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FIRST PAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE October, 2012 Arusha, Tanzania

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FIRST PAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE Sustainable Tourism Management in African National Parks and Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities October, 2012 Arusha, Tanzania Background and objectives:
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FIRST PAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE Sustainable Tourism Management in African National Parks and Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities October, 2012 Arusha, Tanzania Background and objectives: Nature-based tourism particularly in African National Parks and Protected Areas is a large and growing global industry, partially dependent upon the attributes of the natural environment and biodiversity (wildlife and scenery) which represents one of Africa s strategic competitive advantages as a destination. If managed by integrated and efficient strategies, and leveraged responsibly for tourism, parks can make a significant contribution to a country s economy with its benefits for job creation, foreign exchange generation and the stimulation of SME s. Hence, tourism will also provide additional resources for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of public and private land. The balance between environmental and cultural protection and tourism development involves important policy and management issues as well as a regulatory framework in order to sustain high quality visitor experience. Despite the high potential for a sustainable tourism development, many of Africa s National parks and protected areas suffer from constraints and limitations concerning public policies, integrated planning, effective governance with the involvement of the private stakeholders, management and commercial skills, scientific expertise, infrastructure and transport, tourism product development, quality, consumer image and safety/security. The conference aims to encourage professional approach to: Better position park tourism as an essential and integrated component of overall national park management in Africa, Acquire an overview of the current challenges in terms of demand and supply chain, Discover how to re-engineer park management structures through new partnership and business models, Provide insight into the necessary tools to maximize the economic and social benefits to the local communities. 2 FINAL PROGRAMME Sunday, 14 October 17:00-19:00 Registration (venue: Mt. Meru Hotel) 19:00 Welcome Reception (venue: Mt. Meru Hotel) Monday, 15 October 08:00 17:00 Social activities: Showcase Made in Tanzania handcrafted products, morning to evening (venue: AICC Car Park) 08:00-09:30 Registration 09:30 10:30 SESSION 1: CONTEXT AND OUTLOOK FOR TOURISM IN PROTECTED AREAS IN AFRICA Moderator: Ms. Esencan Terzibasoglu, UNWTO Programme Coordinator, Destination Management i) Keynote presentation: Sustainable Tourism, Biodiversity and Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa Mr. Frédéric Pierret, UNWTO Executive Director Overview of Tourism in Protected Areas in Tanzania and their Tourism Potentials Mr. Allan Kijazi, Director General, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Tanzania The Economic Contribution of Tourism in Namibia s Protected Areas Mr. Boas Erckie, Deputy Director, Etosha National Park, Namibia Towards a Sustainable Tourism in Eastern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Nature-Based Tourism Mr. Geoffrey Manyara, Senior Regional Tourism Adviser UNECA (SRO-EA), Ghana Panel discussion/ Q & A 10:30 12:00 Opening Ceremony Introduction of Ministers and UNWTO Delegates Entertainment from JKT Olijoro Ms. M.K. Tarishi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania H.E. Mr. Khamis Kagasheki, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO Guest of Honor: H.E. Mr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania Presentation ceremony of the Open Letter to H.E. Mr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania, by Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General 12:00-12:30 Coffee/tea break 3 12:30 14:00 SESSION 2: DEVELOPING AND MARKETING TOURISM PRODUCTS IN PROTECTED AREAS Moderator: Mr. Richard Tapper, Director, Environment Business & Development Group i) Developing and Marketing Tourism Products, Case of The Stanley and Livingstone Hotel, Zimbabwe Mr. Vincent Makamure, General Manager, The Stanley and Livingstone Hotel, Zimbabwe Developing and Marketing Tourism Products in Protected Areas - The Serena Hotels Success Story Mr. David Sem, Country Sales Manager, Serena Hotels, Tanzania Challenges and opportunities in developing tourism to support the restoration of the Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique Mr. Mateus Mutemba, Gorongosa Park Warden, Mozambique Sustainable Tourism in Marine National Parks The Seychelles Experience Mrs. Sylvanna Antat, Research Officer, Seychelles National Parks Authority, Seychelles v) Promotion and management of the largest cross-border protected area in West Africa: the WAP Mr. Cheikh Tidiane Kane, Regional Coodrinator PAPE, UEMOA Panel discussion/ Q & A 14:00 15:30 Lunch 15:30 17:00 SESSION 3: ENSURING COMMUNITY BENEFITS AND PARTICIPATION Moderator: Mr. Richard Tapper, Director, Environment Business & Development Group i) Site Level Approach to Community Involvement, Parc W, Burkina Faso Mrs. Rosalie Balima, Tourism Director- General, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Burkina Faso Community Tourism in Kenya: Ensuring Community benefits and participation Mr. Johnson Sipitiek, Programme Manager Conservation Development Programme, African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Community Involvement in Conservation Activities and Benefit Sharing, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania Mr. Justus Muumba, Manager Community Development, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), Tanzania Panel discussion / Q & A 19:30 21:00 Gala Dinner (venue: Kibo Palace hotel) 4 Tuesday, 16 October 09:00 17:30 Social activities: Showcase Made in Tanzania handcrafted products, morning to evening (venue: AICC Car Park) 09:30 12:00 SESSION 4: INTEGRATING TOURISM WITH CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT Moderator: Mr. Frédéric Pierret, UNWTO Executive Director i) Naboisho Community Conservancy: East African case on how upmarket responsible tourism can work in Community Wilderness Areas, Tanzania Mr. Jeroen Harderwijk, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asilia Africa, Tanzania Sustainable Tourism Mangement in Marine Protected Areas of Tanzania Mr. Abdillah Chande, Unit Manager, Marine Parks and Reserves Unit, Tanzania Wildlife Watching, Case of Gabon Mrs. Annie Blondel, President s advisor in charge of Tourism Development, National Parks Agency, Gabon Working with the tourism sector to develop and manage tourism in Kenya's National Parks (including tendering process for concessions) Mr. Benjamin W. Kavu, Deputy Director, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Panel discussion/ Q & A 12:00 12:30 Coffee/tea break 12:30 14:30 SESSION 5: PROVIDING THE RIGHT FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNANCE, PLANNING AND LEGISLATION Moderator: H.E. Mr. Khamis S. Kagasheki, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania i) Sustainable Tourism in National Parks and Protected Areas: A Legislative Overview, South Africa Ms. Tokozile Xasa, Deputy-Minister of Tourism, South Africa Private Sector Partnership Model for Conservation-Based Tourism, Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Kenya Mrs. Sandra Obudo, Tourism and Communications Officer, Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Kenya A Planning Framework for South African National Parks: Improving Governance Mrs. Nomvuselelo Songelwa, Senior General Manager, Park Operations, SAN Parks, South Africa 5 National Tourism Plan and the Protected Areas, Madagascar Mr. Marcel René Rakotoseheno, Assistant-Adviser of the Tourism Secretary-General of Madagascar v) Creating a conducive environment for sustainable development of the Maputo Special Reserve (MSR) Ecologically, Economically, Socially & Politically, Mozambique Mr. Armando Uleva Guenha, Project manager and technical advisor at Ministry of Tourism, Mozambique vi) An Integrated Approach for Successful Tourism Development in and around Uganda's protected areas, Uganda Mr. Simon Jones, Solimar International/USAID-STAR, Uganda 14:30 16:00 Lunch 16:00 17:00 CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING SESSION Wednesday, 17 October 09:00 17:30 Social activities: Showcase Made in Tanzania handcrafted products, morning to evening (venue: AICC Car Park) 9:00 15:00 Meeting of the steering committee on West African Cross Border Parks Sustainable Tourism Development Project 15:00 18:00 Knowledge exchange and Business Network (B2B) Thursday, 18 October 6:30 19:40 Technical Visit to Ngorongoro Conservation Area 6 Addendum: Technical visit Thursday, 18 October Site: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA), Tanzania A: Brief description about the NCAA The NCAA (8,292 sq km) spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna woodlands and forests, from the plains of the Serengeti National Park in the north-west, to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. The area was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the World s largest caldera and Olduvai Gorge, with 14km long deep ravine. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, such as the black rhino, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. The area has been subject to extensive archaeological research for over 80 years and has yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, collectively extending over a span of almost four million years to the early modern era. This evidence includes fossilized footprints at Laetoli, associated with the development of human bipedalism, a sequence of diverse, evolving hominid species within Olduvai gorge, which range from Australopiths such as Zinjanthropus boisei to the Homo lineage that includes Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens; an early form of Homo sapiens at Lake Ndutu; and, in the Ngorongoro Crater, remains that document the development of stone technology and the transition to the use of iron. The overall landscape of the area is seen to have the potential to reveal much more evidence concerning the rise of anatomically modern humans, modern behavior and human ecology. Because of these particular features and the harmonious co-existence between wildlife and people that has existed for many years, NCAA was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site and listed as one of the International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO s Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme. B: Itinerary: What to see: People and culture Crater and wildlife Oldupai Gorge (Where life began) Beyond the crater Thursday, 18 October: Time 06:20am 06.30am 07:40am 08:30am 08:35am 10:40am 11:40am 12:00pm 2:15pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 7:40pm Activity Gathering at Mount Meru Hotel car park for departure Depart to Ngorongoro by road Stop over at Lake Manyara National Park view point Arrival at Lodoare gate (Ngorongoro main gate) Briefing about the site at Ngorongoro visitors centre Visiting Oldupai Gorge Visiting Maasai Cultural Boma (Seneto) on the way to crater Game viewing down the crater Lunch break Recap about the technical visit at Ngoitoktok within the crater Depart to Arusha through Lodoare gate Stopover for buying souvenirs and other cultural products at Kibaoni Arrival at Arusha Please be sensitive to the fact that it is considered bad manner to take photographs of people along the roadside without consent.
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