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United Nations Association of New Zealand

International Year of
Ecotourism and Mountains

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Ecotourism and Mountains



The United Nations has declared 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism. The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and the United nations Environment Program (UNEP) have taken the lead in organizing activities for this Year at the international level. The UN declaration is a testimony of the growing importance of ecotrousim, not only as a sector with a great potential for economic development with UNEP principles for Implementation of Sustainable Tourism.- especially in remote areas where few other possibilities exist - but also as a powerful tool for conservation of the natural environment if it is properly planned, developed and managed.

Efforts to better understand the implications of ecotrousim, as well as to improve its planing, management and marketing techniques have been conducted in many parts of the world by international oranizations, government agencies, ecotourism companies and practitioners, NGO's and research people. However, there has not been so far a truly comprehensive effort to disseminate widely the results achieved, or to integrate such results so as to produce the necessary synergy's that will ensure that ecotourism will indeed generate the economic, social and environments benefits expected from it.

Among the many activities to be undertaken at the global, regional, national and local levels in the framework of the International Year of Ecotourism throughout the world, this Summit aims to be the major landmark. It's global objective and spirit are in line with the philosophy of the United Nations in the field of sustainable development and more particularly


Conference Detailed Objectives
  1. To open a wide review on the potential contribution of ecotrousim to sustainable development;
  2. To exchange information on good practice techniques and lessons learned in the sustainable planning, development, management and marketing of ecotourism;
  3. To advance in the knowledge of the social, economic and environmental impacts of ecotourism;
  4. To assess the effectiveness of regulatory mechanisms and voluntary schemes for monitoring and controlling the impacts of ecotourism;
  5. To review experiences and lessons learned on the participation of local communities and Indigenous People in ecotourism projects and businesses;
  6. To strengthen the capacity of government, the private sector and NGO's to effectively use ecotourism as a tool for sustainable development and the conservation of natural and cultural resources;
  7. To find ways to encourage a more responsible behavior by all those acting in the field of ecotourism, including public sector officials, private business people and their employees, and the tourists themselves;
  8. To define new areas for international and inter-stakeholder collaboration with a view to contribute to the sustainable development and management of ecotourism throughout the world.


What is ecotourism?
What are the mountains?
Contact: UNANZ, United Nations Association of New Zealand
Peter Honeybun, President, Northern Region Branch.+64- 09-827-8830