On January 21, 2021,, within LT&C-Webinar Series: How to design post-COVID tourism and conservation strategies for LT&C Champions, we this time focus on Africa. After a first round in which we found out what worked and what didn’t for LT&C champions around the globe, we’d like to focus on a continent where tourism has played a fundamental role for conservation as well as for development, and where several innovative approaches have been tested over the years, from community-based tourism to conservancies and from concessions and PPPs to State-run park tourism agencies: Africa, our common origin. We will look at specific champions as well as innovative financial instruments to allow the sector to recover. As before, our goal is to identify how LT&C champions can face the post-COVID-19 tourism protocols and the future client expectations regarding safe travels, and diversity their activities to optimize economic returns on their stewardship of protected areas and other area-based means of conservation. Our ultimate goal is to share those examples to ensure the sector continues to be a critical contributor to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. We invite you to learn from the leaders in this field, and share your views. (More about the Webinar Series see here)
Oliver Hillel from the CBD-Secretariat in Montreal will be the Moderator of the Webinar and will introduce the topic: Innovative strategic financing instruments for conservation tourism in Africa: the example of multilateral development banks and LT&C-Example.
Tourism specialist with the World Bank Group for the past 15 years, Shaun Mann, is offering to talk about his work on a concept for an Innovative strategic financing instruments for tourism in Africa: proposals to democratize conservation”.
Netsai Bollmann, based in Botswana, will talk about “Pushing the Boundaries: Reimagining and repackaging destinations across Southern African Transfrontier Conservation Areas against a COVID-19 backdrop”.
Greg Bakunzi, based in Rwanda, will talk about “Amahoro Tours and Redrocks Rwanda supporting Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, DRC”
We are welcoming other LT&C-Example providers from Africa to participate in the Panel Discussion after the presentations.
Anybody else interested in the subject is welcome to participate and get access to the Zoom meeting. Just indicate your kind of interest and