The Pacific Asia Travel Association and the International Union for Conservation of Nature strengthen focus on sustainable tourism in the Asia Pacific region
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a new partnership in June 2015 in the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), recognizing the positive impacts that their collaboration can have in the areas of conservation and sustainable development.
The specific objectives of the MoU include collaboration in capacity building, knowledge sharing, and networking, both online and in person. PATA members can look forward to opportunities to increase their knowledge of wider sustainability issues, particularly in relation to Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and coastal tourism, as well as forthcoming IUCN case studies showcasing positive examples of sustainable tourism on PATA’s sustainability website, sustain.pata.org.
PATA CEO Mario Hardy said, “We are excited to have IUCN on board to share their knowledge and best practices to enable our members to make smarter decisions in the context of environment and conservation. The benefit of the partnership allows PATA members to increased access to opportunities to make a difference in dealing with Asia’s critical sustainability issues in relation to the travel and tourism industry.”
“Tourism is growing rapidly in the Asia Pacific region, with opportunities for both positive and negative impacts on ecosystems and communities, particularly in vulnerable coastal regions,” said IUCN Regional Director for Asia Aban Marker Kabraji. “This new partnership will allow us to share information with PATA member companies, to explore business risks and opportunities within the tourism industry, and to create new solutions together.”
Co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) partnership-based regional initiative focuses on building the resilience of communities dependent on coastal ecosystems in a number of Asian countries. By encouraging private sector engagement and community action in collaboration with PATA, communities and businesses in areas vulnerable to climate change can be empowered to live and operate sustainably. MFF builds on a history of coastal management interventions before and after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It initially focused on the countries that were worst affected by the tsunami – India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. More recently it has expanded to include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam.
With a common goal of long-term sustainable management and protection of livelihoods within the tourism sector, the partnership aims to promote an integrated approach to coastal area and natural resource management in the Asia Pacific region.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.
IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 15,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
IUCN’s Asia Regional Office is in Bangkok Thailand. The IUCN Asia Regional Secretariat has over 200 staff located in country and liaison offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.
IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum 2015
10-12 August 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Held once every four years, the IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum is a dynamic event which brings together governments, NGOs and businesses from all over Asia to discuss the region’s most urgent environmental issues.
The forum highlights the critical importance of these sectors working together in order to find conservation solutions that are vital for the future of Asia and the resilience of its people.
NGOs working on environment and development, as well as private sector institutions and companies are invited to attend.
Participants to the forum will have a chance to interact with leading figures from governments, NGOs, business and science in the region, as well as develop new partnerships for sustainability across a wide range of sectors and countries.
In addition to participating as an attendee, there are opportunities to host a side event or sponsor the forum.