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Strengthening Africa-China Collaboration on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism

May 06, 2014

Lewa will be one of the world heritage sites from Africa represented at a workshop on sustainable tourism in Hongcun Village, Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, on the 23rd - 24th of May. 

Organised by UNESCO and the Zhongkun Group, this international workshop will focus on the power of tourism for local economic development and the conservation of heritage values through international cooperation. Geoffrey Chege, Lewa's Chief Conservation Officer, will represent the Conservancy during the workshop. 

It is expected that the outcomes emanating from this meeting will be of value to participating countries aiming to develop sustainable tourism potentials at World Heritage properties. 

Aim of the workshop 

Showcase and share international good practice approaches and other capacity-building tools to promote, recognize and incentivize sustainable tourism practices and products at and around World Heritage sites with a special focus on China and Africa.

Explore new ideas and trends in terms of visitation, connectivity, and interpretation. 

Encourage World Heritage stakeholders to consider the benefits and impact of new technologies and travel and visitor trends could have for their own sites and allow them to investigate those further.
 
Identify priority areas of intervention in order to address unsustainable trends in tourism development.
 
Identify potential areas for international cooperation and partnerships.