Community Based Models to Balance Human Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation Needs

"Can tourism pay for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa?" asks Damian Bell, Executive Director of Honeyguide Foundation (HGF) in Tanzania. With the belief that "the future of the ecosystems requires a harmonious balance with human livelihoods and conservation of natural resources", and that tourism could play a big role in achieving this balance, he has established the foundation, which works with local communities and tourism enterprises to conserve wildlife and natural habitat. HGF uses social business and conservation initiatives to create an economic environment favorable to wildlife conservation and community development.


What Does Ecotourism Mean to the French Outbound Tourism Market?

The ESTC13 session "C-2: Understanding Key Consumer Trends Driving Sustainability Practices in Tourism" (Wednesday, September 25, 2013) will feature a presentation on the French outbound tourism market by Guillaume Cromer, Director of ID-Tourism, sharing key insights into how the French outbound market understands ecotourism and responsible travel, so that ecotourism and responsible travel businesses can better understand and target the French market. ID-Tourism is a consulting company based in Paris specialized in sustainable tourism marketing, and works in France, Africa and Asia on CSR strategies, ecotourism schemes and community-based tourism projects.


UNWTO Tourism Forum Promotes Business Between Africa and Spain


The fourth edition of the Investment and Tourism Business Forum (INVESTOUR) addressed cooperation and business opportunities between Spain and Africa. Celebrated on the occasion of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR), INVESTOUR 2013 brought together representatives from 33 African countries and over 50 Spanish entrepreneurs.


"Bringing together the public and private sectors with potential international partners, represents a unique opportunity to reinforce business relations between Spain and Africa and advance sustainable development in the continent", said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening INVESTOUR. Against the backdrop of international tourist arrivals growing by 6% in the region in 2012, the event took place "in a moment in which Africa continues to strive in the tourism map", he added.


Judy Kepher-Gona, the "Good Tourism" Evangelist of Kenya



Draped in a beautiful, colored gown and speaking in a deep voice, a stately African woman delivered a meaningful speech to the 400 tourism professionals who attended the ESTC12. The CEO of Basecamp Foundation and well-known ecotourism campaigner Judy Kepher-Gona can easily captivate international audiences with just a few words:


UNWTO: Sustainable Tourism Central to the Future of Africa's Parks

"Tourism is one of the most effective ways to preserve Africa's national parks and protected areas while creating jobs and income for local communities."

This was one of the main conclusions of the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism in African National Parks, organized by UNWTO and the Government of Tanzania (Arusha, Tanzania, 15-18 October 2012).


"Nature is one of Africa's greatest assets," said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the Conference. "Many of the 50 million international tourists visiting Africa each year are driven by the continent's unparalleled wildlife and natural scenery. These tourists spend in the local economy, sustain jobs and provide an incentive for conservation, making tourism a powerful engine for sustainable development."


Botswana Tourism Organisation: A Dream Safari Trip Giveaway at the ESTC12!

ESTC12 Botswana Prize Trip Giveaway

ESTC12 Sponsor Botswana Tourism Organization is offering a once-in-you-lifetime dream safari trip to the lucky winner of the prize draw at the ESTC12.


The trip includes:

WWF: In Namibia, A Landscape Both Unforgiving and Awe-Inspiring

In this article below, WWF's Elissa Leibowitz Poma, Travel Program Manager, shares her hands-on experience of the Namibian people's reverence for nature that is passed on "from generation to generation, locals to visitors". Read full article: "In Namibia, a Landscape Both Unforgiving and Awe-Inspiring"(WWF Stories, September 6, 2012)


The sand dunes at Namib-Naukluft National Park harbor a great number of animals—gemsbok, ostriches and jackals among them—that can survive with very little water. © Betty McLaughlin Meyer / WWF



ESTC12 Speaker Spotlight: Heather Arrowood, Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué

Heather Arrowood of Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO) will present a case study from Tsam Tsam in the West African country of Gabon, focusing on OELO's efforts to promote wildlife conservation through community-based ecotourism. The case study, based on OELO's ecotourism site at Tsam Tsam Village and lessons learned from its first year of operations, will also feature OELO's partnership with WWF to promote conservation in the Bas-Ogooué Ramsar Site and to engage in participatory mapping to define local land-uses and to address land tenure issues.


(See session details -"Lessons on Ecotourism and Community Development", Wed, September 19th)

International Council of Tourism Partners Welcomes Tanzania as Destination Member

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania has become a destination member. Tanzania's tourism has seen steady growth and currently contributes over 16 percent of the national GDP.


Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is responsible for conservation of natural and cultural resources as well as the development of tourism.


The importance of Tanzania’s natural and cultural resources lies in the biological value of the species and habitats and cultural sites of the country, as well as the socio-economic and cultural value of the resources and its contribution to the sustainable development of the country. These resources are the cornerstone for its tourism industry. The tourism ministry is charged with the task of ensuring sustainable conservation along with the development of tourism industry by promoting and enhancing participation of different stakeholders.

UN Announces SEED Award Winners 2011 With Focus on African Entrepreneurs

Women Win Recognition for Innovative Businesses

From a company that transforms groundnut shells into fuel briquettes in Gambia, to an enterprise that has developed solar ovens in Burkina Faso, to an initiative that trains and employs street youth to collect waste materials in Ghana, which they then transform into handmade designer products, to a business in Kenya where women produce aloe-based skin care products, these are just some the 35 winners of the 2011 SEED Awards, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. And this year, in addition to the general SEED Awards, a special Gender Equity Award was announced as part of SEED's partnership with UN Women.


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