Today (October 15) is Blog Action Day. We previewed the celebration a few weeks ago, but yesterday we put the ideas of ‘the power of we’ into practice.
Case in point: Yesterday I facilitated the Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities: Biodiversity, Tourism and the Social Web. 45 indigenous colleagues from around the world participated in the workshop and shared experiences on using the social web to benefit their local economies, regional biodiversity and most importantly a spirit of collaboration emerged. How can we best work together?
The parties negotiating the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are well served by acknowledging that Conserving biodiversity goes hand in hand with cultural conservation.
The session was livestreamed via Ustream and accessed by colleagues in Estonia and Sweden. In the room there was considerable discussion on the basics of what to post online and what not to share online. The social web was championed by many as a tool for indigenous tourism promotion and cultivating allies. Collaboration may be challenging but done well it’s rewarding and creates win-win-win situations.
Have a look at some of the links participants shared during the workshop:
- Bicicletas Pedro Martinez
- Chalalan Ecolodge
- Nutti Sámi Siida
- Indigenous Portal
- Convention on Biological Diversity
- Viajes San Blas
- Turismo em debate
- Paneiro Amazônico da Cultura e do Turismo
- Trekking Nepal
- Kwetu Training Centre
- Red de mujeres indígenas sobre Biodiversidad de América Latina y El Caribe
- Instituto Indigena para Propriedade Intelectual
- Red Manglar
- Ecotourism and ethnotourism for indigenous peoples in Central Siberia
- Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas