IUCN’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group

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10YFP STP Portfolio: Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas – Guidelines, training and cooperation by IUCN’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been addressing the closely linked areas of biodiversity and tourism development since 2004. A report presented to the Conference of the Parties by the CBD Secretariat at its 11th meeting in 2012 concluded that the tourism sector is the largest global market-based contributor to financing protected area systems in many countries, through entrance and other user fees, partnerships and concessions. However, many Parties to the Convention underutilize tourism as a means to contribute towards the financial sustainability of protected areas.

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