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Fundamentals of tourism: NGOs in protected areas, Paul F J Eagles


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Presentation made at the CBD/IUCN TAPAS Group meeting on "Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas: Cooperating for success" meeting in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Fundamentals of tourism: NGOs in protected areas, Paul F J Eagles

  1. 1. Fundamentals of Tourism:
 NGOs in Protected Areas Workshop on Tourism Partnerships Time Block 2 Paul F. J. Eagles May 30, 2017
  2. 2. Friends Groups •  Common in museums, art galleries, and historic sites. •  Many park agencies encourage the development of non-government organizations, called Friends Groups. •  These are membership organizations that work through a contract with a park. •  A registered charity, with legal non-profit status.
  3. 3. Activities •  Provide guiding, interpretation, and environmental education programs to park visitors. •  Operate environmental and cultural festivals. •  Some operate entire parks. •  There are Friends Groups operating in 25 of the 110 provincial parks in Ontario, Canada.
  4. 4. Income •  Sales of products. •  Donations •  Lotteries
  5. 5. Benefits •  Allows park visitors and citizens to become involved with the park. •  Major conduit for donations of time and money.
  6. 6. Misery Bay Provincial Park
  7. 7. Donations
  8. 8. Park Management Responsibilities •  Head office has one staff person with the responsibly to encourage and assist these NGOs. •  Some are provided with start-up funds. •  Each park has a staff manager with NGO contact responsibilities. •  Largest Friends Groups have full time staff.
  9. 9. 
 Alternative to Concessionaires
 •  Friends groups are an alternative to for-profit concessionaires. •  All income of the Friends Groups return to park activities and programs. •  Flexibility gives park manages alternatives and an ability to respond quickly to opportunities. •  Very important in giving citizens an opportunity to be involved in a park.
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