Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) Project
Demonstrate best practices and strategies for sustainable tourism development so as to reduce the degradation of marine and coastal environments of trans-boundary significance
The COAST Project aims to demonstrate best practices and strategies for sustainable tourism development so as to reduce the degradation of marine and coastal environments of trans-boundary significance.
The project has four main objectives the first is to capture Best Available Practices and Technologies (BAPs and BATS) for contaminant reduction & sustainable collaborative tourism investments. This objective has four sub-themes:
- Develop eco-tourism initiatives to alleviate poverty through sustainable alternative livelihoods, and generate revenues for conservation of biodiversity and for the benefit of local communities
- Implement and evaluate eco-certification and environmental management systems for use by private sector and community lead investments
- Improved reef recreation, management and monitoring mechanisms
- Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)
The second main objective is to develop and implement mechanisms for sustainable governance and management that measurably reduce degradation of coastal ecosystems from land-based tourism sources of pollution and contamination.
The third objective is to assess and deliver training and capacity requirements emphasizing an integrated approach to sustainable reduction in coastal ecosystem and environmental degradation within the tourism sector.
The fourth objective is to develop and implement information capture, information processing and management mechanisms to promote information dissemination & sharing.
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is utilising its ST-EP approach (Sustainable Tourism - Eliminating Poverty) within the project and has completed three regional trainings which have focused on Ecotourism project planning & proposal writing.
Results and Outlook
A local partnership in Kenya has been developed with the Watamu Marine Association. At the local level the final goal is to share the best practices and/or technologies to allow the tourism sector to develop in tandem with the environmental resources at the coastal zone. At a national level the projects aims to use issues identified at a local level to feed into government working groups and thereby influence policy and strategic reviews. Further information on this project is available here (link to the COAST Project website)