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Guidelines for Tourism Partnerships and Concessions Protected Areas

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Presented by Ms Barbara Engels and Dr Andrew Rylance of the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 14th Conference of the Parties, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on 27 November 2018

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Guidelines for Tourism Partnerships and Concessions Protected Areas

  1. 1. Our vision We advocate for a future where tourism: • Enhances the conservation integrity of protected area systems • Improves human well-being • Provides accessible, inspiring, safe and educational opportunities • Environmentally, socio-cultural and economically sustainable experiences.
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Knowledge PARKS The I n t er n ational Jo urnal of        Protected Areas and Co nser vation                                Issue 18.2: December 2012 Developing capacity for a pr otected pl anet
  4. 4. Capacity development
  5. 5. Networking
  6. 6. Our structure Strategy and fundraising: Anna Spenceley (Chair) Communities & Heritage: Sue Snyman (Vice chair) Biodiversity: Yu-Fai Leung Economics: Barbara Engels Capacity building: Thiago Souza Knowledge development: (vacant) Membership: Sergey Shirokiy Communication: Jeremy Sampson IUCN focal point: Giulia Carbone
  7. 7. Membership application: http://tinyurl.com/tapasmembership Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tourism-and-Protected- Areas-Specialist-Group/122961127797095 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4735342 Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/planeta/tapasgroup Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117973343043881234019/posts IUCN Website: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/gpap_c apacity2/gpap_wcpacap/gpap_tourism/ Links
  8. 8. Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas
  9. 9. Background • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity work on biodiversity and tourism • Under-use of tourism to finance conservation in protected areas • Need identified for guidelines, better capacity and networks
  10. 10. The objectives of the guideline include to: • Provide a short and accessible guideline that includes clear and practical information; • Address needs of protected area authorities; • Indicate how concessions can be used to mobilise resources for protected area management; • Share case study examples to illustrate good practices and challenges of tourism concessions; • Integrate the principles of sustainable tourism; and, • Provide links to complementary technical guidelines produced under other initiatives. © Wilderness Safaris
  11. 11. Our team Mary- Anne Merle SuePaulAnna Terri
  12. 12. Our process Better concessions and partnerships Needs assessment Guidelines Networking Capacity development Planning additional actions
  13. 13. Our process Better concessions and partnerships Needs assessment Guidelines Networking Capacity development Planning additional actions
  14. 14. The needs assessment • Online questionnaire • Sent to 400+ people • 72 responses (18%): 67 usable • Most responses from Africa (70%) + USA, UK, South America, Asia
  15. 15. What is the main source of financing for your protected area/s now?
  16. 16. Our process Better concessions and partnerships Needs assessment Guidelines Networking Capacity development Planning additional actions
  17. 17. New guideline needs
  18. 18. Build on guidelines & initiatives
  19. 19. Awareness of existing guidelines 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Tourism Concessions in Protected Natural Areas (UNDP) An Introduction to Tourism concessioning (World Bank Group) SADC TFCA Tourism Concession Guidelines (GiZ) Yes No I use this guide
  20. 20. Existing materials • Draft CBD guidelines • UNDP, IFC, SADC guidelines • Country guidelines • Case studies • Tools and templates Image © Aiia via Pixabay
  21. 21. Our process Better concessions and partnerships Needs assessment Guidelines Networking Capacity development Planning additional actions
  22. 22. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Tourism service pricing/fee setting Legal liability Recruitment and management of volunteers Concession contract design/feasibility Tourism marketing/promotion Hospitality services Procurement (e.g. tendering) Contracting and contract management Business management Personnel management Legislation and regulations Tourism management Local community involvement and management Yes No Some Capacity building needs
  23. 23. iSimangaliso WHS workshop, South Africa
  24. 24. Follow on meetings Maputo, MozambiqueWindhoek, Namibia
  25. 25. Terri
  26. 26. I learnt to understand financial models which will hence forth enable me to critically analyse proposal during the bidding processes. - Zambian participant I promise you to improve the way we handle concessions in my country for the benefit of the people surrounding PAs, indeed the whole country. - Malawian participant This has been a great benefit for the organisation as we tried previously to engage in some form of partnership but did not have the capacity to handle such an initiative. - Swazi participant
  27. 27. https://www.cbd.int/tourism/
  28. 28. English: https://www.cbd.int/tourism/doc/tourism-partnerships-protected-areas- web.pdf Spanish:https://www.cbd.int/tourism/doc/tourism-partnerships-protected-areas-es- web.pdf French: https://www.cbd.int/tourism/doc/tourism-partnerships-protected-areas-fr- web.pdf Arabic and Portuguese – forthcoming!

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