The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is engaging various partners in a series of regional workshops aimed at capacity building for indigenous communities to support the sustainable use of biodiversity in tourism in five bio-geographical regions (the Arctic, islands, dry lands and deserts, forest-basins and mountains), through bolstering their web-based capacities as tourism operators.
The workshop will be held for 3 days during 3-14 November 2008 in Samoa and will focus on the indigenous island communities of the Pacific region. The workshop is being planned for 20-30 indigenous and local community project representatives from the Pacific Region. This upcoming workshop will be organized in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Region Environment Programme (SPREP) and the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI) of Auckland University of Technology.
NZTRI will assist in providing experts, facilitators, web technology and will aid in raising additional funding. SPREP and NZTRI will co-facilitate the meeting along with the Secretariat of the CBD and provide its main substantive research and learning component