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Papua New Guinea presents paper on sustainable tourism at the APEC workshop on Developing Sustainable Tourism in the context of Climate Change

24/02/2017

Papua New Guinea is contributing in small ways to sustain the environment and is taking a community level approach through tourism solutions for climate change.

Alcinda Trawen Presenting her paper on PNG Tourism at the SOM1 in Vietnam meeting

Alcinda Trawen, Director Policy and Planning for the Tourism Promotion Authority addressed the APEC Tourism Working Group workshop on sustainable tourism today. Her presentation outlined PNG’s small contributions to sustainable Tourism in the world setting and said that they are organic to PNG.

Ms Trawen’s research paper was based on two community level case studies; one in Kimbe in the Western New Britain province and the other was the Tupira Surf Club, North Coast of Madang province.

She said both projects have been developed under TPA’s authentic model called Community Based Locally Managed Area (CBLA), in that it promotes the protection of the environment and the culture and enhances tourism sustainability in the Climate Change approach.

“I’d like to thank the Vietnam APEC Secretariate for allowing Papua New Guinea to present some its case studies in line with sustainable tourism and climate change and that we can make some contributions.”

“We don’t proclaim to have the best community based case studies, but our examples and case studies are organic to our own environment.” She said in terms of the government and the national direction, the departments of Climate Change and Tourism are still working in parallel to each other and both departments are working towards establishing merging common sectors.

“One of Papua New Guineas main characteristics is our culture, which includes a system of landownership, cultural obligations, decision making which can work against traditional western concepts of western concepts of business development and obviously sustainable development provides this advantage where this form of tourism works for us because it takes into consideration, community values as well as the distribution of broad benefits,” She said.

The Kimbe community-based tourism project has four key areas in which they promote environmental sustainability, and these are through marine education awareness, support eco-tourism initiatives and help the locals create tourism business plans.

She said the other community level tourism project involves the sustainable use of a resource, which is the use of a ‘surf break’. From this project then comes the Tupiri Surf Club in Madang, which is open to surfers through the world.

She said in terms of PNG’s cases, each of these are led by community, they are of tourism interest and obviously they are under environmental protection.