students were able to learn about Ecotourism from tourism, business
and environment perspectives and to share their experience and ideas
on ecotourism. They learnt how ecotourism could become a way to
get out of favelas in Brazil, how it could help to protect wildlife
in Kenya, how it integrates local communities, including indigenous
communities, and how it is a way of giving economic values to natural
The overall objective of the Forum was to come
up with an Ecotourism Youth Charter that will eventually become
an international document stating the youth’s view on ecotourism.
Students started to draft the Charter thanks to interactive activities,
including an Ecotourism Business Case.
On the Wednesday, students were able to link with
youth from around the world - specifically students from
Feurs in France (near Lyon), South Africa (Cape Town), Sao Paulo
in Brazil and Bali, Indonesia thanks to Reef HQ who provided videoconference
facilities. France was connected via webcam, Brazil via videoconference,
South Africa via teleconference and Indonesia via e-mail.
The students presented, discussed and debated on
ecotourism issues and challenges with students from other countries
and shared their ideas on what to include in the Ecotourism Youth
Charter. International students were able to provide inputs that
were taken into account in the final outcomes of the Forum.
Ecotourism Blogs ] [
Photos of the Videoconference ]
Two students nominated during the Forum presented
its outcomes during the final plenary Session of the Ecotourism
Conference as a Keynote Address. Madeleine and Shenade from the
Cathedral School of St Anne & St James addressed the 253 delegates
and reminded them of the importance of the youth’s voice when
dealing with Ecotourism issues.
See their Speech (22Kb
See the Forum’s
Media Release (30Kb
on the Forum and
visit the French
students' blog on ecotourism (French)
Ecotourism Youth Charter & add your comments
The Forum was complimented by an Art
In Schools-Urban Nature Ecotourism Puzzle Map, funded by
Townsville City Council through the Perc Tucker Gallery.