Example: The ENVIROTEL Tool 18
  • Membership services platform* Drive debate on Improve your Connect with Promote your Project support partners interestsPolicy & advocacy Networking & events sustainability in results-delivery Communication tools tourism policies worldwide • Advocacy for the • Technical and • Project directory • Use of Logo implementation of project guidance summarizing for Partnership the policy • Identification of project, contact projects recommendations funding details, networking • Market place for sustainable opportunities interests, and key for your products tourism • Development of success factors and activities development new tools • Members through the • Promotion of • Information and directory Partnership sustainability in knowledge • General Annual website tourism in political generation Assembly • Communication kit agendas thus through the • Workshops, trainin for all members to impacting decision Partnership gs, events promote making website membership and • Joint fundraising opportunities the Partnership *from 2011 onwards 19
  • What the Partnership could accomplish Transform the way tourism is done worldwide, at all scales, by consumers, by enterprises, and by the governments that plan and regulate destinations. Quickly Develop new Implement and Spread InnovationTransfer Mainstream Capacity implement in methods, policie monitor throughout the one part of the s, networks, and innovative world the many world an idea capacity- management successful, but that was building practices and little-known conceived in activities. technologies. projects that another. already undertake sustainable consumption and production in tourism. 20
  • One possible key accomplishment:- Single, isolated projects- Limited impact  Cooperative, scaled-up project  High impact 21
  • Do you have questions, or want to join the Partnership?Please contact us:United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)tourism@unep.orgIn Asia and the Pacific:Dr. Stefanos FotiouRegional Coordinator: Resource Efficiencystefanos.fotiou@unep.org 22