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Webinar Series 2017

In 2017, the Coordination Desk of 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme is continuing to promote a series of webinars, organized by UN Environment and France and including one branded initiative “contributing to the programme” led by IUCN WCPA TAPAS Group (i.e. webinar 10). The webinars are focusing on aspects related to planning and management, sustainable value chains and financial tools in the run up to the 2017 International Symposium and Annual Conference under the theme “Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation”.
 
Please note that the opinions expressed during the webinars are those of the speakers.
 
 
Webinar 10. What is overtourism in protected areas and what can we do about it?, 3 November 2017
 

Moderator: Dr. Anna Spenceley (IUCN WCPA TAPAS Group), Mr. Allan Rhodes Espinoza (Ecoturismo Genuino)

Speakers: Mr. Jon Kohl (PUP Global Heritage Consortium), Dr. Stephen McCool (University of Montana

Participants: 131 (77 women, 54 men)

Rising visitor use levels in tourism destinations over the last several years have caught residents and managers off-guard, leading to potentially significant social and biophysical impacts. This condition has been termed “overtourism”, but has been previously known by other terms such as “over use” and “over crowded.” Concern about this situation has a long history in protected area management. Regardless of the term, the concerns about impacts have legitimate foundations. Resolving this problem will require a better understanding of it first, before proposing simplified solutions. 
 
As a collaboration between the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, Ecotourism Genuino, PUP Global Heritage Consortium and the 10 YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme, the webinar was designed to build awareness of the challenges of high levels of visitor use in protected areas, review what has lead to this challenge, and to suggest a way forward. 
 
For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

 

Webinar 9. Financing sustainable development in tourism SMEs, 18 October 2017

 

Moderator: Ms. Cecilia Lopez y Royo (UN Environment)

Speakers: Ms. Virginia Robano (OECD), Mr. Salvador Leal (Ministry of Tourism, Mexico), Mr. Vasilis Karakousis (TEMES S.A.)

Participants: 66 (35 women, 31 men)

Objectives:
- Presented solutions that public actors, in collaboration with banks may develop to support SME access to finance;
- Shared information on governmental investment and finance initiatives supporting the tourism transition towards sustainable tourism development.
 
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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

 

Webinar 8. 'Sustainability catalysts' - The importance of large companies to tourism value chains, 11 October 2017

Moderator: Ms. Helena Rey (UN Environment)

Speakers: Ms. Jane Ashton (TUI Group PLC), Ms. Marie Balmain (Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs), Mr. Nicolas Perin (International Tourism Partnership)

Participants: 81 (52 women, 29 men)

Objectives:
- Explored opportunities for large tourism companies in influencing and enhancing the development of sustainable practices within SMEs across value chains.
 
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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.
 

Webinar 7. Tourism and sustainable food management, 20 September 2017

Moderator: Dr. Dirk Glaesser (UNWTO)

Speakers: Mr. Nout van der Vaart (Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries), Ms. Wendy Moore (The Travel Foundation), Mr. Terry Brown (The Travel Foundation), Prof. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher (MODUL University Vienna), Mr. Benjamin Lephilibert (LightBlue Environmental Consulting)

Participants: 115 (84 women, 31 men)
 
Objectives: The three objectives of the webinar were to:
- Provided examples of methodologies for management of food & beverage value chains in the tourism industry;
- Discussed benefits of food waste prevention;
- Presented approaches to integrate small, local producers into a large, mainstream tourism value chains.
 
Please click the image above to watch the recorded webinar. 
For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

 

Webinar 6. Financial tools for the sustainable development of tourism enterprises, 26 June 2017

 

Moderator: Florence Levasseur (Simplification CCI France)

Speakers: Yannick Pecherand (BPI France), Aude Andrup (ADEME), Abdeliah Lahchimi (Consultant, Tourism and handicrafts)

Participants: 45 (27 women, 18 men)

The aim of the webinar series on sustainable tourism and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was to enable stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society to learn more about the tools, methodologies and best practices in the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism activities. The webinar primarily addressed at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), which are particularly concerned by the search for funding for the implementation of more sustainable activities. Indeed, the cost and the lack of profitability are often cited as obstacles to the implementation of sustainable tourism approaches.

This webinar was held in French and provided examples of financing tools in Morocco and France. For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material. And please click the image above to watch the recorded webinar. 

 

 

Webinar Series 2016

In 2016, the Coordination Desk of 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme promoted a series of webinars, organized by UN Environment with support from France and Morocco, with participation of over 180 participants and hundreds of YouTube views. The webinars focused on climate-related issues and paved the way to the 2016 International Symposium and Annual Conference under the theme “Advancing sustainable tourism in a changing climate”.
 
Please note that the opinions expressed during the webinars are those of the speakers.
 

Webinar 5. Management of coastal and mountain tourism areas endangered by climate change, 14 December 2016

Moderator: Svitlana Mikhalyeva (UN Environment)

Speakers: Gérard Ruiz (National Association of French Elected Officials of Coastal Areas –ANEL-), Guillaume Cromer (ID-Tourism and Association of Actors of Sustainable Tourism)

Participants: 38

The discussions focused on effectively linking local, national and international measures to facilitate the sustainable management of costal and mountain tourism areas. The importance of adaptation and mitigation measures for the sustainable management of these areas. 

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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note.

 

 
 
Webinar 4. Tourism transition at destination level: methodologies and innovative projects, 20 October 2016
 
Moderator: Eric Raulet (Defismed)

Speakers: Pierre Torrente (ISTHIA), Samiha Khelifa (University of Sousse, Tunisia)

Participants: 33 (18 women, 15 men)

The webinar highlighted the need for involving a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities and civil society members, and developing a bottom-up communication channels in establishing long-term sustainable solutions for tourism development.  

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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

 
 
 
Webinar 3. Sustainable mobility as leverage of reduction of CO2 emissions in tourism sector, 23 September 2016
 
Moderator: Svitlana Mikhalyeva (UN Environment)

Speakers: Patrick Oliva (Michelin Group), Ghislain Dubois (TEC), Hugo Chauvin (Carte Blanche Conseil)

Participants: 42 (19 women, 23 men)

The discussion was centered around mobility and tourism - two highly interconnected areas in the decarbonisation efforts. The webinar underlined the role of multi-modal transportation and the shift from aviation to rail transportation in reducing carbon footprint of tourist travels.  

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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

 

 

 

Webinar 2. The Paris Climate Change Agreement and its implications for tourism, 6 June 2016

Moderator: Deirdre Shurland (UN Environment)

Speakers: Dr. Daniel Scott (University of Waterloo, Canada), Dr. Stefan Gössling (Lund University, Sweden)

Participants: 41 (20 women, 21 men)

The webinar focused on the Paris Agreement, adopted by 190+ countries in Paris, December 2015, which aims to ¨hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels¨. The dialogue highlighted the immediate need for sector specific targets for the tourism sector to effectively contribute to the 2030 Agenda. 

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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

 

Webinar 1. World Heritage & Tourism in a changing climate, 26 May 2016

Moderator: Helena Rey  (UN Environment)

Speakers: Peter Debrine (UNESCO World Heritage Centre), Adam Markham (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Participants: 42 (22 women, 20 men)

The webinar discussed the need to improve collaboration with national multi-stakeholder networks to build resilience to develop destination-level data sets. The discussion also emphasized the role of effective monitoring and data collection practices in protecting World Heritage Sites. 

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For more information on the Webinar, please download the technical note and presentation material.

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