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  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop

    Thursday 17thMay, 2012

    Commercial and philanthropic opportunities

    for enhancing wildlife conservation

    through Ecotourism

    Angus M Robinson &

    Susanna Bradshaw

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Agenda

    A question of definitions and principles

    Foundation for National Parks & W

    ildlife

    Current ecotourism

    related partnerships

    Australian National Landscapes

    Philanthropy opportunities and vision

    Take aways

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Incorporating all types of place basedtourism

    Boley, B.B. after Thompson, S. 2009

    Sightseeing

    Cuisine

    Agritourism

    Indigenous

    Tourism

    Heritage

    Tourism

    Cultural

    Tourism

    NATURE

    BASED

    TOURISM

    Geotourism

    i.e. experiential

    tourism

    Geotourism

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    A Question of Definitions

    Nature Basedactivities:

    Nature tourism involves travel to unspoiled places to

    experience and enjoy nature.

    Adventure tourism is nature tourism

    on steroids

    Wildlife tourism involves travel to observe anim

    als, birds

    and fish in their native habitats.

    Ecotourism

    is responsible travel to natural areas that

    conserves the environment & improves the w

    ell-being of

    local people, defined by a set of principles.

    Source: Honey, 2008: Ecotourism

    and Sustainable Development and

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Seven Principles of Ecotourism

    1.Involves travel to natural destinations

    2.Minim

    ises impact

    3.Builds environmental awareness

    4.Provides financial benefits

    and empowermentfor

    local people

    5.Respects local culture

    6.Supports human rights

    and democratic m

    ovements

    7.Provides direct financial benefits for conservation

    Source: Honey, 2008: Ecotourism

    and Sustainable Development

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Australian Definition of Ecotourism

    Ecotourism

    is ecologically sustainable tourism

    with a

    primary focus on experiencing natural areas that

    fosters

    environmental and cultural understanding,

    appreciation and conservation.

    Ecotourism Australiabelieves that the ultim

    ate

    definition of ecotourism

    is compliance w

    ith the core

    criteria stated within the Eco Certification Program.

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Eco Certification Criteria

    In Australia, ECO Certification has three levels of

    achievement which have been developed to

    accommodate for a range of businesses and,

    their level of commitment to sustainability,

    dedication/applicability to socialand cultural

    responsibilities, and

    the level ofinterpretationand educationinvolved

    in the product(s).

    Currently no specific focus on philanthropy/funding of

    wildlife conservation research.

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    When then Premier of NSW, the Hon Tom Lewis M

    P,

    first established the NSW National Parks & W

    ildlife

    Service, he had a vision of establishing a

    complementaryorganisation, constituted mainly

    from the corporate sector , to acquire parks for the

    Service. Hence the birth of the Foundation for

    National Parks & Wildlife

    in 1970.

    Today the Foundation continues thetradition of

    growing parksand caring for them and the species that

    inhabit them.

    Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation achievements

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Volunteering Land for Conservation

    The Foundation for National Parks & W

    ildlife is the

    only organisation in Australia whose philanthropy is

    an investment in our public estate, for all to enjoy.

    There are tax incentives for landholders donating

    landbut thereal value is the growth of our national

    parksand the protection given to our plants and

    animals cared for under their management.

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Growing Our National Parks

    Growing our parks is essential to safeguard our

    natural heritagefor future Australians.

    National Parks remain the core of our protected land

    system.

    The Foundation continues to purchase suitable land

    to add to extend our national reservesfor future

    generations.

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    The Foundation & Philanthropy

    Since its inception in 1970, the Foundation has been

    funding scientifically based projects for the

    benefit of Australian native species.

    To date the Foundation has saved four species from

    extinction and funded projects to research &

    conserve over 30 other Australian plant and anim

    al

    species.

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Over 40 Years of Caring

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation achievements

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation achievements

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation achievements

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation achievements

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Foundation Partnerships

    Funding w

    ildlife research conservation projects

    Biodiversity, geodiversity, cultural or heritage focus

    Includes environmental interpretation projects

    Targeted to m

    ake the difference!

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    YuraygirCoastal Walk

    Minimal impact, local benefits

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    YuraygirCoastal Walk

    Follow the coastal emu

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    YuraygirCoastal Walk

    Provides direct financial benefits for conservation

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Strategic Partnerships

    Accommodation Providers within Protected Areas

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    Strategic Partnership Opportunities

    Ecotourism & Threatened Species Eastern Quolls

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    University of Tasmania Project

    Eastern Quoll Trapping, Tasmania

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    University of Tasmania Project

    Eastern Quoll Monitoring

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    University of Tasmania Project

    Eastern Quoll Pathology Testing

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    NP&WS Koala CareProject -Gunnedah

    Tracking Koalas

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    NP&WS Koala CareProject -Gunnedah

    Koala Wrangling

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    NP&WS Koala CareProject -Gunnedah

    Project Ambassador -Koala Examination

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    NP&WS Koala CareProject -Gunnedah

    Koala Unwrangling

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop | Caring for Australias Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1970

    NP&WS Koala CareProject -Gunnedah

    Thanks A Lot Mister!