Planning for responsible tourism development in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

Planning for responsible tourism development in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

Lead: Dr. Shaun Russell, Director, Treborth Botanical Garden, College of Natural Sciences

Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

This Collaboration and Partnership Grant with The Omora Foundation will create a targeted community training programme for tourism practitioners in Chile’s UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. The programme will prepare the local community for the challenges of rapidly expanding tourism to the region, while taking advantage of a major infusion of Government funding for tourism development and management.

Inhabitants of the town of Puerto Williams will ultimately benefit from the switch from a dependent, subsistence economy with high unemployment and reliance on the Chilean Navy, to a vibrant responsible tourism economy resulting from improved access to the last protected “fjordland” region of the World.

The regional partners are the key operators in the political arena and economy of the target population. Their already-secured involvement is crucial for the success of the impact activity. They will provide local facilities, services and additional buy-in from the wider community of townspeople.

This project is funded under the RCUK’s Global Challenges Research Fund initiative, a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support research and impact that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

Partners/Collaborators:

Primary collaborator: The Omora Foundation.

Additional collaborators:

  • The Newton-Picarte Project
  • The Indigenous People’s Council of Puerto Williams
  • Puerto Williams Guild of Tourism Operators
  • National Tourism Board of Magallanes Region

Image: The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Puerto Williams, Chile. Used with thanks to the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, University of North Texas, Chile.

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