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Linking tourism and conservation, Peter Prokosch


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A presentation from the World Parks Congress in Sydney on ecotourism and protected areas, presented at the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group session on Tourism and Protected Areas, on Thursday 13 November 2014

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Linking tourism and conservation, Peter Prokosch

  1. 1. World Parks Congress Sydney November 2014 Linking Tourism & Conservation 1 Peter Prokosch
  2. 2. The world has already agreed 17 % of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 % of coastal and marine areas (…) conserved and effectively managed CBD Aichi 2020 Target 11 “ ” well designed and managed tourism can make a significant contribution … the need to support sustainable tourism activities (…) that promote environmental awareness, conserve and protect the environment Rio+20, “The Future We Want” “ ”“ ” 2
  3. 3. It started in the Arctic…
  4. 4. Tourism can make it happen Svalbard-Example • Cooperation tourism operators and conservation NGOs • 7 national parks and 21 nature reserves • Environmental Fund for protected area management • Web-based guide information • Tourism research and education 4
  5. 5. Svalbard-Example E X A M P L E S
  6. 6. How to tackle these Challenges ? Only 1% marine protected areas reached, far away from 2020 target of 10% Many existing national parks are just “paper parks” USD 30 billion/annum needed for managing effectively a global network of national parks (0.5% of the World’s Tourism turnover) Jungle of Sustainable -, Responsible -, Eco- and other Tourism 6
  7. 7. Linking Tourism & Conservation therefore is Developing methods, tools and incentives for upgrading and replicating best examples of tourism supporting protected areas Promoting and educating best praxis Focusing on marine protected areas Making its members from tourism & conservation producing synergy and cooperation 7
  8. 8. LT&C Examples on World Map
  9. 9. Do you want to join?