AFRICAN ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM SUMMIT

The relationship between tourism and the environment is of interdependence. The environment endowed with natural, cultural, historical and climate sceneries represents the motivation for tourists’ travels. The more varied and complex the natural resources are the more appealing they are for tourism and the activities generated by them are more valuable and more attractive.

The emissions coming from the means of transportation and those resulted in the power energy production are closely related to acidic rains. They determine the phenomenon of global heating and possess serious local pollution. If these reactions are not attended to they may lead to ecosystem degradation.

Tourism is that part of the economy which is made of several activities whose mutual function is to satisfy tourists’ needs. However, tourists do not represent a homogenous group of consumers. Therefore, they interact with the environment of destination in a multitude of modalities according to their attitudes, motivations and expectations. They feel a strong connection with the environment and will try to interact and protect it contributing to more sustainable Environmental Tourism.

There has not been ample amount of questions posed relating to how tourists feel and influence their destinations or how cognizant they are of the environmental impacts that do take place.

In this regard, Africa Environment and Tourism Initiatives have contracted Brand Ambassadors 256 an events company registered in Uganda to organize the first ever African Environment and Tourism Summit to be held in Sept 2020. The summit aims at hosting at least 12 African countries and various development partners totalling to over 500 delegates from within Africa and world over that fall in the relevant fields of Tourism and Environment engaging in discussing solutions to Climate Change, Eco-Tourism and Sustainable tourism in Africa. Key topics for    are;

  1. To create a platform where different African states and development partners can forge ways and solutions for climate change and global warming.
  2. To create inclusive, interesting and appealing strategies to curb down climate change and instil responsible tourism visitors that have the environment at heart.
  3. To examine if Tourists are aware of what influences they have on a host environment while travelling.
  4. To examine the relationship between tourist typology and environmental impacts tourism is able to perceive.
  5. To establish how educational background and social status impact tourist environmental awareness.

CHALLENGES TO ADDRESS

Deforestation

For example, In the great lakes region particularly the Congo Basin, 40 million people depend on the rainforest which is also home for 270 species of mammals including the endangered Gorilla, the Chimpanzee and the Bonobo as well as 39 unique species of animals that are only found there.

Overfishing

Over 75% percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, over exploited or significantly depleted. Some species have already been fished to commercial extinction, many more are on the verge. West African nations have some of the richest fishing grounds in the world but face a lot of conservation challenges.

Industrial Agriculture

This relies on inputs of fossil fuel intensive synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetically engineered seeds. This is a big contributor to global climate change and it destroys biodiversity, degrades soils, pollutes land, freshwater, coastlines and creates health risks. Protecting the environment of Sub Saharan Africa is an issue that needs to be incorporated into an overall strategy of sustainable economic development.

Nuclear

The energy choices being made by the governments regarding this nuclear proposal will fundamentally affect our countries’ ability to combat climate change and create a clean, safe and secure energy future for all.

Climate Change

Over 180 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone could die because of climate change by the end of the century. Unpredictable rainfall patterns, lower crop yields, soaring food prices and dwindling natural resources are already causing increased human migration, tension and conflict. Warmer temperatures and altered rainfall patterns could also create new habitats for disease carrying organisms such as mosquitoes opening new areas to Dengue fever, Yellow fever and Malaria.

Coal

Using coal to produce electricity pollutes and consumes vast amounts of water. Together with coal mining, burning coal for electricity generation has several serious implications for both water quantity and quality.

For consumer empowerment to take positive environmental action, there must be an informative action done every day. In this perspective, the African Environment and Tourism Summit 2019 will also launch “The Consumer Awareness Campaign” which aims to encourage individuals to make greener more sustainable choices.

UNIQUE ASPECTS

Delegates will plant trees in every tourist destination they visit. Mobilization of Climate Change Ambassadors

Launch of Miss Environment Africa (ENVIRONMENT PAGEANT which will be part of the flagship NGO.