We envision a future where tourism
associated with protected areas has a
positive impact on biodiversity,
and where tourism is environmentally, socially
and economically sustainable
Who we are!
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
(WCPA) Specialist Group
Voluntary technical network
Specialists on tourism and protected areas and
areas of particular importance to biodiversity
Tourism and Protected Areas
Specialist Group (TAPAS) is one
of WCPA structural divisions
which is committed to support
sustainable tourism in
The mission of the TAPAS is to
provide a forum where people
collaborate, stimulate dialogue,
share expertise, develop and
disseminate knowledge, and
enhance learning, in order to enable
the planning, development and
management of sustainable
tourism in protected areas.
Membership benefits include:
* Exchanging dialogue and information
with a wide range of colleagues interested
i n tourism and protected areas
* Sharing research information
* Col laborating on joi n t publications and
participating in research programs,
seminars and conferences
* Membership i n a Google discussion group
* Discounted prices for social web
workshops and webinars
Six Objectives :
1 . Provide strategic advice to governments
and other s on the optimum approaches to
sustainable tourism in protected and
natural areas .
2. Strengthen the capacity and
effectiveness of protected area managers
and pol icy maker s and other s in relation to
3. Enhance the level of tourism
contribution to the goals of protected
areas and protected area systems.
4. Enhance the capacity of WCPA, including
through co-operative ventures wit h networks
and partner s and , in particular IUCN member s ,
and recognize thei r contributions .
5. Develop and disseminate knowledge on
tourism and protected areas, including case
studies and best practice syntheses .
6. Provide an interactive forum for individuals
working on protected areas and tourism, which
allows them to network, communicate,
col laborate, and develop partnerships.