The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), together with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Association for Interpretation Japan, and the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC), will organise a public Symposium on Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism to celebrate the UN International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The topic of the symposium will be “Discussing Interpretation in National Parks”.
Every year, commemorative ceremonies for the IDB are held throughout the world to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. This year’s international theme for the IDB, “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”, coincides with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
The symposium will highlight the concept of interpretation with regard to national parks, which serve as communications tools for educating visitors about nature while focusing on the locality and providing enjoyable experiences. The event will feature experts from the United States National Park Services, for which interpretation is an important element of its brand, and will offer the opportunity to learn about the organisation’s planning, human resources development, and systems for facility management. In addition, discussion will include the implications of tourism for biological diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.