Biological Diversity and Tourism


Final Report COP 12 - Business Forum - Biodiversity and Tourism Development Side Events

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COP 12 - Business Forum - Biodiversity and Tourism Development Side Events

Sunday, 12 October 2014 - Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea At Alpensia Covention Center


– Panel 1 – Tourism Financing Protected Areas Systems

Progress and trends in capturing revenues from tourism for parks – Mr. Paul Dale, Senior Biodiversity Advisor, State Government of São Paulo, Brazil

Leveraging the tourism industry for ecosystem management in destinations – Mr. Jose Koechlin, Founder and President, Inkaterra Group, Peru

Investment opportunities in tourism as a model of co-management of Peru’s protected areas – Mr. Pedro Gamboa, Director, Natural Protected Area Services, Government of Peru

– Panel 2 – Integrating biodiversity into the development of critical tourism and conservation hotspots

• Mr. Dirk Glaesser, Head, Sustainable Development, UN World Tourism Organization • Ms. Giulia Carbone, Deputy Head, Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, IUCN. Switzerland • Mr. Han Qunli, Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences Secretary, Man and the Biosphere (MAB), UNESCO, Paris

– CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development – Review the User’s Manual on the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development and Web - Mr. Richard Denman, Director, Tourism Company)

– Panel 3 – Biodiversity and the challenge of blue/green tourism development

Sustainable models for destination and resort development – Mr. Manuel Bollmann, Programme Development Manager, Fair Trade Tourism

Mainstreaming biodiversity considerations into sustainable tourism development and land-use planning in the Caribbean – Ms. Deirdre Shurland, Coordinator, Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

Corporate leadership in tour operations and cruise lines – Mr. Jamie Sweeting, Vice President for Sustainability at G Adventures & President Planeterra Foundation, USA

– Panel 4 – Tourism as an alternative livelihood for indigenous and local communities: threats and opportunities

Tourism benefitting local livelihoods in Africa – Ms. Jennifer Seif, Executive Director, Fair Trade Tourism South Africa

Lessons learned from the Rainforest Alliance: Leveraging tourism as a tool for conservation and community wellbeing (Certification systems and other voluntary instruments empowering communities) - Ms. Elizabeth Kennedy, Director Evaluation and Research, Rainforest Alliance

How large and medium-scale operators can cooperate with indigenous and local communities to develop nature-based tour products – Mr. Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website (ITBW) Award and the Secretariat of the CBD are collaborating to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. The main objectives of this award are to motivate candidates to improve their online communication on biological and cultural diversity, to highlight their best practices in managing tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way, and to raise tourism operators and public’s awareness on biodiversity. Each year there are two winners of the ITBW Award, one selected by an expert jury panel and another selected by online popular vote.

Second ITBW Award - 2010


The Winner of the judged 2010 ITBW Award is Nutti Sami Siida (, a company that arranges nature and culture tours based on the Sami culture. Owners Nils Torbjörn Nutti and Carina Pingi are both Sami from Gabna Sameby, Sweden.

The Winner of the popular count 2010 ITBW Award is TIME Unlimited Tours ( from New Zealand, operated by the Maori-European couple Ceillhe Tewhare Teneti Hema Sperath and Néill Sperath, and providing personalized and interactive Auckland & Maori Indigenous Cultural Tours.

Visit the site for more : 2010 ITBW Award.

First ITBW Award - 2009

The winner of the judged 2009 ITBW Award is Guurrbi Tours (Australia) and the winner of the popular count 2009 ITBW Award is Indigenous Trails (New Zealand).

Workshop Series on Indigenous Communities, Tourism and Biodiversity: New Information and Web-based Technologies

In line with CBD Decisions IX/13 E and VIII/5 D on Article 8(j) an related provisions and Decision VII/14 on Biological Diversity and Tourism, the SCBD developed a series of workshops on new information and web-based technologies within indigenous communities. The workshops support the sustainable use and management of biodiversity in tourism through bolstering the web-based capacities of indigenous tourism operators.

The workshop series aims to support the management of biodiversity-friendly tourism activities, the web-based capacity of indigenous tourism operators, and the marketing of the culturally and biologically sustainable aspects of indigenous tourism products. The workshops are also intended to be fora for networking and exchange of information on specific challenges facing indigenous tourism operators.

The workshops are being held in five bio-geographical regions of the globe (the Arctic, islands, dry lands and deserts, forest-basins and mountains), areas whose beauty, isolation, significant biodiversity and indigenous communities attract large numbers of eco and cultural tourists.

Third Workshop of the Series: Forests (April 2010)

Second Workshop of the Series: Islands (November 2008)

You are also invited to visit the workshop web site created by NZTRI, Auckland University.

First Workshop of the Series: The Arctic (November 2007)

6th Brazilian Congress on Protected Areas in Curitiba, Brazil

The Secretariat participated, from September 20 to 24, 2009, in the 6th Brazilian Congress on Protected Areas in Curitiba, Brazil, with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and Fundacao Boticario, where 1,200 professionals from government, the private sector and NGOs, from 27 countries, discussed the status and trends of the implementation of the programme of work on protected areas in South America and Brazil. The Secretariat contributed a paper on carbon emission offsets from tourism to benefit parks (click here to read the paper), and participated in a technical session on tourism concessions in Protected areas with the objective of preparing a reference publication on the subject.

Biodiversity and Tourism for Development

The SCBD organized, jointly with UNEP and UNWTO a series of three roundtables on Sustainable Tourism, which took place on 27 February 2009 during the Reisepavillion - International Fair for Alternative Travel in Munich.

Have a look at the presentations of the Reisepavillon on the Tourism and Development pages of the GTZ web site.

For more information on Tourism and Development at the CBD, visit the Biodiversity for Development pages.

Workshop on Biological Diversity and Tourism: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2001

The Workshop on Biological Diversity and Tourism was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 4 to 7 June 2001. It was convened pursuant to decision V/25, paragraph 2, of the Conference of the Parties, in which the Conference of the Parties accepted the invitation to participate in the international work programme on sustainable tourism development under the Commission on Sustainable Development process with regard to biological diversity, in particular, "with a view to contributing to international guidelines for activities related to sustainable tourism development in vulnerable areas, including fragile riparian and mountain ecosystems, bearing in mind the need for guidelines to apply to activities both within and outside protected areas, and taking into account existing guidelines..."

To facilitate the development of such guidelines, the Conference of the Parties further requested the Executive Secretary to prepare a proposal for the contribution on guidelines, "for example, by convening an international workshop".

Workshop on Biological Diversity and Tourism (2001)

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