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Commercial and philanthropic opportunities for enhancing wildlife conservation through Ecotourism

Commercial and philanthropic opportunities for enhancing wildlife conservation through Ecotourism

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  • 1. Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop Thursday 17th May, 2012 Commercial and philanthropic opportunities for enhancing wildlife conservation through Ecotourism Angus M Robinson & Susanna BradshawWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 2. Agenda A question of definitions and principles Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife Current ecotourism related partnerships Australian National Landscapes Philanthropy opportunities and vision Take awaysWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 3. Geotourism Incorporating all types of “place based” tourism Geotourism i.e. ‘experiential Cultural Sightseeing tourism’ Tourism Cuisine NATURE Heritage BASED Tourism TOURISM Agritourism Indigenous Tourism Boley, B.B. after Thompson, S. 2009Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 4. A Question of Definitions ‘Nature Based’ activities: Nature tourism involves travel to unspoiled places to experience and enjoy nature. Adventure tourism is nature tourism ‘on steroids’ Wildlife tourism involves travel to observe animals, birds and fish in their native habitats. Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment & improves the well-being of local people, defined by a set of principles.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970 Source: Honey, 2008: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development and
  • 5. Seven Principles of Ecotourism 1. Involves travel to natural destinations 2. Minimises impact 3. Builds environmental awareness 4. Provides financial benefits and empowerment for local people 5. Respects local culture 6. Supports human rights and democratic movements 7. Provides direct financial benefits for conservation Source: Honey, 2008: Ecotourism and Sustainable DevelopmentWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 6. Australian Definition of Ecotourism Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. Ecotourism Australia believes that the ultimate definition of ecotourism is compliance with the core criteria stated within the Eco Certification Program.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 7. Eco Certification Criteria In Australia, ECO Certification has three levels of achievement which have been developed to accommodate for a range of businesses and, their level of commitment to sustainability, dedication/applicability to social and cultural responsibilities, and the level of interpretation and education involved in the product(s). Currently no specific focus on philanthropy/funding of wildlife conservation research.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 8. Foundation for National Parks & WildlifeWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 9. Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife When then Premier of NSW, the Hon Tom Lewis MP, first established the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, he had a vision of establishing a complementary organisation, constituted mainly from the corporate sector, to acquire parks for the Service. Hence the birth of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife in 1970. Today the Foundation continues the tradition of growing parks and caring for them and the species that inhabit them.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 10. Foundation achievementsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 11. Volunteering Land for Conservation The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is the only organisation in Australia whose philanthropy is an investment in our public estate, for all to enjoy. There are tax incentives for landholders donating land but the real value is the growth of our national parks and the protection given to our plants and animals cared for under their management.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 12. Growing Our National Parks Growing our parks is essential to safeguard our natural heritage for future Australians. National Parks remain the core of our protected land system. The Foundation continues to purchase suitable land to add to extend our national reserves for future generations.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 13. The Foundation & Philanthropy Since its inception in 1970, the Foundation has been funding scientifically based projects for the benefit of Australian native species. To date the Foundation has saved four species from extinction and funded projects to research & conserve over 30 other Australian plant and animal species.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 14. Over 40 Years of CaringWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 15. Foundation achievementsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 16. Foundation achievementsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 17. Foundation achievementsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 18. Foundation achievementsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 19. Foundation Partnerships Funding wildlife research conservation projects Biodiversity, geodiversity, cultural or heritage focus Includes environmental interpretation projects Targeted to make the difference!Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 20. Yuraygir Coastal Walk Minimal impact, local benefitsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 21. Yuraygir Coastal Walk Follow the coastal emuWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 22. Yuraygir Coastal Walk Provides direct financial benefits for conservationWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 23. Strategic Partnerships Accommodation Providers within Protected AreasWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 24. Strategic Partnership Opportunities Ecotourism & Threatened Species – Eastern QuollsWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 25. University of Tasmania Project Eastern Quoll Trapping, TasmaniaWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 26. University of Tasmania Project Eastern Quoll MonitoringWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 27. University of Tasmania Project Eastern Quoll Pathology TestingWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 28. NP&WS ‘Koala Care’ Project - Gunnedah Tracking KoalasWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 29. NP&WS ‘Koala Care’ Project - Gunnedah Koala WranglingWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 30. NP&WS ‘Koala Care’ Project - Gunnedah Project Ambassador - Koala ExaminationWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 31. NP&WS ‘Koala Care’ Project - Gunnedah Koala ‘Unwrangling’Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 32. NP&WS ‘Koala Care’ Project - Gunnedah Thanks A Lot Mister!Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 33. NP&WS ‘Koala Care’ Project - Gunnedah Koala Scat Research!Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 34. Project Expeditions Providing supporters with hands on experience Foundation volunteer Project Ambassadors undertake field trips to experience, first hand, the work of the scientists and researchers they are supporting. The Foundation is looking to extend this opportunity to project sponsorship in partnership with Earthwatch who run similar expeditions. http://www.earthwatch.org/australia/expeditions/Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 35. Earthwatch Great Otway NP Koala Research Program for Volunteers Help scientists study the response of koalas to climate change to conserve their habitats and population. Traverse the Great Otway NP while conducting valuable research on koala habitats to understand the impact of climate change on population & behaviour. During organised expeditions, volunteers will get the chance to work closely with koalas and be involved in all aspects of the research. Leisure Solutions® is a current year sponsor.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
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  • 37. Australian National LandscapesWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 38. Scenic Rim Green Cauldron National LandscapeWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 39. Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 40. ‘Values Based’ Philanthropy Opportunities linked to Ecotourism Royalty payments from tour operators Corporate sponsorship of part or full project costs Per unit donations for research costs e.g. pathology tests, GPS collars Sponsorship of vehicle leases ‘voluntourists’ e.g. Earthwatch, Conservation Volunteers Australia, World Expeditions etc http://www.ecotourism.org/voluntourism Field Research ‘experiential’ tourismWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 41. Leisure Solutions® Philanthropy Vision Now: To act ‘on call’ as an interested sponsor of threatened species wildlife conservation projects which have (preferably) as their principal objective, the maintenance and/or regeneration of wildlife habitat. These projects can be located either within national parks or within public or private lands in any location in Australia. Future: To undertake these projects in the area in which the ecotour is being undertaken.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
  • 42. Take Aways Ecotourism requires a commitment by tour operators and accommodation providers to contribute to providing direct financial benefits for conservation. Demonstrated opportunities are now readily available for industry participation. With an increasing level of promotion of ‘nature based’ tourism into both established protected areas and National Landscapes, more opportunities will arise. In time, it is predicted that eco-certification will directly embrace wildlife conservation support. The Foundation is a leading NGO providing a vehicle for ecotourism driven philanthropy.Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970
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  • 44. For more information about the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife • Visit our website www.fnpw.org.au and sign up for our newsletter! • Become our friend on Facebook www.facebook.com/fnpw.1970 www.facebook.com/backyardbuddies • Follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/fnpw • Call us (02) 9221 1949 • Email arobinson@fnpw.org.au and sbradshaw@fnpw.org.auWildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970