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Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS)

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Background

400+ professionals are members of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist (TAPAS) Group, part of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

The priorities of the TAPAS group are to contribute to the work of the IUCN and WCPA to: (1) conserve biodiversity, (2) generate knowledge, (3) build awareness and (4) improve governance and equity.

The objectives of the TAPAS group are:

(a) Strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of protected area managersand policy makers and others in relation to sustainable tourism, through learning, exchange and the development of information and guidance in a managed professional network;
(b) Provide an interactive forum for individuals working on protected areas and tourism, which allows them to network, communicate, collaborate, and develop partnerships.
(c) Provide strategic advice to governments and others on the optimum approaches to sustainable tourism in protected and natural areas.
(d) Develop and disseminate knowledge on tourism and protected areas, including case studies and best practice syntheses.
(e) Enhance the level of tourism contribution to the goals of protected areas and protected area systems.
(f) Enhance the capacity of WCPA through the TAPAS group, including through co-operative ventures with networks and partners and, in particular IUCN members, and recognize their contributions.

The terms of reference for the TAPAS Group is to contribute constructively to the mission of IUCN and WCPA, in a voluntary capacity, and in particular to:
· provide technical advice on sustainable tourism, biodiversity and heritage protection and conservation, where IUCN’s advice is sought;
· develop guidelines and tools for the management of tourism that supports sustainable development, local economic development, biodiversity conservation, human and natural health outcomes, environmental education, awareness raising, monitoring and evaluation, and fosters attachment and support for nature;
· develop case studies and syntheses to investigate best practice models and policies for sustainable tourism management, including facilitate special issues of major academic and practitioner journals on topics relevant to tourism and protected areas
· communicate best practice tourism and visitor planning and management to policy makers, planners, protected area managers, the tourism industry, development agencies and others;
· foster professionalism and technical competence in the establishment and management of sustainable tourism and visitation to protected areas including assisting with publications, education, standards, and capacity development where applicable;
· work with colleagues from other WCPA Specialist Groups and Task Forces, IUCN Commissions and partner organisations to further the key role of protected areas in achieving sustainable tourism that contributes to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural heritage;
· provide support for international initiatives relevant to protected areas in their country/region on sustainable tourism;
· Support the Parties and the CBD Secretariat, Working Groups and Task Forces in delivering the goals of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas;
· Develop a model for integrating the work of TAPAs more closely with IUCN via discussions regarding the sponsorship of tourism and protected area research, as suggested above, and delivering a joint plan of communications based and approved fundraising goals together with the leadership of IUCN.
· forge stronger partnerships and linkages with international agencies working on sustainable tourism that promote synergies to help achieve the mission of the TAPAS Group, including the UNWTO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, 10YFP and others;
· actively participate in international conferences and workshops on sustainable tourism and protected areas, encouraging members to share their experiences, engage with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and raise awareness the TAPAS Group.
· Develop a model for financing the cost of TAPAs administrative and research leadership, including reviewing the potential for donor support, corporate support and grants, and partnering with academic institutions to allow raising funds through their non-profit, research programs.

Membership

Membership is free. An online application form is available for interested professionals working on tourism and protected areas. Currently TAPAS has nearly 400 members from 75 countries.

The Membership Coordinator will review applications, and suggest those who indicate that they are not yet members of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), that they do so, and will provide guidance on the process.

Membership benefits include:
  • Exchanging dialogue and information with a wide range of colleagues interested in tourism and protected areas
  • Sharing research information
  • Collaborating on joint publications and participating in research programs, seminars and conferences
  • Membership in a Google discussion group
  • Discounted prices for social web workshops and webinars

Meet the Committee
TAPAS is governed by Dr Anna Spenceley, Chair, and has 8 members of the Executive Committee (Exco) who are responsible for various aspects of the Group’s work:

Upcoming Events

November 22-24 Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Seychelles

Be Engaged: How to get involved

Share news on our Facebook Group
Share news on our LinkedIn Group
Follow news on our Google+ TAPAS Page
Read our developing Communication Strategy
Upload photos to Flickr groups World Parks and City Parks
Follow and tweet us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IUCNTourism

2017 Agenda

Improve TAPAS online presence by encouraging members to help other members, particularly with social web channels Facebook, Twitter, blogs and wikis. Happy to offer a free 'how to wiki' workshop with any TAPAS member.

Specific measures:
Update TAPAS info online the IUCN website and IUCN Portal
Find additional editors for Planeta Wiki and Communication Strategy
Launch TAPAS' own website in the second half of the year
Encourage the use of live video from TAPAS members on Facebook, Periscope, YouTube and other channels.
Highlight examples of Open Education / Open Access
Encourage the use of archives for presentations: Slideshare
Publish directory of members online

Elections
Attention TAPAS group members,
As part of our Strategy and democratic processes, this year we will be holding online elections for two of our Exco positions: (1) Communication coordinator and (2) Membership coordinator. Both are vital to the continuation of the TAPAS Group. We would welcome applications from TAPAS group members who are also members of the WPCA for this important new role in the group, and also encourage the existing coordinators to re-apply.
The responsibilities of the two positions are as follow:
Communications coordinator: Implement and update the communication strategy for the TAPAS Group; maintain internal communication for the TAPAS Group members (e.g. Google Group, direct email, social media such as Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and Google Docs, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Twitter, YouTube and the Planeta Wiki); support facilitation of networking and communication events (e.g. webinars).
Membership coordinator: The coordinator is responsible for updating the membership strategy of the organization, maintaining the TAPAS membership lists on a regular basis (responding to membership inquiries, directing interested persons to complete the membership questionnaire and fill out a WCPA membership application, updating the main membership data base), providing a membership updates to the ExCo; attracting new members and promote the TAPAS Group though collateral materials.
Please note that these positions, as with all others within the ExCo are voluntary and unpaid. The Coordinators should expect to spend at least 2-3 days each month in this role, including participation in bi-monthly ExCo conference calls (usually on Skype or Google Hangout).
If you are interested in applying for either position, please send your application to me at annaspenceley@gmail.com between now and 30 August 2017. Please include:
1. A covering letter, indicating your experience, your work in tourism and protected areas, and indicating what you would contribute to the group in this role. (Please note that this letter will be posted online for TAPAS Group members to review during the election process.)
2. Your CV.
3. A portrait photograph.
During September 2017 the applications letters will be posted online for TAPAS Group members to review the candidates. An election will be held, using an online voting process, where each TAPAS Group member will have 1 vote. The three candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be interviewed by members of the ExCo, who will decide on the most suitable candidate to take on the coordinator positions.
For any questions regarding this process, or for more information about the role, please contact me.
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TAPAS Calendar



Tourism Journey

Buzzword Bingo: Tourism Journey

Members
Former exco members



2017 Webinars


Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework (VUM) Part 1
22nd June 2017, 10:00 (MST)
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The Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) is a network of professionals committed to promoting sustainable tourism in protected areas globally, and whose mission is to provide a forum where people collaborate, stimulate dialogue, share expertise, develop and disseminate knowledge, and enhance learning, in order to enhance the planning, development and management of sustainable tourism in protected areas.

With this in mind, TAPAS Group is now organizing a 2-part webinar about the experience of the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council (IVUMC), a collaboration between six federal agencies that manage public lands within the United States of America, and the recently released Visitor Use Management Framework, Edition One (VMU).

The VMU is a process designed for federal managers to collaboratively develop, implement, and monitor strategies and actions to provide sustainable access to lands and waters. Its ultimate desired outcome is to provide high-quality visitor experiences while protecting natural and cultural resources.

This webinar will be presented by Kerri Cahill, IVUMC Chair and Denver Service Center Planning Branch Chief (NPS), that will give us an overview of the Council’s work and the Framework, and Susan McPartland, IVUMC Technical Advisor, and Denver Service Center Planning Visitor Use Project Specialist (NPS), that will showcase an example of the VMU implementation in the Zion National Park Visitor Use Management Plan.

The second part of Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework (VUM) is scheduled for July 5th. Don’t lose the opportunity to learn more about the success of the Visitor Use Management Framework and its applications through two case studies that will be presented and discussed with the audience.

Recommended Reading
https://visitorusemanagement.nps.gov/content/documents/lowres_VUM%20Framework_Edition%201_IVUMC.pdf
https://visitorusemanagement.nps.gov

Planeta
http://planeta.com/1706visitors/

Panorama Webinars

http://iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/gpap_news/?22505/Panorama-twin-webinar-Protected-area-tourism-solutions

Panorama twin webinar on sustainable protected area tourism solutions on March 31 and April 7

The tourism business plays a major role in sustaining the global network of protected areas. At the same time, half of all international travellers visit a protected area during their trip. However, the advocates of natural spaces often are concerned about the potential impacts of unsustainable tourism.

Presenters from a range of countries will introduce their case studies (different presenters in both sessions), explain what made them successful and discuss with the audience. The webinars are co-hosted by the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and the WCPA Tourism Specialist Group.

Learn more about inspiring examples of tourism and conservation benefitting from each other, while also finding out more about the Panorama initiative!

Sign up now by contacting Panorama (you can sign up for one or for both sessions) or find out more here.

Solutions and presenters:


March 31, 3pm CET (6am Los Angeles, 9am New York City, New Dehli 630pm)
  1. Responsible Marine and Coastal Tourism Business Cluster Development
    Manuel Bollmann, South Africa
  2. Community based ecotourism in an ICCA
    Kamal Medhi, India
  3. Changing negative perceptions about a PA through education and engagement
    Dilya Woodward, Kazakhstan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BnokmIu1RI

April 7, 4pm CE
  1. Making protected area concessions work for communities
    Sue Snyman, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa
  2. Profiting from eco-tourism in Cambodia
    Ross Sinclair, Cambodia





2015
February Responsible Travel in Russia's Parks and Protected Areas
August Introducing Planet People Peace and the Global Ecotourism Network
April Responsible Travel and Wildlife Conservation Hangout

May Biodiversity Day Hangout #idb2015

August Wild about Nevada
August Mesoamerican and Caribbean Regional Forum Preview
October Recapping Australia's #WildlifeTourism2015 Conference

August 27Mesoamerican and Caribbean Regional Forum Preview
This hangout features WCPA members identifying protected areas issues. It would be useful to identify where the main elements of the Promise of Sydney can be inserted into the IUCN Programme 2017-2020.
More info: https://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cem/regions/meso_america



Slideshare

http://www.slideshare.net/TAPASGroup

tapas group , tourism journey

Current Activities


Knowledge Development:

  • Revision of Tourism and Protected Areas Best Practices Guidelines.
  • Development of a special edition of the journal PARKS and Koedoe (see below)
  • Development of a tourism visitation database for protected areas.



Community Working Group Hangout

  1. The Community Working Group’s workplan
  2. Possible areas for collaboration
  3. Update on the planned special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  4. Update on the Best Practice Guidelines for Community Engagement in Protected Areas and Tourism
  5. Sharing of information
  6. Any other business
Wed 5/4/16 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific

Tourism and Visitor Management @IUCNTourism

Best Practice Guidelines

The IUCN-WCPA-TAPAS group are excited that in the forthcoming new IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ST-BPG), there will be ample discussion on this theme, illustrating how tourism, when planned and managed properly and collaboratively, can be an effective tool for community development and capacity building. The ST-BPG compiles a wide range of global examples on the tourism and community development, including community involvement in tourism planning, benefit sharing and sustainable finances, community engagement in conservation, capacity building for community-based resource management, capacity building for community-based tourism development, and more. Guidelines are provided to share lessons learned and facilitate further innovations on this theme. The ST-BPG is a project funded by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas with support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammerarbeit (GIZ) on behalf the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Drs. Yu-Fai Leung, Anna Spenceley, Glen Hvenegaard and Ralf Buckley serve as the editors along with over 50 contributors from 18 countries. The ST-BPG covers all major topics of tourism and visitor management in protected areas and illustrates with examples from 44 countries in all continents. This book is currently under production and will be presented at the upcoming World Parks Congress in Sydney in November 2014. The publication (English version) will soon be available in electronic form on the IUCN website, followed by translated versions in French, German and Spanish shortly afterward. For more information and updates, please visit the ST-BPG Project temporary website at: http://iucn.oscar.ncsu.edu.
Yu-Fai Leung, Anna Spenceley, Glen Hvenegaard and Ralf Buckley, ST-BPG Editors


Koedoe Special Issue: Tourism and Protected Areas
Tourism and visitation is a dominant commercial use of protected areas, carrying with it numerous potential positive and negative consequences including unique challenges for management and planning. The Fifth World Parks Conference will be convened in September 2014 to discuss many of the challenges and opportunities dealing with parks and protected areas. To help lay a foundation for discussion of the role of tourism there, the WCPA Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group is partnering with Koedoe, a journal focusing on African Protected Area Conservation and Science to sponsor a special issue on Tourism and Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities.

The Special Issue focuses on synthesis articles and original research on the following aspects of tourism in protected areas:
• Tourism, protected areas and local and indigenous communities
• Frameworks for planning and managing tourism in protected areas
• Tourism as an engine of economic development
• Financing management with tourism
• Tourism within the context of complex systems
• Tourism as a tool for conservation

Google+ Hangout
https://plus.google.com/events/cffq6kc3j0nah2kgj1sh19bna3s



Capacity building:

  • Identification of current capacity building programs in tourism and protected areas (web-based survey).
  • Focus on mid-level managers and continuing education.
  • Coordination with the Global Partnership for Protected Area Training.

2012 World Conservation Congress (WCC):

TAPAS held several sessions at the 2012 WCC within the IUCN objective of ‘consensus building and moving to action’. The following are currently suggested and proposals need to be developed:
  • A Workshop for both Protected Area Managers and tourism industry to contribute to a review of the 2012 Best Practices in Tourism & PAs guidelines. Exploring what PAMs need, what the industry is doing, and identifying the priority issues. Session intended to assist in preparation of outputs for WPC including publications and design of capacity building resources. Session to be partnered with the IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme.
  • Workshop re monitoring visitors exploring what is feasible and helpful to Protected Area Managers, to be organised in collaboration with WCMC.
  • A Conservation Campus' on upskilling re innovation in the application of social networking to advance conservation partnered with the IUCN- Global Business and Biodiversity Programme.
  • TAPA-SG meeting.
  • A social networking course to improve communication between protected area managers, the tourism sector and visitors.

Communication 2014

  • Communication survey of TAPAS members in 2014
  • Ron Mader facilitated Google+ hangouts on parks and tourism
  • Promotion of the World Parks Congress on the Planeta Wiki and Storify
  • The TAPAS GoogleGroup has tk members.
  • The TAPAS Facebook Page has tk likes!
  • The TAPAS Wiki Page has been edited tk times (consult the history of this page)

Communication 2012

  • Communication survey of TAPAS members in 2012
  • Ron Mader facilitated a social web networking course during COP11 in October 2012
  • Ron Mader facilitated a social web networking course for TAPAS members in September 2011
  • The TAPAS GoogleGroup has 140 members.
  • The TAPAS Facebook Page has 314 likes!
  • The TAPAS Wiki Page has been edited 106 times (consult the history of this page)

Links:
IUCN WCPA TAPAS website
IUCN, the World Conservation Union
World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
http://www.iucn.org/protected-areas/world-commission-protected-areas/wcpa/what-we-do/tourism


Further reading
Overview of TAPAS (March 2011)
Targets for the Convention on Biological Diversity
Best Practice on Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (2002)

Events
World Conservation Congress (2012)
World Parks Congress (2014)

Facebook
Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group

Google+
Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group

Working Groups

Communication Working Group

We will hold our first live TAPAS Communication Working Group hangout(s) at times to be confirmed May 24-26.
TAPAS members interested in joining the Communication Working Group are asked to fill out the Doodle survey -- http://doodle.com/poll/new24k3h36hgf9hw and introduce themselves via our Google Docs page
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X0tZTrnMoI96CC2fHkXJPr06BQeTwGJuSkj1FnEz2t0/edit

To participate in the hangout, you'll need a webcam and microphone. Headphones with microphone are recommended. You can test this out beforehand online
https://hangouts.google.com

More google hangouts tips with examples of good practice online Slideshare.

Video and audio from this working group hangout will not be recorded. We will take copious notes to share with other TAPAS members. Please note that we also schedule public hangouts to learn about TAPAS members' work around the world. Please let Ron Mader know if you'd be interested in taking part in a public conversation.


Community Working Group

TAPAS Community Working Group in the next week or so, so please don't forget to complete the short survey in the link below if you would like to join this group and be added to the emailing list:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TAPASCommunityWorkingGroup


TAPAS Capacity Development Working Group
The working group will develop priorities, coordinate activities, stimulate partnerships, prepare tools, share information and provide advice on matters related to capacity development. To get our discussions going, I’ve prepared a draft paper/work plan.


Fundraising

TAPAS has several proposals for projects. These include for:
a) revision of Best Practice Guidelines on sustainable tourism;
b) tourism concessions training and manual;
c) workshop on collection of visitor information.

Community Working Group (03.2015)

Dear IUCN TAPAS Community Working Group members,


Thank you for your interest in the TAPAS Community Working Group and your enthusiasm to contribute and ensure that the Group makes a real, sustainable difference in terms of community engagement in and benefit sharing from tourism and PAs.

We had a fantastic response and already have 45 members from 24 different countries, which will provide for excellent discussions, collaboration and sharing of information and ideas.


I will be sending out an invite to a Google Group so that we can streamline all of the Working Group communication and keep a record of it as well. Please ensure that you accept the invite in order to ensure that, going forward, you are a part of all the conversations and information shared.

I would also like to create a database of papers on benefit-sharing/community engagement, etc. related to PAs and tourism, so I will also be sending out an invite to a Dropbox folder. Please send me any relevant papers that you think would be interesting/useful and I will add them to the folder in order to manage the content and avoid having too many editors of the folder. I will organise and manage a spreadsheet of all the papers which will be updated regularly and loaded in the Dropbox folder as well for easy access and reference.

One of the major objectives of this Group is also going to be to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Benefit-Sharing and Community Engagement. I am busy working on a draft table of contents which I will share with the Group in the next couple of weeks. Please let me know if you would be interested in contributing to the Guidelines and if so, how you would like to be involved and in what areas (e.g. government, private sector, tourism development, conservation, human-wildlife conflict, case studies, etc.) you would specifically like to contribute to the guidelines.


I will be putting together a database of all members and sharing with the Group. Please let me know if you would not like your email address shared with the Group and I will exclude it from the list and only include your name and affiliation. Please could you also let me know of anyone else who you think would be interested in being a member of the Group.

Other long-term objectives of the Group include:

Group objective
How you can get involved
Promoting collaborative research through sharing of ideas, contacts, etc.
Sharing any ideas that you would like to do collaborative research on with the Group
Special journal issue on benefit-sharing from and community engagement in PAs and tourism
Prepare potential paper ideas and send to the Group Coordinator. Once we have a collection I will approach a relevant journal – any ideas related to this or interest in being a part of this are most welcome
Conference/workshop on benefit-sharing from and community engagement in PAs and tourism
Depending on whether or not we can acquire funds for this it would be wonderful to organise a TAPAS Community Working Group workshop/conference at some stage in the future – please let me know if you have any ideas for funding, etc.
Based on the Best Practice Guidelines, a special journal issue or book on best practices for the different stakeholders
Also dependent on funding
Overall, an improvement in benefit-sharing from and community engagement in PAs and tourism
Active involvement of the Group members in sharing information, working on projects together, sharing information, etc.
Increasing knowledge about benefit-sharing schemes, community engagement, etc. from around the world
Sharing interesting news, articles, research, etc. with the Group on a regular basis


A number of these objectives are long-term but there is a huge amount of potential to really make a difference in terms of ensuring that benefit-sharing is equitable and transparent and communities are effectively engaged in PAs and tourism and in sharing this knowledge with others.


Please let me know if you have any other suggestions for the Group, how you would like to be involved, and any other ideas related to ensuring the success of the Group. A critical part of this will be active engagement of our Members. This will ensure that we all get the most out of the Group and that it is able to achieve the objectives set out.


Thank you once again for joining the Community Working Group.


I look forward to working with you all!


Warm regards,

Sue

IUCN TAPAS Community Working Group Coordinator


http://susansnyman.com/publications/




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Orientation

The Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS) holds an on-demand real-time, live streaming orientation to our group and where to find valuable information on the social web. Find out how to volunteer for working groups. Learn how to promote your parks and tourism event and find events near you. Help us brainstorm the must-haves for the new TAPAS website. In the 1-hour hangout we answer questions about TAPAS with members of the exco committee and visit TAPAS' social web channels, including this wiki, our Facebook group, LinkedIn and Google+. This hangout will NOT be recorded.

Questions? Tweet @ronmader

Agenda:
•Welcome
• Inside TAPAS
• Introductions
• Events
• Viewer Questions
• Social Web Tour
• Final Comments



Vision: We envision a future where tourism in protected areas is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

Mission: The mission of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS) is to provide a forum where people collaborate, stimulate dialogue, share expertise, develop and disseminate knowledge, and enhance learning, in order to enable the planning, development and management of sustainable tourism in protected areas.

Translating TAPAS Vision Statement (09.2015 Word Cloud)




Contributions to media, website, newsletter RON
Twitter: @IUCNTourism https://twitter.com/IUCNTourism
Hashtags: #IUCNTourism, #IUCNCongress, #CBDCOP13, #COP13


Slideshare




TAPAS (400 views)
Parks and Tourism Webinar (7,400 views)
http://www.slideshare.net/jimbarborak/tourism-and-pa-seminar-2015-colorado-state-university-brochure


Videos







Mentions of TAPAS on Blogs

Have your say on tourism and protected areas (2011)
Aichi Targets (2012)







Main Streams for the 2014 World Parks Congress #tapasiucn #sydney #NewGeneration

Parks Magazine: Protected Areas, Tourism and the Aichi Targets #tapas #iucn






WCPA North America
WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group
Global Communications Unit
World Heritage Programme
Global Protected Areas Programme



Buzzword Bingo

CBD - Database - IUCN - IUCN2016 - Members - WCPA



Member Survey

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) is in the process of reviewing its activities during 2015, and also compiling its plan for 2016.

Jan 2016: We are keen to get feedback from TAPAS Group members, including ideas and suggestions to make improvements. Please click here, or paste the weblink into your internet browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TAPAS_2015_16



Publisher's Note August 2015: Help! We'd like to translate the TAPAS vision into other languages. Please help edit via Google Docs

Please translate: We envision a future when tourism in protected areas is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Spanish: Visualizamos un futuro en que el turismo en las áreas protegidas sea ambiental, social y económicamente sostenible.
Portuguese: Visualizamos um futuro quando o turismo em unidades de conservação será ambientalmente, socialmente e economicamente sustentável.
Dutch: Een toekomst waarin het toerisme in beschermde gebieden is milieu, social en economisch duurzaam.
Dutch, version 2: We voorzien een toekomst waarin het toerisme in beschermde gebieden milieuvriendelijk, sociaal en economisch duurzaam is.
French: L'avenirquand le tourismedans les parcsest écologiquement, socialement et économiquement durable.
Estonian: Me kujutlevad tulevikku kui turismi kaitsealadel on ökoloogiliselt, sotsiaalselt ja majanduslikult jätkusuutlik.
German: Wir stellen uns eine Zukunft vor, in der Tourismus in Schutzgebieten ökologisch, sozial und ökonomisch nachhaltig ist.
Italian: La nostra visione è di un futuro in cui il turismo nelle aree protette sarà sostenibile dal punto di vista ambientale, sociale ed economico.
Italian, version 2: Noi immaginiamo un futuro dove il turismo nelle aree protette sia ambientalmente, socialmente e economicamente sostenibile
Māori: Sioloto matou he kaha'ú, ka ko taiao tāpoi i roto i ngā wāhi e tiakina, pāpori me te ōhanga ukauka.
Mongolian: Бид ирээдүйд тусгай хамгаалалттай газар нутаг дахь аялал жуулчлалыг байгаль орчин, нийгэм болон эдийн засгийн хувьд тогтвортой байх болно хэмээн төсөөлж байна.
Nepalese: hami bhasiwa ma samarachan chatra ma paryatak ko bikas samajik , batabaran ra arthik anukul ra dhigh hos bhanera.
Romanian: Viziunea noastra este cea a unui viitor in care turismul in ariile protejate va fi sustenabil din punct de vedere ambiental, social si economic.





New!

Economics: The Coordinator of the Economics Working Group (EWG) coordinates activities relating to the economics of tourism in protected areas for the TAPAS group. The EWG Coordinator recruits and works with other Working Group and TAPAS group members to identify priorities and opportunities to conduct research, develop materials, build capacity, and disseminate information helpful to managers, planners, and other stakeholders on this theme. In particular, the EWG Coordinator should build strong linkages with bodies working on economic issues, such as Conservation Finance Alliance. The EWG Coordinator participates in ExCo meetings and reports to the ExCo on activities of the group


There are lots of opportunities to shape this and make helpful contributions.

Who should get involved?

  • TAPAS Group members with an interest in developing human capacity to effectively manage protected areas and the related tourism resources.
  • Members from all parts of the world and different sectors (business, academic, NGOs, government).

To become a working group member, please send me a message (on email, skype, linkedin or twitter).