Model Cities Explore ‘Environmentally-friendly Tourism’ at Regional Workshop
The first ‘Cities Learning’ event under the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme (Year 3) was organised as a Regional Workshop focusing on theme of ‘Environmentally-friendly Tourism’ on 7 – 9 November 2016 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.
There were about 25 participants comprising representatives of national governments, cities and also several members of civil society groups who work closely with city governments (i.e. a community NGO, environmental youth club and village committee) from seven AMS (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The workshop shared Luang Prabang’s experiences and innovative practices for balancing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development with other ASEAN cities of a similar profile (tourism-oriented city). It also collected case studies of replicable good practices in tourism-oriented ASEAN Model Cities, as well as screened notable case studies for showcase in the forthcoming ‘ASEAN Sourcebook on ESC’ (a knowledge and PR output Model Cities Year 3).
Finally, participants discussed potential future regional activities that may be implemented during the next phase of ASEAN ESC Model Cities (Year 4 onwards), including the establishment of a ‘Tourism & Communication’ sub-network of cities with action plans linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. The key messages were presented at a Thematic Session at the 2nd regional seminar (i.e. 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) High- Level Seminar on Sustainable Cities (http://hls-esc.org). (formerly the’ High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities’).
Organisations who are interested to collaborate with Model Cities in the next phase on ‘Environmentally-friendly Tourism’ are invited to contact IGES for access to the detailed discussions arising from this seminar and to explore synergies on future cooperation.