The Tourism Ministers and the Head of Delegation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) attending the ASEAN Ecotourism Forum 2016 in Pakse, Champasak Province, Lao PDR , hosted by the Ministry o Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR. Reaffirming the ideas and principles laid down in the Charter of the ASEAN.
Extracts from the Pakse Declaration:
Noting the United Nations declaration of International Year of Ecotourism 2002 as well the World Ecotourism Summit 2002, producing the Quebec Declaration on Ecotourism, and the UN Resolution adopted in December 2010 on promotion of ecotourism or poverty eradication and environmental protection.
Noting the 1st. World Ecotourism Conference producing the Vientiane Declaration on Ecotourism for Developing Countries ( 2009) endorsed by the World Tourism organizations (UNWTO)
Recognising the leadership and commitment of the Government of Laos PDR, Chair of ASEAN 2016 and as host country of this ASEAN Ecotourism Forum 2016 with the theme”ASEAN Without Borders,Roadmap for Strategic Development of Ecotourism Clusters and Tourism Corridors.
Acknowledging that ecotourism is one o the sustainable forms o tourism that enables the tourists to experience and understand the nature and rich biodiversity of the region and at the same time generate the socio-economic benefits for the local communities living in harmony with the nature especially in the remote and rural areas within the ASEAN region.
Acknowledging the limitations of this consultative process to incorporate the input of related tourism and development bodies and organizations, international development assistance and funding organizations and regional financial institutions.
Recognising the potential complementary roles and objectives o the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),ASEAN centres, dialogue partners, international civil societies, institutions and organizations participating in the Forum, and in particular, ASEAN´s core mandate, which includes fostering international and regional cooperation.
Acknowledging the role of international tourism stakeholders who are developing multi-national tour itineries, touring routes and special interest tour programmes in the region.
Recognising that this Declaration is in aligment with the vision o the ASEAN Strategic Plan ( 2016 – 2025) where by 2025
The following affirmative actions are planed:
Establish where relevant a regional inventory o ecotourism sites within ASEAN including but not limited to protected areas, national parks and nature and wildlife reserves.
Identify plan and develop sustainably an inter-connected network of ecotourism destinations and sites ( ecotourism clusters) across ASEAN Member States, which are linked to major overland roads, wareeways, sea or air routes ( Tourism Corridors).
Encourage concerted action for the balanced sustainable development o ecotourism, through partnerships between relevant stakeholders.
Encourage, where appropriate, the possibility of making reference to the relevant programmes and frame works of the relevant international organizations.
Establishing a high profile public-private-partnership Regional Network under Chairmanship of Lao PDR, with the participatipon of national and internationalexperts.
The whole declaration you will find in the internet at: www.aef2016laos.com
The declaration was adopted in Pakse, Champasak, Lao PDR on 22nd.june 2016 by
List of Ministers and Head of delegates:
Mr. Wardi HJ Mohammad Ali,Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry o f Tourism, Brunei Darussalam
H.E.Mr. Tith Chantha, Secretary of State, Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
Mrs. Ani Insani, Director Tourism Institutional Relations,Ministry of Tourism,Indonesia
H.E. Pro. Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Lao PDR
Dato Yean Yoke Heng, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia
Mr. Yee Mon, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar
Mr. John Gregory Conceicao, Executive Director, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore
H.E. Mrs.Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand
H.E. Dang Thi Bich Lien,Deputy Minister o Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam
H.E. Dr. Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community