BirdLife International workshop charts regional ecotourism roadmap

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AQABA — A three-day workshop, spearheaded by the joint Jordanian and Egyptian ecological communities alongside BirdLife International, on developing a regional ecotourism strategy took place in Aqaba, Jordan from 9th to 11th August 2023. The core objective of the workshop was to advance sustainable tourism practices, amplify the significance of natural resource conservation, and cultivate synergies among tourism industry stakeholders.اضافة اعلان

Such engagements are key to fostering a robust ecotourism sector throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Through multilateral collaboration, the region could potentially emerge as a global leader in ecotourism, aligning with increasing consumer demand and setting the foundation for sustainable economic growth.

Sessions throughout the workshop encapsulated a broad spectrum of ecotourism facets, ranging from sustainable development strategies, heritage site conservation, to community involvement and the economic prospects of eco-tourism.

A critical discussion point revolved around building capacity for local communities and tourism operatives in ecotourism management. Participants accentuated the importance of sustainable tourism training, biodiversity conservation, and community involvement as pillars for eco-tourism success.

The conversation also highlighted the necessity for stringent regulations to ensure the enduring sustainability of ecotourism activities.

Multi-faceted partnerships
Governor Khaled Mohammed of South Sinai Governorate conveyed, "Our aspiration through this initiative is to inspire stakeholders to adopt sustainable methodologies in tourism, positioning eco-tourism as a linchpin for our region's economic prosperity."

Randa Aboul-Hosn, UNDP’s resident representative in Jordan, expressed, "The Aqaba meeting epitomizes the combined dedication of Jordan and Egypt towards intensified regional ecosystem protection efforts, particularly in the Gulf of Aqaba. The global interest in the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea underscores its global significance, urging us to extend collective efforts in safeguarding it."

Highlighting the essence of multi-faceted partnerships, the workshop underscored the need for holistic collaborations among governments, NGOs, communities, and private sector players to sculpt and actualize sustainable ecotourism blueprints.

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