Ecotourism conference opens in Noosa to host Global Eco 2013 Conference

Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Queensland’s Sunshine CoastQueensland’s Sunshine Coast is to play host to the Global Eco 2013 Conference, which will examine trends in responsible tourism and ecotourism, in Noosa this week.

 

Noosa was selected as the host venue for the three-day conference because it is Queensland’s first designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (pictured) and is bordered by national parks, a pristine river system, ocean, rainforest and hinterland. It is home to wildlife including koalas, brush turkeys, wallabies, dolphins, turtles, whales and an array of birdlife.

 

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve, established in 2007, under the auspices of UNESCO, encapsulates the values of sustainability and environmental awareness that are an essential aspect of Noosa’s history and current lifestyle.

 

Delegates to Global Eco 2013 will be shown how the seaside village seeks to reconcile economic development, social development and environmental protection through partnerships between people and nature.

 

On a wider level, the conference will spend time examining “Tourism Megatrends – Global Eco Action Agenda”, with highly focused discussions involving six global megatrends developed to produce the Global Eco Charter – Ecotourism Megatrends. The megatrends were identified by the CSIRO as the Asia-Pacific community’s most influential issues as they progress through the 21st century.

 

The conference is supported by Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Noosa.

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