Ornithological tourism project kicks off with meeting in Barcelona

By SEO.BirdLife, Sat, 28/01/2012 - 11:34
A two-year project promoting responsible and sustainable birdwatching tourism for birds and their habitats in the Mediterranean Basin has begun with a meeting of four BirdLife Partners in Barcelona. The project will provide training for hoteliers, travel companies, transport professionals and guides to help them meet the needs of birdwatching tourists. Much of the training materials will be available online in several languages. The project is lead and coordinated by SEO/BirdLife Spain and involves SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal), BirdLife Cyprus and HOS (Hellenic Ornithological Society), with input also from the BirdLife International Secretariat. "This new work builds on our successful Iberaves project which focused on Spain and Portugal," said Cristina Sanchez, the Ornithological Tourism Project Leader and Director of SEO/BirdLife Catalunya. "Our belief is that birdwatching tourism is an ideal way of bringing sustainable development to Natura 2000 areas and Biosphere Reserves, maximising the benefits to local people and biodiversity, while minimising the negative impacts that tourism sometimes provides.” The project is supported by the Leonardo da Vinci Agency, from the European Lifelong Learning Programme.

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Hi, How we van get involved? Sounds interesting... cheers Manuel

Dear sir, First of all, i represent KEEP (KATHMANDU ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECT) Nepal, establishment in 1992, and working as one of the leading tourism NGOs in Nepal. Precisely, it is good to see the birdlife working in the tourism sector where Nepal is a potential location for birdwatchers. Therefore, KEEP is intended to work on building the "Bird Watching" experts among the tourism professionals of Nepal. Also, the capacity building of KEEP is one of the major program which runs every year and KEEP has been receiving participants which we have taken as our success. If Birdlife Intl support this program, it will make a tremendous difference in the tourism sector of Nepal. So, i look forward to your generous support and look forward to discuss more. Thank you

Dear colleague, thanks for your words and sorry for the delay in answering. We also agree that it´s good see BirdLife involved in this issue and for this reason we (from SEO/BirdLife, the Spanish Partner) are encouraging this cooperative projects on sustainable tourism involving different partners in southern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. If our expertise could be of some interes for you in Nepal, we´ll be glad to share it with you and your organization. Keep in contact Ramón Martí Acting Head of International Unit SEO/BirdLife

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