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German Alumni Summer School on biodiversity and tourism

Biodiversity Management and Tourism Development

Ronda Green, 13th December 2010

I’ve just returned from the 2010 German Alumni Summer School , on Biodiversity Management and Tourism Development held over 8 days in Lombok, Indonesia.

It was a great experience, organized by Dr. Jolanta Slowik of the renowned  Göttingen Universty of Germany. Delegates came from various parts of Indonesia, as well as Philippines, Thailand, India, Cambodia, Vietnam,  Costa Rica, Ecuador, USA (TIES chair Dr Kelly Bircker), Australia *myself) and of course Germany.

Talks and workshops occupied several days, and we also visited a traditional Sasak village on the slopes of Mt Rinjani (the second largest active volcano in Indonesia – sleeping peacefully at the moment) and heard how the local people vaue the Natinal Park as an employer of local guides, and a few of us dived in coral watching hawksbill turtles, trumpet fish and much more. I was also taken by a friend of one of the delegates to a foundation created to help local orphans get a decent education, funded by swimming pool, restaurant and live theatre – a great project I hope we’ll hear more of soon, as well as a new project the same person is planning, involving ecotourism and cultural tourism. A surprise at the hotel in Mataram (which was beautiful but could just as well ahve been in Miami, Fiji or anywhere else tropical) was looking out the window and seeing dragon lizards gliding from palm tree to palm tree!

I was delighted to be an invited speaker at this summer school – Dr Slowik had come on one of my wildlife tours run as a 3-day field trip after the International Ecology (Intecol) conference last year, and asked if I would be interested (I think it took less than half a second to decide yes, very much so). My talks were ” A half-century of ecotourism in Australia, with particular reference to wildlife tourism” and “Biodiversity protection through community ecotourism”  –  the first was of my choosing (within the limits of presenting the Australian experience), the second on request. I also led a workshop (again, on request) on “Tourism development and tropical rainforest,” involving identification of impacts and problems of tourism development and possible solutions, initiative for sustainabe tourism development and conservation of biodiversity, integrating biodiversity management and sustainable tourism development, and implementation strategies to travel agencies, tourist industry, education and policy makers. I greatly enjoyed the interaction during this workshop, and heard many interesting stories then and throughout the week.

All in all a great experience, many interesting and charming people,  and lots to think about.


Wildlife Tourism Australia AGM 2010

WTA’s AGM will be held at 12.30 Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday 24th November

Nominations are now being accepted for all positions (chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer and up to three non-executive committee) – please send nominations to WTA vice-chair Ronda Green,with a short bio detailing your interest in wildlife tourism in Australia and vision for the future.

The AGM will be conducted primarily by Skype, as our members are scattered through Australia , but any members who will be in southeast Queensland at the time are cordially invited to join Ronda Green at the Araucaria property, 1770 Running Creek Road  Rathdowney, Qld for this event.

If you wish to attend but cannot be physically present and  are not set up for Skype, you can either get set up for Skype (for those who don’t know it, it is very useful, and can save a lot of money on long-distance phone-calls), send in proxies (once our nominations are in) or join us on the day by email.


Wildlife Tourism Australia AGM November 2010

Wildlife Tourism Australia will be holding its AGM in the third week of November 2010

The location and exact date will be announced soon, but wherever you are you can attend via skype or with a proxy

Now is the time to think whether you would like to nominate someone (yourself included) for a role on our committee. The official call for nominations will be coming soon.