New - The Sustainable Tourism Governance and Management Publication
New COAST Project Publication
In the past five years, UNWTO, UNIDO and UNEP have actively collaborated to address sustainable tourism development in coastal areas in Africa, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project, titled “Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism (COAST)”, covering nine Sub-Saharan African countries (Cameroon, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles and Tanzania).
The project developed best practices on reef and marine recreation management, environmental management systems and eco-tourism, and undertook a desk study and field research in the nine countries to identify national and local mechanisms for sustainable tourism governance and management.
Addressing Sustainability Issues in the Tourism Sector in Africa
Sustainable Tourism Governance and Management in Coastal Areas of Africa presents the results of the research carried out within the framework of the COAST project. It builds on the UNWTO and UNEP publication Making Tourism More Sustainable – A Guide for Policy Makers, by assessing how to apply sustainability principles and policy instruments for coastal tourism development in Africa. Detailed recommendations are provided to strengthen governance and management to ensure that tourism serves as a positive force in coastal areas, helping to conserve environments and biodiversity, minimising environmental impact and contributing to the wellbeing of local communities. While the field research was conducted in the nine COAST project countries, the study also has a generic relevance and can provide guidance for sustainable coastal tourism in other countries, especially in
Africa and the developing world.
This report has been prepared for UNWTO by Dr Richard Denman, consultant with The Tourism Company, United Kingdom, who also undertook the studies in The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Seychelles. The studies in Cameroon and Senegal were undertaken by Lionel Bécherel and in Mozambique by Jeremy Gottwals. The valuable input of the COAST project focal points, demo site coordinators, national experts appointed to assist with this study and everyone consulted during the course of the work is also gratefully acknowledged.