From the Mediterranean to the Pacific: presentation of the MEET project during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii

The IUCN ("International Union for Conservation of Nature”) World Conservation Congress, to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in September, is the world’s largest event on global environmental issues. The MEET project ("Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism") will be presented during a session dedicated to regional sustainable tourism initiatives.

Thousands of leaders and decision-makers from governments, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations will gather in Hawaii from 1 to 10 September to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

The positive impacts of tourism on the ‎conservation‬ of natural assets, as well as on the development of vibrant‪ communities‬ and ‪‎sustainable‬ ‪‎destinations‬ will be the main focus of the Knowledge Café session, September 3 from 8:30 am-10:30 am, entitled "Regional Sustainable Tourism Initiatives as Conservation Change Agents". The session, jointly organized by IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the International Institute of Tourism Studies at The George Washington University School of Business, is designed to share expert insights about the progress made in different regions of the world to leverage the potential of tourism while limiting its environmental footprint.

The MEET project will be among the good practice examples of sustainable tourism to be showcased during the event, along with other regional initiatives which work towards to the enhancement of natural resources and protection of heritage. In particular, MEET seeks to bring tourists to nature while preserving the environment. Overall, the project has supported 25 protected areas to improve their ecotourism offer and allowed to set up an ecotourism common development model for the Mediterranean region.

As an outcome of the session, a paper containing joint recommendations will be prepared and linked to the 2017 UN Year of Sustainable Tourism.

IUCN World Conservation Congress
Session "Regional Sustainable Tourism Initiatives as Conservation Change Agents"
MEET project
International Institute of Tourism Studies at The George Washington University School of Business