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Session3 03 Michele_Maccari


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Presentation made at the Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States conference, 23-24 November 2017, Seychelles. A partnership of the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation, IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, University of Seychelles, Paris Tourism Sorbonne (IREST), and Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

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Session3 03 Michele_Maccari

  1. 1. Michele Maccari Sustainable Value Chain expert Free lance consultant Private Public Partnerships for sustainable agro-tourism in Sao Tomé and Principe
  2. 2. • STP is a small Country renowned for its high quality agricultural products: cocoa, pepper, coffee • Several international funded projects invested on the concepts of sustainability and “quality vs. quantity” • Sustainable certifications (organic agriculture, fair trade) and quality schemes (Geographical Indications) are familiar to STP stakeholder • The challenge is how to take advantage of sustainable agriculture practices and build on them to foster the linkages with sustainable tourism Sustainable agriculture and sustainable tourism
  3. 3. • Participatory approach: from cooperatives to Government; collaboration with local University, local NGO; etc • Capacity building: training courses and support to the establishment of the Sustainable Tourism Platform • South-South cooperation: exchange with similar experiences (trip to Ecuador) • Promotion and communication: launching events and participation to international exhibitions (EXPO2015) • Taking stock of PPP (Public Private Partnership) experience in the agricultural value chains
 Methodology and approach
  4. 4. • Long-term viability: PPPs implemented prove to be a viable instrument for long- term undertakings such as the development of agricultural value-chains • Effectiveness in sharing and mitigating risks: (i) market access, (ii) non-compliance with produce quality and standards, (iii) size and consistency of supplies, and (iv) access to technology; • Combine different contributions aiming at a common goal: resources, know-how, specialised technical assistance, market access knowledge • Compliance with sustainable/ethical schemes: (i) sustainable production/processing/trade practices; (ii) fair trade conditions; (iii) premiums for communities’ development; (iv) fairer distribution of wealth generated. PPP
  5. 5. • Support to the establishment of the Sustainable Tourism Platform of Sao tome and Principe (Plataforma de Turismo Sustentavel de Sao Tome e Principe) • Technical support: statute, roles and objectives • Membership: around 40 diverse stakeholders • Support to South-South exchanges: tour in Ecuador Creating a Sustainable tourism Platform
  6. 6. • Training course for eco-guides • District of Lemba, Obo National Park • Training course for 25 eco-guides (July 2015) Capacity building
  7. 7. • Development of touristic pilot packages – Rota de Cacau • Collaboration with local NGOs, University and associations of guides • Findings: difficulties in defining the package’s cost • Obo National Park: valorization Pilot packages CECAB; 40% Gestor; 20% PTRS; 20% Fundo Comunitário: ; 20%
  8. 8. • Participatory approach: cooperatives to Government; collaboration with local University, local NGO • First attempt to develop a package, strictly linked to the agricultural products • Partnerships with local operators • Promotion strategies • Next steps: development of Rota do Cafè and Rota da Pimenta Rota do Cacau
  9. 9. • Participatory approach and local ownership: need for transparency • Local counterparts strengthened and reliable: importance of empowerment and technical assistance • PPP with operators: crucial to engage with private sector specialists; guidance in the promotion and commercialization strategies 
 Key aspects
  10. 10. • Governmental and Institutional support is key for future development • Development of National strategies and specific packages on-going • Engagement with interested International donors and institutions • Promotion: STP at the WTM London exhibition 2017 • Empowerment of the Sustainable Tourism Platform • Geographical Indications (GIs): a tool for sustainable tourism promotion • PPP: key issue for the next steps STP: the way forward