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Session4 01 Josie_Woodgate

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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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Session4 01 Josie_Woodgate

  1. 1. Impacts of Voluntourism in Cap Ternay Marine Park Josie Woodgate BSc Marine Geography Global Vision International
  2. 2. Global Vision International • GVI is an international volunteering organization that combines sustainable tourism with data collection • The marine conservation expedition in Cap Ternay aims to ensure that tourists gain the most from their unique experience and continue travelling with a more educated attitude towards marine conservation
  3. 3. Citizen Science • This model utilizes paying volunteers to undertake scientific monitoring, offering a sustainable solution to the collection of long term data sets • The data collected is analyzed annually and a report submitted to Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) contributes to their management of the MPA around the north-west of Mahé
  4. 4. Citizen Science • This form of tourism is extremely valuable; visitors come and are able to live in the MPA and experience on a day-to-day basis the importance and uniqueness of the area • GVI teaches its volunteers about the significance of the biodiversity of the area and why it should be protected, alongside recycling workshops, nature hikes and frequent clean up of litter in the surrounding area
  5. 5. GVI’s Contribution • Tourists arrive with little or no knowledge on the coral reef and leave with at least a basic understanding of the marine world and why conservation is required • Many students come for a placement internship with GVI and use the database as research thesis
  6. 6. Findings 0,0 5,0 10,0 15,0 20,0 25,0 30,0 35,0 40,0 45,0 50,0 MeanCoralCover% Total live coral cover Acropora Porites Pocillopora Favites Coral Cover 2017
  7. 7. Findings Spatial Comparison 2016
  8. 8. Findings Fish Spatial Comparison 0 0,1 0,2 0,3 0,4 0,5 0,6 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Densitym-2(±SE) Year Protected Unprotected
  9. 9. Contribution President’s Village and ISS lessons • Raising awareness in the local community about the marine park and how best to sustain it
  10. 10. Contribution • Data collected is sent to Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) to decide fishing areas and quotas • Symposiums (WIOMSA) • 2015 report prevented the construction of a major resort in the marine park
  11. 11. Implications • This research promotes the efficacy of marine protected areas in Seychelles and worldwide • Enables us to track ecosystem changes to better conserve species in the future • Raises global awareness through symposiums, conferences and better educated travellers • Without our volunteering tourists the marine park would lack funds and data

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