10YFP STP International Symposium and Annual Conference

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2017 International Symposium of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme, 7 December 2017, Kasane, Chobe, Botswana

2017 International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme, 7-9 December 2017, Kasane, Chobe, Botswana

The International Symposium was scheduled for 7 December and brings stakeholders of the programme and sustainable tourism experts from around the world, who are dedicated to advancing sustainable tourism globally and particularly focusing on applying innovative approaches, tools and techniques to accelerate sustainable SCP patterns in the tourism sector in both developed and developing countries. The event was open to the public.

The International Symposium of the 10YFP STP brings stakeholders of the programme and sustainable tourism experts from around the world altogether, who are dedicated to advancing sustainable tourism globally and particularly focusing on applying innovative approaches, tools and techniques to accelerate sustainable SCP patterns in the tourism sector in both developed and developing countries.

Official Opening

  • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – Video address                                     
  • Hon. Tshekedi Khama, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism of Botswana

Panel 1 – Tourism and Conservation planning: Better data for better management

  • Moderators:
    • Mr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO
    • Ms. Paula Hidalgo-Sanchís, Manager, Pulse Lab Kampala, UN Global Pulse
  • Evidence-based policy advice through GIS tracking of tourists - the Tourism Tracer project: Ms. Anne Hardy, Director, Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd), University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Geospatial technologies and big data - the growing tool-box for tourism planning and Management: Mr. Simon Hughes, Managing Director, Hatfield Consultants Africa
  • Global mobility studied via ICT data - applications for tourism: Mr. José Javier Ramasco, Distinguished Researcher, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, Spanish National Research Council and University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Data for Sustainability - creating unique tools for lasting benefits: Mr. Sergio Estella, Founder & Chief Design Officer, Vizzuality 

Panel 2 – Circularity in tourism value chains: Supporting the Paris Agreement through a low carbon transition

  • Moderators:
    • Mr. Bruno Fareniaux, General Advisor, Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France                             
    • Mr. Nicolas Perin, Programme Manager, International Tourism Partnership Circularity in tourism value chains: Supporting the Paris Agreement through a low carbon transition
  • Transforming tourism value chains to accelerate more resilient, resource efficient and low carbon development: Ms. Lisette Marie Gil Munoz, Tourism and Value Chains Specialist, Owners Association of Hotels Condos Playa Dorada, Dominican Republic
  • Supporting zero waste to landfill policy through supply chain management and green procurement in the hospitality industry: A Case Study: Ms. Bonte Edwards, Associate, Environmental Management and Sustainability, JG Afrika
  • Tourism and the Paris agreement: what solutions for the transport sector?: Mr. Vincent Benezech, Transport Analyst, International Transport Forum, OECD
  • Destination Management Organizations as drivers for the circular economy: Mr. Guy Bigwood, Director, Global Destination Sustainability Index

Panel 3 – Financing innovation in tourism: Promoting conservation, competitiveness, sustainability and inclusion

  • Moderators:
    • Mr. Muyeye Chambwera, Technical Specialist, Sustainable Development, UNDP Ms. Sue Snyman, Group Sustainability Manager and Vice-Chair of the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, Wilderness Safaris
    • Biodiversity conservation and wildlife tourism at the Global Environment Facility: Mr. Jaime Cavelier, Senior Biodiversity Specialist, Programs Unit, Global Environment Facility
  • Leveraging partnerships to promote sustainable wildlife-based tourism: Mr. Elisson Wright, Senior Program Coordinator, Global Wildlife Program, World Bank Group
  • Tourism – an opportunity for transfrontier conservation areas?: Mr. Reinhard Woytek, Programme Director SADC-GIZ Transboundary Use and Protection of Natural Resources
  • Natural capital, sustainable tourism and innovative financing: Mr. Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary, Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa/ Conservation International
  • Impact investing and conservation tourism: Mr. Francois Barnard, Associate, Conservation Capital 

Panel 4 – Marketing of Sustainability: Driving change in an era of 'empowered tourists'

  • Moderator:
    • Mr. Guy Bigwood, Sustainability Manager, MCI Group
    • Marketing of sustainability: Driving change in an era of 'empowered tourists' 
  • Marketing a sustainable destination – a Botswana story: Ms. Jillian Blackbeard, Executive Manager, Botswana Tourism Organization
  • Successes and challenges of marketing sustainability in adventure travel: Mr. Praveen Moman, Co-founder and Managing Director of Volcanoes Safaris and Member of the Advisory Board of the Adventure Travel and Trade Association
  • Supporting the development of domestic elephant-watching tourism: Mr. Julien Marchais, Founder & Programme coordinator, Association Elephants & Humans, Coordinator of the EleWatch Initiative
  • Monitoring visitor satisfaction for effective sustainability strategies: Mr. Michael Kessler, Chief Revenue Officer, Review Pro
  • Understanding behaviour science for sustainable tourism: ‘Empowerment and Fun’: Mr. Christopher Warren, Director, International Centre for Responsible Tourism – Australia and Middle East

 Conclusions, Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks

  • Ms. Jillian Blackbeard, Executive Manager, Botswana Tourism Organization

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2017 International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme, 7-9 December 2017, Kasane, Chobe, Botswana

The Annual Conference took place on 8 December and was a meeting where annual progress, priorities and programme needs were discussed. The Conference presented opportunities for participants to exchange experiences and played an active role in shaping the priorities of the programme by using their collective intelligence to jointly develop a Call for Action. The event was open to the public. 

The Annual Conference of the 10YFP STP is a meeting of programme actors where annual progress, priorities and programme needs are discussed. The Conference presents opportunities for STP programme Lead, Co‐Leads, MAC Members and Partners to exchange experiences and play an active role in shaping the direction and work priorities of the 10YFP STP as part of the legacy of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development within a Call for Action.

Welcome remarks
  • Ms. Jillian Blackbeard, Executive Manager, Botswana Tourism Organization

Looking forward to meeting the SDGs: The role of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme

  • Lead: Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO 
  • Co‐lead: Mr. Bruno Fareniaux, General Advisor, Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

Local perspectives on sustainable development, conservation and tourism

Chaired by Mr. Tafa Tafa, Executive Manager for Investments and Projects, Botswana Tourism Organization

  • The history of Chobe’s first game lodge: Mr. Jonathan Gibson, CEO, Chobe Holdings
  • Building sustainable conservation economies through responsible ecotourism: Mr. Kai Collins, Conservation Manager, Wilderness Safaris
  • Fostering coexistence between elephants and people: Ms. Amanda Stronza, Director, Ecoexist project
  • Changing lives forever through travel: Ms. Tumie Matlhware, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Travel for Impact

Collective work on the Kasane Call to Action for sustainable consumption and production in tourism

Co‐Chaired by: Mr. Ronald Sanabria, Senior Consultant, Rainforest Alliance and Ms. Helena Rey, Programme Officer, Consumption and Production Unit, UN Environment

  • Setting the scene ‐ the 10YFP, the SDGs and our network commitments: Ms. Cecilia Lopez y Royo, Coordinator, 10YFP Secretariat, UN Environment
  • The run up to a solid first draft: Mr. Ronald Sanabria, Senior Consultant, Rainforest Alliance
  • Inspiring us to take action, 10YFP STP members at work:

Africa Ignite: Ms. Bongiwe Mlangeni, WOWZULU Project Leader

Nomad Lodges and member of The Long Run: Mr. Pierre‐André Kruger, CEO

Japan Ecolodge Association and member of the Asian Ecotourism Network: Mr. Masaru Takayama, Executive Director

Sustainable Travel International: Ms. Isabel Torres, Director of Global Programmes

Fair Trade Tourism: Ms. Jane Edge, Managing Director

NATIVE Hotels: Mr. Pablo Ramón, Founder and Communications Director

Review of progress in 2017 and programme priorities for 2018

Chaired by: Mr. Thomas Legoupil, Policy Advisor, Ministry of Ecological Transition of France

  • Overview of progress in 2017 and Identifying priorities and opportunities for 2018: Coordination Desk Officers from Morocco, Republic of Korea, France and UNWTO (Mr. Mohammed Bekkali, Ms. Nari Ahn, Ms. Svitlana Mikhalyeva and Ms. Virginia Trapa)
  • 10YFP Mid‐term review: Five‐year strategy for the network, including rebranding: Ms. Cecilia Lopez y Royo and Ms. Mei-Ling Park, 10YFP Secretariat, UN Environment

Conclusions, closing remarks and vote of thanks

  • Co‐lead: Mr. Bruno Fareniaux, General Advisor, Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
  • Lead: Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO

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Advancing SDG 12: Kasane Call to Action

During the Annual Conference, we were collectively developing the Kasane Call to Action to accelerate sustainable consumption and production in the tourism sector. Our goal was to contribute to the legacy of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and agree on the way forward to advance Agenda 2030 and more specifically Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG12) on sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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