Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Seychelles 2017

Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

related: iy2017, seychelles, sids, tapas
editing: http://planeta.com/seychelles2017

November 22-24, 2017 (Conference), November 25-26 2017 (Field visits)

In the framework of the 2017 UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development this conference wishes to provide a platform for tourism professionals, academics and practitioners from other SIDS and the region to discuss an integrated practical approach to sustainable tourism in SIDS.

For this event, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), and the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) partnered up with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Paris Tourism Sorbonne Institute of Research and Higher Education in Tourism (IREST), to organize a regional conference on sustainable tourism in SIDS, which will combine academic tourism research with practical best practice examples.

The conference aims at connecting the various stakeholders working and researching the environmental and socio-cultural development of the tourism industry, for constructive discussions and networking. The specificity of this event would be to bring together experts working in the field of protected area management and specialists in cultural site preservation, to create synergistic knowledge and fruitful exchanges.

The conference aims to produce a publication with conference presentations and results, which will be widely disseminated through our joint partner network.
  • Wednesday 22 November: registration and social event at UniSey campus
  • Thursday 23 November: Full day conference
  • Friday 24 November: Full day conference and gala dinner at partner hotel
  • Saturday 25 November: Field visit (optional)
  • Sunday 26 November: Field visit (optional)

Conference venue: UniSey campus, Anse Royale, Mahe

Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
In partnership with the TAPAS Group, the focus areas will be will be sustainable tourism in protected areas, including terrestrial parks and reserves, marine protected areas, and World Heritage Sites:

  • Evaluating the financial and economic benefits of tourism in PAs;
  • Impacts on biodiversity of PA tourism;
  • Tourism concessions and partnerships for tourism;
  • Community benefits and socio-economic linkages;
  • Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (e.g. IUCN Green List; GSTC Criteria and certifications, etc.)

Tourism’s social responsibility and cultural protection in SIDS
In partnership with the UniSey – TCH Department
Main questions/themes/focus areas:

  • Tools and best practices to reinstall destination ownership among local populations.
  • Tools and best practices to involve local populations in sustainable tourism and provide training opportunities, foster sustainable product enhancement etc.
  • Destination management and the application of standards and certification for heritage sites and cultural preservation in SIDS.

Audience: Tourism professionals from public and private sector, NGOs involved in tourism, academics, students.

Key Links

https://annaspenceley.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/conference-on-sustainable-tourism-in-small-island-developing-states-sids


Talking Points


  • Evaluating the financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas
  • Impacts on biodiversity of PA tourism
  • Tourism concessions and partnerships for tourism
  • Community benefits and socio-economic linkages
  • Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (e.g. IUCN Green List, GSTC Criteria, certification etc)

Twitter

@anna_spenceley @IUCNTourism @iystd2017 @unwto @UnivSey
Day 1: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time
Activity
Presenter/facilitator

Opening of the conference

8.00 – 8.30
Official opening and welcome
TBA

Ministerial Opening
TBA

Aim and objectives of the meeting, overview of participants, agenda and field visits
Diana Koerner

Session 1: Keynote presentations:
(F) Diana Koerner



Randy Durband
9.00 – 9.30
Keynote: Sustainable tourism in protected areas
Dr. Anna Spenceley
9.30 – 10.00
Keynote: Social responsibility and sustainable tourism in SIDS
Dr. Madina Regnault
10.00 – 10.30
Tea/coffee


Session 2: Evaluation of financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas
(F) Dr. Anna Spenceley
10.30 - 10.45
Tourism-induced contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Jozani – Chwaka Bay National Park and Biosphere Reserve, Zanzibar/Tanzania
Florian Carius (Germany)
10.45 - 11.00
Manta Rays, Communities and Tourism: Yap’s manta sanctuary as a partnership experiment
José Truda Palazzo (Micronesia)
11.00 - 11.15
Can sustainable tourism create and manage Marine Parks?
Sergio Chiarandini (Tanzania)
11.15 - 11.30
The reality of providing communities with socio-economic benefits in a coastal protected area in South Africa
Prof. Felicité A. Fairer- Wessels (South Africa)
11.30 - 11.45
Q&A

11.45 - 12.30
Plenary debate:
What are the best ways of measuring financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas?
(F) Dr. Anna Spenceley
12.30 - 1.30
Lunch


Session 3: Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas
(F) Randy Durband
1.30 – 1.45
Tourism certification in Africa
Dr. Anna Spenceley (Seychelles)
1.45 – 2.00
Sustainable Tourism in SIDS – An Industry Perspective
Rachel McCaffery (UK)
2.00 - 2.15
Using private-public partnerships to develop sustainable agro- tourism: the Sao Tomé and Principe
Michele Maccari (Sao Tomé ad Príncipe)
2.15 - 2.30
Oceans without Borders: &Beyond’s pioneering Marine conservation initiative.
Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa)
2.30-2.40
Q&A

2.40 - 3.00
Plenary debate: Certification and standards - what is the return on investment for tour operators and destinations?
(F) Randy Durband
3.00 - 3.30
Tea/coffee


Session 4: Impacts on biodiversity of protected area tourism
(F) Dr Ashton Berry
3.30 - 3.45
Impacts of voluntourism in the Cap Ternay Marine Park
Josie Woodgate (Seychelles)
3.45 - 4.00
Sustaining healthy corals in Tumon Bay Marine Preserve: How is Guam’s tourism epicenter coping with climate change?
Dr. Laurie J. Raymundo (Guam)
4.00 - 4.15
Impacts of human use on coral health in the Tumon Bay Marine Preserve, Guam
Whitney C. Hoot (Guam)
4.15 - 4.30
Hotel establishment and Protected Area Management: Opportunities and potential
Hervé Atayi (UK)
4.30 – 4.45
Q&A

4.45
Closure of Day 1

Day 2: Friday 24 November 2017
Time
Activity
Presenter/facilitator

Opening of Day 2

8.00 - 8.30
Overview of Day 1

Agenda for Day 2

Logistics for field trips (Day 3-4)
Dr. Anna Spenceley / Dr. Madina Regnault / Diana Koerner

Session 5: Tourism concessions and partnerships
(F) Dr. Anna Spenceley
8.30 - 8.45
The prospects for environmentally sustainable tourism in New Zealand’s National Parks- testing a concessions-focused theory of regulation
Valentina Dinica (New Zealand)
8.45 - 9.00
Protect and Prosper: World Heritage and Tourism in the Wadden Sea
Anja Domnick (Germany)
9.00 - 9.15
A Public Private Partnership model for Ecotourism Development in Wadi el Gemal National Park in Egypt
Mahmoud Sarhan (Egypt)
9.15 - 9.30
Q&A

9.30 - 10.00
Plenary discussion: What are the ingredients for successful concessions and partnerships?
(F) Dr. Anna Spenceley
10.00 - 10.30
Tea/coffee


Session 6: Community-benefits and socio-economic linkages from protected area tourism
Bruce Downie
10.30 - 10.45
Antigua and Barbuda’s contribution to Sustainable Tourism initiatives that link culture and Heritage meeting CBD targets
Ruth Spencer (Antigua)
10.45 - 11.00
Benefits and Costs Experienced by Communities living next to Amboseli National Park and Kimana Conservancy in Kenya
Dr. Margaret Wachu Gichuhi (Kenya)
11.00 - 11.15
An Investigation into Community Fishing Practices around Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa)
11.15 - 11.30
The Hunting Ban and its Aftermath: The case of Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity
Prof. Joseph E. Mbaiwa (Botswana)
11.30 - 11.40
Q&A

11.40 - 12.10
Plenary debate: Best practices in community benefits from tourism in protected areas

12.00 - 12.10
Video presentation: Wildlife FriendlyTM Tourism Certification as a Conservation Tool for Biodiversity in Small Island Developing States
Marissa Altman
12.10 - 12.30
Video presentation: Anthropological approaches of tourism in SIDS
Prof. Thomas Ericsson
12.30 - 1.30
Lunch


Session 7:

Sensitization and Awareness: Tools and best practices to involve local populations and tourists in sustainable tourism
Dr. Madina Regnault
1.30 - 1.45
Video presentation : Sustainable Tourism? Be my guest! - The case of Aruba’s Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort
Francielle A. Laclé (Aruba)
1.45 - 2.00
The Impact of Environmental Degradation & Community Involvement
Ehad Bhaukaurally (Seychelles)
2.00 - 2.15
Social impacts of the Solid Waste & Tourism issues: how to involve locals and tourists alike in sustainable waste management.
Katharina Raab & Prof. Ralf Wagner (Germany)
2.15 - 2.30
Using pre-dive briefings to change tourist diver behavior in Guam, Mariana Islands
Ashton Williams (Guam)
2.30 - 2.45
We can make a difference...#AnseForbans
Lisa Laporte-Booyse (Seychelles)
2.45 - 3.00
Q&A

3.00 - 3.30
Tea/coffee


Session 8: Round table

Employment and Training in Sustainable Tourism: Tools to Reduce Poverty in SIDS

3.30 - 3.45
Introduction

Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Employment and Reducing Poverty in SIDS
Frederick Thomas (France)
3.45 - 4.00
Using SOCMON as a Tool to Involve Islanders in Develop Community Based Tourism and Provide Need Based Training to Foster Sustainable Product Enhancement
Dr. Vineeta Hoon (India)
4.00 - 4.15
Approach and Processes Developed by the Indian Ocean Commission for Sustainable Tourism in Indian Ocean
Véronique Espitalier-Noël (Mauritius)
4.15 - 4.30
Questions and conclusions of round table
Frederick Thomas (France)
4.30
Closure of Day 2

7 pm
Gala dinner at AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort

Keynote: Daniella Payet, Founder Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation

Keynote: Joelle Perreau, Dean of Arts and Social Development, University of Seychelles Dress code: Casual Smart
Field Trips (further information and registrations online)
Saturday 25 November: Visit to Cousin Island Special Reserve, Nature Seychelles Sunday 26 November: Option 1: Visit to Constance Ephelia Resort, Port Launay, Mahe Sunday 26 November: Option 2: Visit to Cerf Island, Sainte Anne Marine National Park


Agenda
Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 22-24 November 2017 (Conference), 25-26 November 2017 (Field visits) Preamble In the framework of the 2017 UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development this conference wishes to provide a platform for tourism professionals, academics and practitioners from other SIDS and the region to discuss an integrated practical approach to sustainable tourism in SIDS. For this event, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), and the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) partnered up with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Paris Tourism Sorbonne Institute of Research and Higher Education in Tourism (IREST), to organize a regional conference on sustainable tourism in SIDS, which will combine academic tourism research with practical best practice examples. The conference aims at connecting the various stakeholders working and researching the environmental and socio-cultural development of the tourism industry, for constructive discussions and networking. Agenda Wednesday 22 November 2017 15:00-18:00 Registrations, Meet & Greet, UniSey campus, Anse Royale Day 1: Thursday 23 November 2017 Time Activity Presenter/facilitator Opening of the conference 8.00 – 8.30 Official opening and welcome TBA Ministerial Opening TBA Aim and objectives of the meeting, overview of participants, agenda and field visits Diana Koerner Session 1: Keynote presentations: (F) Diana Koerner 8.30 – 9.00 Keynote: A global view of sustainable tourism Randy Durband 9.00 – 9.30 Keynote: Sustainable tourism in protected areas Dr. Anna Spenceley 9.30 – 10.00 Keynote: Social responsibility and sustainable tourism in SIDS Dr. Madina Regnault 10.00 – 10.30 Tea/coffee Session 2: Evaluation of financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas (F) Dr. Anna Spenceley 10.30 - 10.45 Tourism-induced contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Jozani – Chwaka Bay National Park and Biosphere Reserve, Zanzibar/Tanzania Florian Carius (Germany) 10.45 - 11.00 Manta Rays, Communities and Tourism: Yap’s manta sanctuary as a partnership experiment José Truda Palazzo (Micronesia) 11.00 - 11.15 Can sustainable tourism create and manage Marine Parks? Sergio Chiarandini (Tanzania) 11.15 - 11.30 The reality of providing communities with socio-economic benefits in a coastal protected area in South Africa Prof. Felicité A. FairerWessels (South Africa) 11.30 - 11.45 Q&A 11.45 - 12.30 Plenary debate: What are the best ways of measuring financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas? (F) Dr. Anna Spenceley 12.30 - 1.30 Lunch Session 3: Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (F) Randy Durband 1.30 – 1.45 Tourism certification in Africa Dr. Anna Spenceley (Seychelles) 1.45 – 2.00 Sustainable Tourism in SIDS – An Industry Perspective Rachel McCaffery (UK) 2.00 - 2.15 Using private-public partnerships to develop sustainable agrotourism: the Sao Tomé and Principe Michele Maccari (Sao Tomé ad Príncipe) 2.15 - 2.30 Oceans without Borders: &Beyond’s pioneering Marine conservation initiative. Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa) 2.30-2.40 Q&A 2.40 - 3.00 Plenary debate: Certification and standards - what is the return on investment for tour operators and destinations? (F) Randy Durband 3.00 - 3.30 Tea/coffee Session 4: Impacts on biodiversity of protected area tourism (F) Dr Ashton Berry 3.30 - 3.45 Impacts of voluntourism in the Cap Ternay Marine Park Josie Woodgate (Seychelles) 3.45 - 4.00 Sustaining healthy corals in Tumon Bay Marine Preserve: How is Guam’s tourism epicenter coping with climate change? Dr. Laurie J. Raymundo (Guam) 4.00 - 4.15 Impacts of human use on coral health in the Tumon Bay Marine Preserve, Guam Whitney C. Hoot (Guam) 4.15 - 4.30 Hotel establishment and Protected Area Management: Opportunities and potential Hervé Atayi (UK) 4.30 – 4.45 Q&A 4.45 Closure of Day 1 Day 2: Friday 24 November 2017 Time Activity Presenter/facilitator Opening of Day 2 8.00 - 8.30 Overview of Day 1 Agenda for Day 2 Logistics for field trips (Day 3-4) Dr. Anna Spenceley / Dr. Madina Regnault / Diana Koerner Session 5: Tourism concessions and partnerships (F) Dr. Anna Spenceley 8.30 - 8.45 The prospects for environmentally sustainable tourism in New Zealand’s National Parks- testing a concessions-focused theory of regulation Valentina Dinica (New Zealand) 8.45 - 9.00 Protect and Prosper: World Heritage and Tourism in the Wadden Sea Anja Domnick (Germany) 9.00 - 9.15 A Public Private Partnership model for Ecotourism Development in Wadi el Gemal National Park in Egypt Mahmoud Sarhan (Egypt) 9.15 - 9.30 Q&A 9.30 - 10.00 Plenary discussion: What are the ingredients for successful concessions and partnerships? (F) Dr. Anna Spenceley 10.00 - 10.30 Tea/coffee Session 6: Community-benefits and socio-economic linkages from protected area tourism Bruce Downie 10.30 - 10.45 Antigua and Barbuda’s contribution to Sustainable Tourism initiatives that link culture and Heritage meeting CBD targets Ruth Spencer (Antigua) 10.45 - 11.00 Benefits and Costs Experienced by Communities living next to Amboseli National Park and Kimana Conservancy in Kenya Dr. Margaret Wachu Gichuhi (Kenya) 11.00 - 11.15 An Investigation into Community Fishing Practices around Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania Prof. Kevin Mearns (South Africa) 11.15 - 11.30 The Hunting Ban and its Aftermath: The case of Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Prof. Joseph E. Mbaiwa (Botswana) 11.30 - 11.40 Q&A 11.40 - 12.10 Plenary debate: Best practices in community benefits from tourism in protected areas 12.00 - 12.10 Video presentation: Wildlife FriendlyTM Tourism Certification as a Conservation Tool for Biodiversity in Small Island Developing States Marissa Altman 12.10 - 12.30 Video presentation: Anthropological approaches of tourism in SIDS Prof. Thomas Ericsson 12.30 - 1.30 Lunch Session 7: Sensitization and Awareness: Tools and best practices to involve local populations and tourists in sustainable tourism Dr. Madina Regnault 1.30 - 1.45 Video presentation : Sustainable Tourism? Be my guest! - The case of Aruba’s Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort Francielle A. Laclé (Aruba) 1.45 - 2.00 The Impact of Environmental Degradation & Community Involvement Ehad Bhaukaurally (Seychelles) 2.00 - 2.15 Social impacts of the Solid Waste & Tourism issues: how to involve locals and tourists alike in sustainable waste management. Katharina Raab & Prof. Ralf Wagner (Germany) 2.15 - 2.30 Using pre-dive briefings to change tourist diver behavior in Guam, Mariana Islands Ashton Williams (Guam) 2.30 - 2.45 We can make a difference...#AnseForbans Lisa Laporte-Booyse (Seychelles) 2.45 - 3.00 Q&A 3.00 - 3.30 Tea/coffee Session 8: Round table Employment and Training in Sustainable Tourism: Tools to Reduce Poverty in SIDS 3.30 - 3.45 Introduction Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Employment and Reducing Poverty in SIDS Frederick Thomas (France) 3.45 - 4.00 Using SOCMON as a Tool to Involve Islanders in Develop Community Based Tourism and Provide Need Based Training to Foster Sustainable Product Enhancement Dr. Vineeta Hoon (India) 4.00 - 4.15 Approach and Processes Developed by the Indian Ocean Commission for Sustainable Tourism in Indian Ocean Véronique Espitalier-Noël (Mauritius) 4.15 - 4.30 Questions and conclusions of round table Frederick Thomas (France) 4.30 Closure of Day 2 7 pm Gala dinner at AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort Keynote: Daniella Payet, Founder Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation Keynote: Joelle Perreau, Dean of Arts and Social Development, University of Seychelles Dress code: Casual Smart Field Trips (further information and registrations online) Saturday 25 November: Visit to Cousin Island Special Reserve, Nature Seychelles Sunday 26 November: Option 1: Visit to Constance Ephelia Resort, Port Launay, Mahe Sunday 26 November: Option 2: Visit to Cerf Island, Sainte Anne Marine National Park


Proposal (Abstract) sent to sidssustainabletourism@gmail.com**
Planeta.com proposes a digital literacy workshop for the Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States.


Workshop
We know that many of our colleagues are doing good work but lack communication skills on the social web (collaboratively edited docs, blogs, wikis, facebook, twitter). Please note that we are not asking anyone to join Facebook or Twitter if they don't want to. They will be introduced to the existing conversations.

Participants will see how to make the most of Facebook, including the conference event page and TAPAS.
https://www.facebook.com/IUCNTourism

Participants will see how to make the most of Twitter, including who to follow and trendy hashtags.

Participants will see how to make the most of collaboratively-written resources including Google Docs and wikis. http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017

Participants will be encouraged to upload documents and presentations into public portals, including Slideshare.
Participants will be encouraged to watch and create videos, including Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube.

Format

To be polished with the organizers. I recommend a combination of regular public hangouts / webinars that introduce the talking points and the availability of 1-1 consulting. It could also take place as a private conversation on the IUCN portal. If physically present, then with a presentation and a series of games that played on site.

TimelineJune 30 Social Media Day - Announce proposal (it's also the deadline!)

July-October - Regular workshops / hangouts

November - Co-creating and sharing videos, Google docs and wiki pages. If present physically, then with tailored workshops.

February - Announce key take-aways during Responsible Travel Week 2018.