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Call for Entries: 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

20 FEBRUARY, 2017, BANGKOK,– Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored or conserved structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. The Awards emphasize the importance of the conservation process, including the technical achievements and quality of the restoration, as well as its social impact, including community involvement in the project. By UNESCO Bangkok. To find out more please click here.

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How Italy Stopped Venice Being Put on UNESCO’s Heritage In Danger List

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The government lobbied the director of the World Heritage Centre, diplomats and national delegates.

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Uncontrolled tourism is killing the city. Wolfgang Moroder/lusenberg.com

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Committee meeting in Istanbul this July voted not to put Venice on its list of World Heritage in Danger sites, but instead to postpone the decision until the 2017 meeting. This was despite the highly critical conclusions of Unesco’s own recent State of Conservation report on Venice, and appeals by the lobby group Europa Nostra and other civil society organisations. By by Anna Somers CocksRead more.

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Webinar: World Heritage & Tourism in Changing Climate

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To support tourism sector activities of Morocco at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 22) that will take place between 7th and 18th of November 2016 in Marrakesh, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the governments of France and the Kingdom of Morocco are collaborating as parts of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP STP) to provide a series of stimulating, sector focused climate webinars. These webinars will reflect 10YFP STP ambition to promote tools and solutions among decision makers and private sector for greener and more sustainable tourism.

The present webinar address the issue of the climate change and the tourism activities impacts of the World Heritage Sites. The overriding concern is preserving Outstanding Universal Value – that is, heritage that is exceptional from an artistic, historic or typological standpoint, and which merits preservation for the benefit of mankind.

The report Destinations at risk, World Heritage & Tourism in a Changing Climate provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. The report stresses the importance of sound site management practices. Among other topics, the report addresses:

  • impacts of climate change on iconic tourism destinations
  • how climate change can exacerbate tourism impacts
  • management practices that need to be put in place.

The objectives of the present webinar are to:

  • Present the recommendations of a joint UNESCO/UNEP/Union of Concerned Scientists report Destinations at risk, World Heritage & Tourism in a Changing Climate, published on May 26th, 2016.
  • Highlight some of case studies that demonstrate the need for the tourism industries and stakeholders to mitigate tourism impacts on the World Heritage Sites in these times of Climate Change.

This webinar was developed within the frame of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.

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by Susan Kloulechad, Branding and Communications Representative II, Palau Visitors Authority

Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author(s) and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) or any employee thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

Pristine Paradise. Stop there and imagine what it really means, and how beautiful it might look. Then pamper your eyes on speckles of emerald green mushrooms floating on a seemingly infinite cobalt sea. Then say “Palau” out loud, and see just how many people know that this island country exists. Better yet, say “Pristine Paradise. Palau”, and wonder what makes it so special. I’ll tell you the secret – it’s the people and their culture.

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The International Conference on Community Development through Tourism, held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 16-17 September 2014, organized by the Royal Government of Cambodia, in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

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16-17 September, 2014, Sofitel Phokeethra, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Session 1: Opening and Keynote Addresses


Ms. Anne Lemaistre, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative in Cambodia, UNESCO
“The Role of UNESCO in Promoting Poverty Alleviation through Community-Based Tourism Development – Managing Tourism & Heritage at Angkor”

Mr. Xu Jing, Executive Secretary of the General Assembly and Executive Council Regional Director for Asian and the Pacific, UNWTO
“UNWTO Perspectives on Tourism Trends and Outlook”

Mr. Martin Craigs, CEO, PATA
“The Role of PATA in Promoting Tourism and Poverty Alleviation”

H.E Dr. THONG Khon, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
“The Role of the Government in Promoting Poverty Alleviation through Tourism”

 

Session 2: Involving Communities in Water-Based Tourism
Moderated by Professor David Shum, Dean (Research), Griffith Health Executive, Griffith University


Dr. Harsh Varma, Director for Technical Cooperation and Services, UNWTO
“The Tripartite Cooperation ‘Mekong Discovery Trail Projects’ (STEP-funded project), a Pro-Poor, Sustainable Community-Based development in Northeastern Cambodia”

Dr. Gayle Mayes, Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure & Event Management and Member of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
“Assisting Melong River Communities and Raising Awareness of the Need to Protect the threatened Mekong River Dolphin through Sustainable Sport and Event Tourism – the Proposed Mekong River Descent and Ultra-Marathon Cane Race”

Ms. Amy McLoughlin, Responsible Tourism Awards Manager & Associate Specialist, Wild Asia
“The Role of Communities in Marine Based Tourism”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 3: Community-Based Tourism Best Practice
Moderated by Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast


Mr. Robert Basiuk, Environmental Consultant, Chemsain
“CBT in Malaysia and Beyond”

Mr. Randy Durband, CEO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
“Limits and challenges for Community-Based Tourism”

Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, Senior Advisor, Myanmar Tourism Federation
“Policy, Tourism and Community Development”

Professor RW (Bill) Carter, Professor for Heritage Resource Management and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
“ASEAN Community-Based Tourism standards”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 4: Community Development, Tourism and Heritage conservation
Moderated by Professor RW (Bill) Carter, Professor for Heritage Resource Management and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast


Mr. Philippe Delanghe, Culture Specialist, UNESCO Cambodia
“Tourism, Tangible Heritage and Community development”

Dr. Mihee Kang, Research Professor of Research Institute for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University
“Ecotourism for Nature Conservation and Community Development”

H.E Mr. PRAK Sovannara, Director-General at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Kingdom of Cambodia
“Historical and Cultural Heritage Conservation”

Mr. Ben Bowler, Founder, Monk for a Month
“Tourism, Religious and Cultural heritage and Community Development”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 5: Community development, Tourism and the Education sector
Moderated by Dr. Anne Roiko, Associate Professor in Environmental Health, Griffith University


Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of the Sunshine Coast
“The Role of the Education Sector in Sustainable Tourism and Community-Based Tourism”

Mr Claude Colombie, Director, Sala Bai Hotel School
“Tourism Education: The Case of Cambodia”

Ms. Potjana Suansri, Director, Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I)
“Industry Needs of Education to Support Community Based Development”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 6: Community development, Tourism and Community health
Moderated by Mr. Robert Basiuk, Environmental Consultant, Chemsain


Dr. Anne Roiko, Associate Professor in Environmental Health, Griffith University
“Community Health Underpinning Community Development through Tourism”

Mrs. Rika Jean-Francois, Corporate Social Responsibility Commissioner, ITB Messe-Berlin
“Human Rights in Tourism”

Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University
“Climate Change and its Implications for Tourism and Community Development”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 7: Community development, Tourism and the Primary production
Moderated by Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University


Mr. Pandurang Taware, President & Managing Director, Agri Tourism Development
“Agriculture, Agri-Tourism and Community development”

Mr. Kevin Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions
“Economic Impacts of New Tourism Developments”

Mr. HENG Sovannara, Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Kingdom of Cambodia
“Overview of Fisheries Sector in Cambodia and Ongoing Collaborative Activities and Achievement Between FIA and CI”

Panel discussion and contributions to the Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

 

Session 8: Plenary
Moderated by Mr. Kevin Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions


Mr. Nick Ray, Author, Lonely Planet
“Community Based Tourism – Connecting with the consumer”

Mr. THOK Sokhom, Director of International Cooperation and ASEAN, Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
“Royal government’s policy for pro-poor, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible Community-Based Tourism toward the Cambodia’s lead coordinating role in developing ASEAN CBT Standards”

Professor RW (Bill) Carter, Professor for Heritage Resource Management and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
“Attracting development partners or donor countries to concentrate and support tourism development projects”

Discussion on Phnom Penh Declaration on Community Development through Tourism

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