5th IIPT African Conference: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism in Africa and the D

Venue: Hotel InterContinental Lusaka

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Event Date/Time: May 15, 2011 End Date/Time: May 20, 2011
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In 2007, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) convened the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism. The Conference established a range of specific policies and actions to be taken by all stakeholders in the tourism sector to implement a long-range, carbon-neutral roadmap.

The 5th IIPT African Conference will seek to identify actual “on-the-ground” progress made since the 2007 Conference with case studies of “best practice” from each of the developing regions of the world and from governments, destinations, industry sectors, NGOs, researchers/academics, and the media.

The Conference will bring together leading experts in tourism and climate change; senior executives from the diverse sectors of the industry; Ministers of Tourism and the Environment; senior government officials and representatives of UN agencies, donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); researchers, consultants, practitioners, and leading academics and students; and representatives of related sectors, including environment, culture, and sustainable economic development – to share their knowledge, experience, and research related to climate change response strategies, programs, and actions in African and other developing countries.

Plenary Sessions will include nationally and internationally prominent speakers from different regions of the world and representing a range of perspectives, including tourism, culture, environment, and economic development.

In addition to keynote speakers, the program will include a series of Concurrent Sessions with real-life models, case studies, and success stories of “best practice” in mitigating the impacts of climate change through tourism. Presentations will be made in the following areas:
• Sustainable Strategies and Practices from Diverse Regions
• Perspectives on Sustainable Destinations
• The Human Dimension of Climate Change
• Mitigating the Driving Factors of Climate Change
• Returns on Investment from Conservation Practices
• Strategies for Marketing and Tourism Investment
• Climate Change: Policy and Planning to Practice
• The Central Role of Parks and Wilderness Areas
• Multimedia Approaches to Promote Public Awareness
• Traditional Approaches to Preserving Bio-diversity
• Setting Standards and Business Models for Sustainable Tourism
• Coastal Tourism Strategies and Water Management
• Preserving Bio-diversity for Future Generations
• Forums for Responsible Travel and Tourism

Full-day forums prior to the Conference include:
• TRADITIONAL LEADERS in Africa will be brought together for the first time in a forum being organized with the collaboration of the Zambia Ethno Tourism and Cultural Tourism Alliance (ZECUTA). The key speaker for this forum is His Royal Highness Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka Leya people. Traditional Leaders from
throughout Africa, the developing world, and other countries are invited.
• EDUCATORS will be brought together from Africa and other regions of the world to share their ideas, research, and curricula on the Conference theme and to reach a consensus on educational initiatives for collaboration.
• STUDENT/YOUTH LEADERS will be brought together to share their ideas and vision for the future of sustainable tourism in Africa, and the theme of the Conference, and to propose initiatives to be taken by students and young leaders.

A special feature of the Conference will be a series of ROUNDTABLES, where invited industry leaders, Ministers of Tourism, and senior representatives of UN and donor agencies will have an opportunity to explore areas of collaboration to more effectively achieve the aim of the Conference.

The 5th IIPT African Conference builds on the foundations of six IIPT Global Conferences/Summits, beginning in Vancouver 1988; four previous IIPT African Conferences; an IIPT European Conference; and smaller IIPT Conferences and Symposia in various regions of the world.


Additional Information

IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives, which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, and the resolution of conflict – and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world. IIPT is dedicated to mobilizing travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry,” an industry that promotes and supports the belief that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.”