Sustainable Tourism Development in a Network of Cross Border National Parks and Protected Areas
Project title: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM IN A NETWORK OF CROSS-BORDER NATIONAL PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS
Countries: BENIN, BURKINA FASO, GAMBIA, GUINEA,
GUINEA BISSAU, MALI, MAURITANIA, NIGER, SENEGAL AND SIERRA LEONE
Current status: Ongoing Concluded
Duration (est.)/dates: 2008- May2011
Partner entities: Islamic Conference Organization (ICO), Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
Source(s) of Funding: ST-EP Foundation, KOICA
Executing Agency: UNWTO in collaboration with ICO and KOICA
Main project objectives: to synergise the efforts of the 10 states in order to optimise the protected areas which they hold in common
Lesotho is experiencing a high unemployment rate and has many people living below the poverty line. The project area has some accommodation facilities for tourists, but the communities in the area hardly benefit from tourism activities. This project would enhance the local economic impact from tourism by ensuring that community members can establish rural home stays and sell goods and services to tourists and tourism enterprises.
A feasibility study of following key areas was carried out:
Main project outputs/deliverables:
Results of the feasibility study were presented at a Donors Conference held in Dakar, Senegal on 27 – 28 May 2011. The conference was attended by over 200 participants, which included the African Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank, both of which made commitments to the project.