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Minimise negative effects on local ecosystems, landscape character and local community life via stimulation of visitors flows and environmental marketing
System of monitoring and manageme n t of the tourism impacts on a valuable natural territory
Strategy and project for sustainable tourism development
Establishment of the status of a specialised guide for ecotourism, training system
System of permanent and mutual communication of protected areas administrations with all key stakeholders
Tradition or Inscenization?
is based on geological features
develops getourism products
creates outstanding tourist experiences
includes exceptional interpretation
provides value to local communities
should be sustainable
(prof. Ross Dowling)
Responsible tourism in natural (ecologically valuable) areas
of local population
( TIES, web: http//
- Not to be confused with nature based tourism!!!
Respects (doesnt change) local social structure, supports cultural identity!!!
Supports (not replaces) local
Geo park as geotourism and ecotourism destination???
geopark philosophy demanding diffrent approach to tourism development:
Not consuming the landsape heritage itself but its interpretation
Experience of own discovering,imagination
Active contcat of visitors with local / indigenous people
Supporting not replacing local economic and cultural activities
Relating daily life activities to our natural and cultural identity
Czech Assistance with establishment of Rio Coco Geopark and its geo- and ecotourism
Ecotourism and Birdwatching
still underestimated form of sustainable tourism, great potential especially for ecologically fragile areas
potencial pioneer segment: foreigner visitors with proper professional or hobby orientation who already know and want this tourism product
Tourism Guides in Ecologically Fragile Areas
Authorized guide – by protected area authority (training and accreditation system)
Nature and landscape protection
- t ourism f lows r egulation (visitor management)
Special offer for visitors
- ecotourism as a top tourism product:
interpretation of nature and landscape values
- specialized tours: wild nature observing
Sustainable enhancement of local
community economy and cultural identity
Case of Congo (Kindu surroundings)
Green Lungs for Green Tourism?
Is an area of 17 700 km 2 large and virgin enough?
Is the green tourism challenge or threat?
Landscape of the Maniema region
Left side of the river Lualaba (upper Congo river) flat landscape with clay substrate,on the river bank outcrops of red granite
In various streams the diamond is extracted (mainly for production of metal cutting mashines
In forests lenticular bearigs of copal (copal resin for lightening (lamps), in Europe for the high quality furniture and musical instrument varnish, Kleopatra had jewelry from that.
Right side of the river Lualaba is mountaineous and rich in minerals. Gold, kasiterit and coltan are mined mainly in rivers by washing.
WGL Travel & Expeditions
10 days of adventurous travelling in the heard of the Democratic R epublic of Kongo – on the middle river with local indigenous people on pirogs
Wild animals watching in their natural environment
Walking in the tropical forest and savana
Sightseeing of local handcraft, fishing, traditional pirogs production, colonial structures
Overnight in forest vill a ges an d in wild nature camps
Possibility of sustainable tourism development in Maniema - potential to support of the local efforts to develop themselves through their close relationship to nature
Basic precondition: deep traditions and local knowledge and strong respect to the built and natural environment
Sustainable tourism development as a part of the Maniema journey to the larger political and economic independence and environmental responsibility
Sustainable tourism development in the form of sustainable use of material and immaterial heritage of the Maniema region with active involvement of indigenous population
Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic Environmental Policy Department Phone: ++420-2-6712-2150 Mobile: ++420-602 643 054 E-mail: M artina.Paskova @ m z p .cz Thanks for your attention! Martina Pásková