Past events relevant to wildlife tourism
EVENTS ORGANIZED BY WILDLIFE TOURISM AUSTRALIA
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Wildlife Tourism: a Force for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Economies?
The structure for each day of this important conference, which included keynote speakers from USA, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, was presentations in the mornings and round table discussions in the afternoons, on topics relating to the questions implied by the title for the conference. We heard many great examples of how wildlife tourism can indeed be such a force, some of the problems to avoid, and gaps in our knowledge that further research is required for, Many of the presentations will be published in a special wildlife tourism issue of the Journal of Ecotourism next year. Downloadable versions of presentations will also later be available on this website, but we are awaiting publication in JOE and other journals first so as not to interfere with their editors’ requirements.
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Wildlife Tourism Workshop,
Clarence Valley, NSW, 24th October 2015
A one-day workshop was held in Grafton to discuss the potential for wildlife tourism in the Clarence Valley and how to plan for it, with major themes being good interpretation (including Indigenous), conserving biodiversity and the potential benefit of wildlife tourism to local communities.
For details, please visit http://www.wildlifetourism.org.au/blog/events/wildlife-tourism-workshop-clarence-october-2015/
Innovation and diversity of experience in Sustainable Wildlife Tourism
Workshop run by Wildlife Tourism Australia, November 2014, in Perth, in cooperation with Murdoch University For report on discussions, and the many insights and ideas arising from them, see Report on workshop
Wildlife tourism and conservation of biodiversity in parks
Workshop run jointly by Wildlife Tourism Australia and Office of Heritage and Environment NSW, November 2014, Sydney (an official parallel event for the IUCN World Park sCongress) This was an informal workshop to discuss wildlife-related aspects of tourism in protected areas, in preparation for the World Parks Congress. Topics discussed included minimal-impact wildlife viewing using both new and old technology, tour operators assisting with research or conservation monitoring, and research that is needed on tourism effects on wildlife and their habitats or on visitor behaviour and attitudes. Report on workshop
Snake as sister, spectacle or scientific object: connecting the dots for wildlife tourism
Using Wildlife for Tourism:Opportunities, Threats, Responsibilities
Wildlife Tourism Australia’s 3rd national workshop Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, May 2012 Economics of wildlife tourism, providing world-class interpretation, contributions of wildlife tourism to conservation, minimising negative impacts
- Report on Discussions WTA Workshop Perth 2014
- Report on National Workshop 2012
- Report on WTA Workshop Sydney 2014
- Wildlife Tourism Conference 2015
- Wildlife Tourism Conference, Geelong 2015
- Wildlife Tourism Workshop, Clarence, October 2015
- 2008 Beaudesert Workshop Series
- 2007 Wildlife of the Scenic Rim
- 2006 The 2nd Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference
- 2005 WTA Second Annual Workshop
- 2003 Wildlife Tourism Australia Inaugural Workshop
- 2001 Sustainable Wildlife Tourism Convention
Some other events in recent years:
Best EN Tourism Think Tank, South Africa 1721 June 2015
Sawubona and welcome to Think Tank XV with the theme “The Environment – People Nexus in Sustainable Tourism: Finding the Balance”, Hosted by the University of Pretoria in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, June 17-21 2015!
(BEST EN = Building Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Education Network) (WTA Chair Ronda Green attended on behalf of WTA and presented a paper on preserving biodiversity as tourism expands)
(WTA treasurer and WTA chair Drs Peter Wood and Ronda Green prepared a poster presentation on WTA’s research network, and Ronda attended the conference on behalf of WTA)
International Coral Reef Symposium
Cairns, Australia July 2012. http://www.icrs2012.com/Default.htm
- Wilderness Survival Course- Basic: 28 to 29 July 2012
- Outdoor Navigation Course: 28 to 29 July 2012
The 8th National Rehabilitation Conference,
Townsville, Nth Queensland, July 16-20, 2012
Emerging Tourism Opportunities – People, Partnerships and Programs in the Kimberley
Camera Trapping in Wildlife Management & Research Colloquium
September 2012, Sydney Visit http://www.onqconferences.com.au/events/ctc/home.php ——————————————————————————————————————
Binna Burra Bird Week with Barry Davies
October 2012 (Barry, of Gondwana Guides, is a member, and former committee member, of WTA) http://www.binnaburralodge.com.au/Binna-Burra/News-Events/News/Annual-Binna-Burra-Bird-Break-with-Barry-Davies ——————————————————————————————————————
Cairns 15-17 October 2012 Ecotourism Australia (attended by Ronda Green and Peter Wood, chair and secretary of Wildlife Tourism Australia, and Ronda presented a paper on wildlife tourism) See: http://www.globaleco.com.au/ ——————————————————————————————————————–
Training with Savannah Guides
1-4 November 2012 Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory The Savannah Guides School was held on the theme of “Working Together – Savannah Guides Partnerships” with a heavy involvement by NT Parks and Wildlife Service and Tourism NT, and association also with the Indigenous Business Partners and communities and organisations of the Katherine region. http://sgltd.com.au/guide-schools/
Using Wildlife for Tourism:Opportunities, Threats, Responsibilities
Wildlife Tourism Australia’s 3rd national workshop Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, May 2012 Visit: http://wildlifetourism.org.au/blog/events/using-wildlife-for-tourism-national-workshop-2012/ Economics of wildlife tourism, providing world-class interpretation, contributions of wildlife tourism to conservation, minimising negative impacts
Wildlife Tourism Australia had a display at the Scenic Rim’s third Wildlife Expo in Beaudesert (southeast Queensland) Sunday 7th August 2011 Animals, People – a Shared Environment, Conference in Brisbane
The 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference
Brisbane 10- – 13th July 2011. The theme, Animals, People – a Shared Environment, includes wildlife tourism as one of the topics and Ronda Green (chair WTA spoke of her experiences in wildlife tourism and human-wildlife interaction).