supports the Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 (Oslo, Norway,
14-16 May 2007
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has
joined the Global Ecotourism Conference as one of its key
supporters. The conference, to be held in Oslo, Norway, from
14-16 May 2007, will discuss ways in which ecotourism can
contribute to making travel and tourism a viable sector of
a global sustainable economy.
Ecotourism is the fastest growing sector of the tourism
industry, with the potential of making tourism a positive
force for protecting cultural and natural heritage worldwi
de . The tourism industry employs 200 million people, generates
$3.6 trillion in economic activity and accounts for 1 in every
12 (8%) jobs worldwide.
Co-organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES),
Ecotourism Norway , and the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP), the Global
Ecotourism Conference 2007 (GEC07) is the first major
international conference on ecotourism since the United Nations'
International Year of Ecotourism in 2002. Bringing together
leading ecotourism professionals from around the world, the
conference will assess a range of critical issues and trends
within the field of ecotourism, and discuss practical strategies
in addressing challenges facing the ecotourism community.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and a number of leading
environmental organizations, as well as key UN agencies, have
joined as partners and supporters for the conference. The
Union 's contributions are both organizational and programmatic.
As an official Conference Partner, IUCN
has helped organize the following workshops:
• Ecotourism and Protected Areas (Monday, May 14)
• Addressing Poverty and Sustainable Development through Ecotourism
(Tuesday, May 15)
In addition to organizing the above workshops, IUCN will be
part of the committee to draft and endorse the “Oslo Declaration
on Ecotourism”, which will be produced as one of the outcomes
of the conference. Built upon earlier de clarations such as
the Quebec , Cairns and Bar Harbor Declarations, among others,
the Oslo Statement will play a significant role in spelling
out the commitment of the ecotourism community to continuously
striving to improve its practices.
members from around the world are invited to participate in
the conference and become part of the growing global movement
Please visit the Global Ecotourism Conference 07 website ,
or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org