You are invited to International Symposium: “The Role and Challenges of Ecotourism in Wildlife Conservation”


We are delighted to extend an invitation to you all for our upcoming international symposium “The Role and Challenges of Ecotourism in Wildlife Conservation.” Details of the seminar are as follows:

  • Date and Time: 9th December 2023, 9:30 to 15:20 (GMT)
  • Registration: Please email to JSPS Nairobi Research Station at <nbo-academia[a]> *Please use @ in place of [at] when you will send E-mail to us
  • Seminar Description:In recent years, the delicate balance between human activity and wildlife preservation has faced increasing threats. The natural habitats of many species continue to shrink due to urbanization, deforestation, and climate change, underscoring the significance of proactive conservation efforts. One such effort involves promoting ecotourism as a means of raising awareness and funding for wildlife preservation.

    The “Role and Challenges of Ecotourism in Wildlife Conservation” symposium focuses on the critical role that ecotourism plays in the global conservation landscape. Gathering experts, researchers, and practitioners from Japan and Kenya at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, the symposium’s objective is to foster a comprehensive discussion on the multifaceted aspects of ecotourism, using chimpanzees as a central theme. This choice is influenced by the recent recognition of chimpanzees as Sierra Leone’s national animal and the desire to explore the development of ecotourism in the region, which has faced challenges such as past civil conflicts.

    When practiced responsibly, ecotourism can provide sustainable solutions to the economic and ecological challenges faced by wildlife habitats. By offering alternative livelihoods to local communities, it can alleviate the pressures of resource extraction and habitat destruction. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that improper implementation of ecotourism activities can lead to increased stress on fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants.

    This symposium delves into the complexities and nuances of ecotourism, exploring best practices, successful case studies, and lessons learned. It also addresses the ethical and environmental concerns that can arise at the intersection of tourism and conservation. Through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, participants will gain valuable insights into the most effective methods for harmonizing ecotourism with wildlife preservation.

    The anticipated discussions are expected to be as follows:

    1. The economic benefits of ecotourism for local communities and wildlife conservation.
    2. Case studies on successful ecotourism initiatives and their impact on biodiversity.
    3. Best practices in responsible ecotourism management.
    4. Ecotourism’s role in education and raising awareness about wildlife conservation.
    5. The challenges and potential negative consequences of ecotourism.
    6. Ethical considerations in wildlife viewing and engagement activities.
    7. Strategies for mitigating the environmental impact of ecotourism.

    This symposium serves as a platform for networking, experience sharing, and creating a roadmap for responsible ecotourism practices. It emphasizes the need for a deeper understanding of the role and challenges of ecotourism in wildlife conservation, enabling contributions to wildlife protection and equitable distribution of benefits to local communities. Together, we can work towards a future where humans and wildlife coexist harmoniously, and where ecotourism serves as a powerful force for the preservation of our natural world.


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