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5th Workshop in Edinburgh

The workshop entitled: Ecotourism in Scotland: Opportunities, Challenges and EU Standards took place on Thursday 28 February at The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh. The speakers included: Dr. Kathy Velander, Edinburgh Napier University on the European Ecotourism Labelling Standard and the ECOLNET project, Dr. Peter Varley, West Highland College, UHI, Fort William on slow adventure tourism, Mr. Duncan Bryden, Bryden Associates, Tomatin on the value of nature based tourism to Scotland, Dr. Jayne Glass, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, UHI on land management standards and their application to ecotourism and Mrs. Wilma Finlay, Cream o’Galloway, Gatehoue of Fleet on the past and future of their business Cream o’Galloway. The event was organised by the ECOLNET partner, Edinburgh Napier University along with the Centre for Mountain Studies and the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research. The attendees included representatives of various Scottish government agencies, consultants, private businesses, researchers and non-government organisations.

The meeting offered the opportunity to promote the EETLS to a variety of businesses, consultants and other interested parties, as well as enabling cross-sector discussions on the opportunities as well as the challenges facing individuals currently involved in tourism and ecotourism. The role of the EETLS in supporting sustainable tourism was discussed with particular reference to the Evaluation Tool and supporting learning material. The economic importance of wildlife tourism to Scotland was highlighted as well the potential for ‘slow’ activity tourism as an expanding market. The five principals for sustainable estate management were presented along with details of Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) an organisation of Scottish landowners committed to managing their estates in line with biodiversity conservation and delivering multiple benefits to rural communities. Finally the issues related to developing a tourism business were highlighted including the need to meet ever changing customer demands. The panel discussion enabled further exploration of the topics addressed during the workshop including discussions relating to how best to expand and support ecotourism in Scotland including sustainable business development and specific health and safety issues relevant to ecotourism. A follow on meeting was proposed for the autumn of 2013.

 

Click on the attachments below to download the Workshop presentations, invitation and programme

 


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