Conferences/Workshops/Capacity Building

Below is a list of various conferences and workshops I have presented at:

2021:     Unlocking Kenya’s Wildlife Economy: Co-facilitated six different Kenyan stakeholder dialogues with UNEP Wildlife Division

2021:     Wildlife in the economy in Uganda: Co-facilitated a stakeholder engagement session with WWF

2021:     Global Wildlife Program, in partnership with the World Bank, ALU and WWF webinar on Conservation livelihoods: looking beyond tourism: Keynote speaker: Presented on the ALU State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa.

2020: Panelist discussing “Protected Area Tourism Beyond 2020” – exploring perspectives on tourism in and around protected areas as we move through crises and reimagine new ways to create more resilient protected area public use programs” as part of the Colorado State University Centre for Protected Area Management bilingual webinar series

2020:     Impacts of COVID on conservation: Facilitated a panel discussion for AndBeyond ecotourism company discussing challenges and opportunities for conservation post-COVID

2020: Presented on wildlife tourism on a panel titled Charting the Way Forward for Wildlife Management in Southern and Eastern Africa – Post Covid19’

2020: Four webinar presentation sessions with the ALU Conservation MBA students, focused on different aspects of wildlife tourism

2019: Global Wildlife Program Annual Conference, Pretoria, South Africa :Investing in the Wildlife Economy for Livelihoods and Conservation

Presented on a panel on ‘Creating value from the wildlife economy” – see an article on the conference here and the full presentation given here.

2019: Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool (IMET) training with Kenya Wildlife Service, Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park and Reserve.

Supported the EU Joint Research Centre training team.

2020:     Panelist: Presented on wildlife tourism on a panel titled Charting the Way Forward for Wildlife Management in Southern and Eastern Africa – Post Covid19’

2019: Africa Tourism Leadership Forum, Durban, South Africa

Invited panelist discussing the importance of wildlife conservation for tourism in Africa.

2018: World Bank Global Wildlife Programme annual conference, October, Livingstone, Zambia

Invited session facilitator/moderator for a session titled: Community Voices looking at proactive engagement of communities in conservation efforts

2018: World Bank Tourism Conference, Maputo, Mozambique.

Invited panel presenter and discussant on a panel entitled ‘Creating a business environment through tourism concessions’. Presented on ‘Key issues related to promoting the sustainability of tourism concessions.

2019:     Africa Tourism Leadership Forum, Durban, South Africa: invited panelist discussing the importance of wildlife conservation for tourism in Africa.

2018: IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group: webinar presenter.

Presented, with Dr Anna Spenceley and Prof. Paul Eagles on Guidance for Tourism Partnerships and Concessions in Protected Areas.

2018: World Bank Global Wildlife Programme: invited webinar presenter.

Presented on “Promoting the sustainability of tourism concessions.”

2018: School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg: guest lecturer.

Gave two lecturers based on wildlife tourism, sustainability, community engagement and reporting.

2017: International Symposium and Annual Conference for the 10YFP: Empowering tourism destinations’ sustainability through innovation. 7th-9th December, Kasane, Botswana.

Co-facilitated a panel: Financing innovation in tourism: promoting conservation, competitiveness, sustainability and inclusion.

2017: World Travel Market Africa, Cape Town, 20th April.

Presentation and panel discussion on ‘Measuring the Quadruple Bottom Line”.

2017: Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Online course on Sustainable Tourism, 20th November.

Invited to present on Week 4: Conservation and Community. Presented on: Measuring the Quadruple Bottom Line: focusing specifically on the inclusion of biodiversity conservation and community development into the tourism model.

2017: UNWTO International Conference on Promoting Sustainable Tourism, a tool for inclusive growth and community engagement in Africa, Lusaka, Zambia, 17th November.

An official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017.
Keynote presentation for a panel on Wildlife Conservation and Community Engagement.

2017: Sustainable Human Resource Management (HRM) in Tourism in Africa, University of Johannesburg, 28th September.

Presented on African tourism employees – expenditure patterns and comparisons with other community members.

2017: UNWTO Technical Workshop on Sustainable Tourism for Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa, Lusaka, Zambia, 16th November.

Invited participant and presented on: Measuring the quadruple bottom line.

2017: Long Run Initiative Annual Members Meeting, 22-26th September, Cape Town.

Stakeholder engagement with private sector operators from around the world, including from Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, Kenya, Indonesia, Phillipines, and South Africa. Presented on: The impact of sustainability reporting on profitability and brand value.

2017: Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas: cooperating for success: A project spearheaded by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The project is being worked on by tourism concession experts from the IUCN TAPAS Group: Dr Anna Spenceley, Prof. Paul Eagles and Dr Susan Snyman. Together we have developed a CBD new market-led publication on tourism concessions, and provided capacity building and skills development opportunities for protected area managers across southern Africa, at a series of training and networking events. This project is being supported by the German Ministry of Environment (BMUB) and as a pilot projects under the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) financed by the Government of the Republic of Korea. Co-facilitated a four-day workshop in iSimangaliso (29th May-1st June 2017) and facilitated a workshop in Windhoek, Namibia (20th-21st June 2017).

2017: Represented Wilderness Safaris at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Colombia in a Forum on Peace Tourism: Culture, Conservation and Social Development.

Invited and hosted by ProColombia, a government department responsible for tourism, the visit included an ecotourism experience to advise them on responsible tourism as well as meetings with various government officials, including the National Parks Director, Head of Biodiversity

2016: 3rd Annual Southern Africa Women in Tourism Conference, 28th-30th November, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Panel discussant and presented on Empowering Women through Adult Eco-Clubs in a session on Sustainable Tourism Development Value Chain Linkages: Opportunities for women in both rural and urban.

2016:          1st Annual Southern Africa Sustainable Tourism Development Forum Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Facilitated a session on Transfrontier Conservation Area Development in Southern Africa and presented on ‘How to measure the impact of Community-Based Tourism on the community’

2016:      African Conference on Sustainable Tourism (ACoST), Nairobi, Kenya, November 2016.  Invited keynote presenter. Presented on: Trends and innovation in green tourism: measuring the quadruple bottom line.

2016:      Harvard Extension School course on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Guest lecturer on Measuring Wilderness’ Quadruple Bottom Line, October 2016.

2016:      Responsible Tourism Dialogue, Sustainability Week, CSIR International Convention Centre.  Invited to present on Inclusive Tourism: making a sustainable difference.

2016: 1st Annual Southern Africa Sustainable Tourism Development Forum Conference, 16th-18th November, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Facilitated a session on Transfrontier Conservation Area Development in Southern Africa and presented on ‘How to measure the impact of Community-Based Tourism on the community’

2016:            Southern Africa Business Forum Group Launch meeting, Johannesburg, 13th April.  Invited as lead discussant in the movement of skills and services working group.  Presented on Supporting transbounday conservation and tourism:  Tour de Tuli.

2016:        UNWTO Awards Forum and Ceremony, Madrid, Spain, 16th & 18th January.  Presented on Children in the Wilderness (CITW) at the UNWTO Awards Forum and represented CITW at the Awards Ceremony: second runner up for Innovation in NGOs.

2016:             IUCN Panorama webinars on sustainable tourism in protected areas.

Session 1: 31 March 2016 : Video of Webinar 1: click here

Session 2: 7th April 2016: Video of Webinar 2: click here

  1. “Making protected area concessions work for communities”
    Sue Snyman, Namibia
  2. “Profiting from eco-tourism in Cambodia”
    Ross Sinclair, Cambodia

All presentations are available here

2015:          Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on the draft Operational Guidelines for Community Based Tourism Initiatives, National Department of Tourism, Pretoria, 27th October 2015. Invited participant.

2015:         9th ATLAS Africa Conference on Tourism and Inclusive Growth in Developing Economies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 3rd-5th June.

Invited to give a keynote presentation.  Presented on Inclusive Tourism: Making a sustainable difference.  Also gave another presentation on: Household income determinants for rural households living adjacent to or in conservation areas in southern Africa: Comparison of ecotourism staff and non-staff.

2015:         Conservation Land Trust Workshops, Argentina, 15th – 26th May. Invited to participate in various interactive workshops with stakeholders from government, NGOs, academia and the private sector.

Presented on: Socio-economic and environmental impacts of tourism, engaging stakeholders, building capacity, including examples from Africa.

2015:         Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa 4th Annual Conference, Durban, South Africa, 7th May.  Bridging the gap between tourism and conservation – southern African challenges and opportunities.

Invited participant and moderator for a session on professional knowledge and capacity

2014:         Ngamiland Environmental Education Stakeholder Workshop, Maun, Botswana, 13th February

Theme: ‘Partnership for environmental education sustainability-an action towards greening the future generation.

Presented on: Children in the Wilderness.

2014:         IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, Sydney, Australia, 12th -19th November

Represented Wilderness Safaris and the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist (TAPAS) Group.  Member of the organising committee for the TAPAS Group: assisted in the compilation of a ‘tourism journey’, highlighting all tourism-related events at the Congress.

Gave the following presentations:

  1. The integration of culture and indigenous knowledge into tourism in protected areas
  2. Making the protected area concession work for communities (UNDP panel) – view a video of the presentation here
  3. Supporting transboundary tourism and conservation: the Tour de Tuli- view the presentation here. 
  4. Private sector contributions to conservation in protected areas view the presentation here. 
  5. IUCN WCPA TAPAS Community Working Group – view the presentation here.

Compiled and presented the following e-Posters:

  1. Making protected area concessions work for communities
  2. Using tourism to achieve conservation goals (with Ralf Buckley)
  3. Financing protected areas through tourism (with Anna Spenceley and Andrew Rylance)
  4. Different governance systems and the lessons learned (with Jim Barborak and Steve Collins)
  5. Socio-economic impacts of tourism on local communities living in and around protected areas

2014:         CBNRM Trainer of Trainers Workshop on non-consumptive use of natural resources, Maun Lodge, 6th-7thOctober

Workshop facilitator and presented on:

  1. Understanding the potential of photographic tourism to contribute to CBNRM
  2. Wilderness Safaris’ experiences: The contribution non-consumptive tourism can and does make to CBNRM
  3. Best practice for engaging with communities and the main roles of tourism stakeholders

2014:         Technical Workshop on concessioning and investment in Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs), Garden Court OR Tambo Hotel, 2-3rd September 2014

Invited to participate in reviewing the Tourism Concession Guidelines for TFCAs in SADC as well as to participate in a panel discussion on Transboundary event products, promotion and challenges.

Presented on: Supporting transboundary tourism and conservation: the Tour de Tuli.

2014:         Improving Protected Area Governance for Livelihood Security and Biodiversity in Southern Africa, May 21st-22nd 2014, Hilton Hotel Windhoek, Namibia

Invited to attend high level dialogue.  The dialogue bought together Heads of Protected Area agencies from the SADC region, key development partners and selected technical experts to have roundtable discussions, informed by case studies and lessons learned from the region and beyond, resulting in priority recommendations for action incorporated into a Statement to the 6th Work Parks Congress.

2014:         Insaka Research Symposium, Cape Town Hollow Hotel, Cape Town, 14-16th April

Presented on: Benefit- sharing: An analysis of two different community-private sector partnerships in South Africa.

2014:         Botswana Wildlife Research Symposium, Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, Maun, Botswana, 4-6 February

Presented on: The impact of private sector ecotourism on local socio-economic development in Botswana.

2013:         Environment for Development (EfD) Annual conference, Monkey Valley, Cape Town, 24th to the 27th September

Presented on:  Analysis of rural household incomes in communities living in or adjacent to protected areas in six southern African countries.

2013:         The International Ecotourism Society’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, 24th-27th September, Nairobi, Kenya. 

Presented on: The role of ecotourism employment in poverty reduction and local socio-economic development in six southern African countries.

2013:         Botswana National CBNRM Forum Meeting: 28th June, Gaberone, Botswana.

Attendee representing Wilderness Safaris and independently reviewed  and edited CBNRM Status Report for 2011-2012.

2013:         ATLAS Africa Conference: African Tourism in Global Society: Central or Peripheral3rd to 5th June 2013, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda.

Presented on: The impact of ecotourism employment on rural household income and social welfare in six southern African countries.

2012:         Regional Park Pricing Workshop, 19th-23rd September, Hazyview, South Africa

Interactive workshop on park pricing and financing protected areas.  Delegates from Kenya Wildlife Services, TANAPA, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, SANParks, and academics from the US, SA, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Presented on: Financing Protected Areas in southern Africa.

2012:         Summit on Sustainability in Africa, Gaberone, Botswana, 24th-25th May: Delegate

2012:         IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group International Workshop on Tourism Concessions in Southern Africa: Tourism concession opportunities in conservation areas and maximizing rural development, Maputo, Mozambique, 19-22 March 2012.

Presented on:

  • Financing for the private sector in tourism concessions in southern Africa
  • Concessions and sustainability in southern Africa: Wilderness Safaris

2011:         Rio Conventions Pavillion at the UNFCCC COP 17 Protected Areas Day, Rio Conventions Pavilion, South African Climate Change Response Expo, Durban, 8th December

Presented on: The role of the private sector in terms of capacity building and marketing of Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) through the Children in the Wilderness Tour de Tuli mountain bike race,

2011:         International Labour Organisation (ILO) training module on Business Sustainability and Community Engagement: 21st September:

Participated in an interactive workshop as part of the review of the ILO Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme Module 3

2011:         Healthy Women, Healthy Economies: Companies Investing in Women, Communities and the Future, Radison Blu, Sandton, 8th March.  Participative forum meeting of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

2011:         AHEAD-GLTFCA Annual Meeting, Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, 2nd-4th March.

Presented on: High-end ecotourism as a sustainable land use in rural Africa, with a particular focus on the Makuleke contractual region of the Kruger National Park and Pafuri Camp

2011:         SANParks Tourism Research Workshop, Skukuza, 2nd-3rd February.  Invited to participate in a workshop to develop a tourism research agenda for SANParks.

2010:         International Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism, Mbombela, 15-18th November

Presented on:

  • High-end ecotourism as a sustainable land use option in rural Africa:
  • The role of employment in poverty reduction and social welfare;
  • High-end ecotourism’s role in local socio-economic development: case studies from Zimbabwe and Malawi

2010:         South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Ecosystems Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Workshop, Mopane Camp, Kruger National Park, 16th-20th August 2010

Participated as invited economist and community researcher to draft a proposal for ESPA funding, as well as continued consultation for the period of the proposal drafting.

2009:         International CBNRM workshop: Transforming community-based natural resource management education in southern Africa, Pretoria, July, 19-24.  Delegate.

2008:         African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) conference on Natural Resource Management and Climate Change in sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi, September

Presented on: Policy options to provide incentives to landowners to restore land for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and to promote sustainable development, with particular reference to the Subtropical Thicket restoration project, Eastern Cape, South Africa

2008:         Environment for Development (EfD) Programme, Environmental Economics Unit, Göteborg University, Sweden

  • Wildlife conference in Cape Town, South Africa, April 2007

Presented on: The Role of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park in the regional economy, relating specifically to the surrounding communities

  • Annual EfD conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Nov 2007.

Co-organiser of conference and presented on: The Impact of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park on the Regional Economy

2008:         South African National Parks (SANParks), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and University of Cape Town (UCT) collaboration workshop: Use of economic incentives in bioregions, Kirstenbosch Gardens, South Africa, 22-23 October: Delegate.

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