School of Wildlife Conservation contributes to panel discussions on Protected Area Tourism beyond 2020

Dr Sue Snyman, Research Director for the School of Wildlife Conservation, will be participating in two upcoming panel discussions looking at ways to build greater resilience for protected area tourism going forward.  The first panel will be on the 25th August 2020 at 16h00 (GMT+2) and is titled  “Protected Area Tourism Beyond 2020”  The panelists will explore perspectives on tourism in and around protected areas as we move through crises and reimagine new ways to create more resilient protected area public use programs.” This panel discussion is part of the Colorado State University Centre for Protected Area Management bilingual webinar series.   For more information on the webinar, other panelists and also to register to join please see:


In March the Global Environment Facility (GEF) established a COVID-19 Response Task force for the GEF that includes representatives from like-minded institutions with complementary skills and experience—from science, policy, private and public sectors. It is now serving as a platform to quickly develop and implement the GEF-related actions to deal with the ongoing crisis.  The task force is currently composed of the EcoHealth Alliance, Global Wildlife Conservation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, UNEP, UNDP, with the support of GEF’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel and Archipelago Consulting.  


The Task Force meets every two weeks and the next meeting on 1st September 2020 will be focusing on the impacts of the pandemic on nature tourism with a focus on Africa.   Dr Sue Snyman will be participating in a panel discussion on this call with other experts presenting experiences, ideas and potential solutions for nature-based tourism and local communities in Africa.  The focus of the session will be a recently-funded GEF project to World Wildlife Fund entitled: “Collaborative platform for African nature-based tourism enterprises, conservation areas and local communities – a response to COVID-19  This project aligns with another project that the SOWC is collaborating on with the Luc Hoffman Institute and the WWF Regional Office for Africa titled Beyond Tourism in Africa, a new innovation challenge that seeks to identify, incubate and promote innovative sources of income for rural communities in countries in Africa. 


We are excited to be contributing to these panels and projects that aim to build sustainable, resilient wildlife economies in Africa.  

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