Call for Papers: wildlife tourism conference 2021

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We are now calling for papers (oral or poster) to be presented at the wildlife tourism conference in Brisbane 27 June to Thursday 1st July 2021

We’ve spent a lot of time over the years discussing both positive and negative effects of wildlife tourism on wildlife and people. This year we will concentrate on how to ensure a positive impact. Who is already doing it and how? How do we know if effects are positive?

Positive effects can include

  • actual conservation projects (conservation breeding and rehabilitation, habitat restoration etc.)
  • conservation-related citizen science research by tourists or operators
  • quality interpretation which is enlightening and memorable, either increasing appreciation and the desire to conserve species and their habitats, or practical tips on how to assist (or both)
  • combating illegal wildlife trafficking
  • financial contributions to conservation or research projects

Covid-19 foiled our plans to hold a conference this year, although we dd hold three successful webinars, and of course it has affected tourism everywhere, and also wildlife.

We will thus also be discussing:

  • how businesses that till now have depended on international visitors can now survive (e.g. how to change focus to attract more domestic guests)
  • how to support conservation efforts that have been dependant on come from tourism
  • as things start to open up again in places where wildlife has benefitted from less crowding, how can we manage tourism activities such that we continue to have low impact on wildlife and their habitats without driving tourism businesses into bankruptcy?

Presentations can include research, reviews, presentation of ideas for the future, case histories from your own experience etc. – just as long as it is deemed to be of interest and useful to others with an interest in the topic. As soon as we receive an abstract it will be revised by the committee and you will know within days whether or not it is accepted, or whether any modifications are suggested.

Please send:

  • title
  • author/s name/s
  • contact details
  • an abstract of up to 300 words
  • whether you prefer an oral or poster paper
  • an indication of which (if any) of the following categories it would best fit under (see Topics)
    • Innovation and diversity in wildlife tourism for economic growth and biodiversity conservation in regional areas
    • Wildlife/human interactions (positive and negative): enhancing the positive and mitigating the negative
    • Wildlife tourism protecting and rehabilitating habitats and species
    • The forgotten wildlife: tourism involving reptiles, frogs, fish, invertebrates and the lesser-known mammals and birds
    • Visitor education for appreciation and understanding of wildlife: making it entertaining, memorable and meaningful
    • Citizen science and conservation volunteering in wildlife tourism
    • Climate change and wildlife tourism
    • Covid-19 lockdown effects on wildlife tourism

Send to Ronda Green (chair), who will pass it on to the committee for review and you will be notified within days of acceptance or any need of editing.

You can however still submit up to 30 May 2020, but it will assist with program planning if you could send your abstract, or at least a working title ASAP..

Registration for the physical conference will soon be open for Queensland residents, who are almost certain to be able to attend. Registrations for virtual attendance via Zoom will also open soon, and these can be upgraded (with additional cost) to physical attendance next ear as we discover what is possible.

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