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CELEBRATING WORLD TOURISM DAY

Climate Action through Regeneration: Unlocking the Power of Communities and Nature through Tourism

September 27, 2022 | 9:30 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDT

Led by researchers and tourism practitioners at the University of Edinburgh, Solimar International, and Regenerative Travel, our latest white paper surveyed travel businesses around the world to understand how tourism, in the face of climate change, can ground their work in both the ability of communities to thrive and the protection, management, and restoration of nature. Using the IUCN Global Standards for Nature-based Solutions to assess participating businesses, the findings reveal five core principles for businesses that seek to make a regenerative shift—placing greater value on human wellbeing and nature through a holistic, place-based, community-led, and environment-centered approach. Join us for an in-depth discussion with the white paper’s authors and featured experts to learn about the framework and research findings.

Featured Speakers

O'Shannon Burns

sustainability consultant and program manageR at Cornell University

O’Shannon Burns is a senior sustainability consultant with more than 13 years’ experience shaping mission-driven businesses and embedding regenerative principles into operations with a focus on travel, tourism, climate action, conservation, and environmental justice. She has collaborated with The World Bank, Disney, National Geographic, Regenerative Travel, and dozens of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and destinations on sustainability strategy and management. O’Shannon is part of Cornell University’s Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program at the SC Johnson College of Business. She holds a Master’s in Sustainability from Harvard University and a BS in Physical Geography with a focus on Climate Science.

Chloe King

marine conservationist and tourism consultant at solimar international

Chloe King is a marine conservationist, social scientist, and sustainable tourism consultant, with experience both implementing and academically interrogating conservation and development projects in over a dozen destinations globally. As a PADI Divemaster, Chloe led marine conservation projects in Indonesia. As the Director of Conservation & Community Development for Solimar International, she has managed numerous projects utilizing tourism as a catalyst to achieve sustainable development objectives. Chloe holds a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University, an MSc in Marine Systems and Policy from the University of Edinburgh, and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

Esmee Kooijman

Researcher at Trinity College Dublin & Project Manager at Horizon Nua

Esmee Kooijman is a researcher on entrepreneurship, financing, and business models for nature-based solutions (NBS) at Trinity College Dublin. She works with cities and organisations in EU funded projects, to implement this research and develop strategies and tools to support the implementation of NBS. Next to this, she works at Horizon Nua as a project manager for the Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform – The world’s biggest community for Nature-Based Enterprises. Esmee holds a MSc in Earth Sciences and Environmental Management from the University of Amsterdam.

 

Irshad Mobarak

Resident Naturalist at The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Pledge is led by Irshad Mobarak, The Datai Langkawi’s Head Naturalist. Irshad is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated naturalists with over 24 years of experience in the field. Irshad left a career in banking at Maybank for a calling in natural history. Irshad has appeared in and contributed to many nature documentaries and insights for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and TED Talks. Acting as the guardian of Langkawi’s natural beauty, Irshad is active in his conservation, preservation and education initiatives and regularly provides lectures on sustainable tourism. His contribution to the preservation of Langkawi was honoured in 2007 with the ‘Amazing Malaysian Award’.

Adam Tholhath

Sustainability & Community Outreach Manager at Six Senses Laamu

After learning more about the impact we humans have on our environment, Adam landed a role with the Manta Trust, an NGO Six Senses Laamu is in partnership with, as researcher/education and community outreach ambassador. In his current role, Adam overseas all the sustainability initiatives at the resort as well as driving our local community relations and educate efforts at local schools. The latter aims to educate students about the environmental issues facing their communities, and provide opportunities engage them with the solutions and the ecosystems on their doorstep.

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Upcoming Sessions

september 2022

11:00 – 11:45AM EDT 

white paper 2022

Climate Action through Regeneration: Unlocking the Power of Communities and Nature through Tourism

An exploration of how regenerative hotels keep a sustainable, low-impact back of house or supply chain.

 

  • O’Shannon Burns, Ecosystems Steward at Regenerative Travel (Moderator)
  • Jeffery Smith, Vice President of Sustainability at Six Senses
  • Dana Krauskopf, Owner at Hamanasi Resort
  • Portia Hart, Standard Bearer at Regenerative Travel and Founder of Blue Apple Beach

october 2022

12:00 – 12:45PM EDT

best practices

Going Zero Waste and Reducing Water Consumption For Hotels

A discussion on how hotels can assess impact and what metrics should be considered for true regenerative impact. 

  • Portia Hart, Standard Bearer at Regenerative Travel and Founder of Blue Apple Beach (Moderator)
  • Renee Kimball, Owner of Tranquilo Bay
  • Jenny Teasdale, Director of Operations at Green Apple

A discussion on how hotels can assess impact and what metrics should be considered for true regenerative impact. 

 

  • Portia Hart, Standard Bearer at Regenerative Travel and Founder of Blue Apple Beach (Moderator)
  • Renee Kimball, Owner of Tranquilo Bay
  • Jenny Teasdale, Director of Operations at Green Apple

November 2022

1:00 – 1:45PM EDT

cop27

On The Road To Egypt: Regenerative Tourism & The UN Climate Change Conference 2022

Exploring regenerative revenue models for a sustained future.  In this session we explore how we can effectively assert value that supports all stakeholders to consumers. 

 

  • Mary Holland, Journalist (Moderator)
  • Beks Ndlovu, Founder of African Bush Camps
  • Brooke Garnett, Founder of MAYAMAYA
  • Byron Thomas, Managing Director of Niarra Travel

Exploring regenerative revenue models for a sustained future.  In this session we explore how we can effectively assert value that supports all stakeholders to consumers. 

 

  • Mary Holland, Journalist (Moderator)
  • Beks Ndlovu, Founder of African Bush Camps
  • Brooke Garnett, Founder of MAYAMAYA
  • Byron Thomas, Managing Director of Niarra Travel

December 2022

2:00 – 2:45PM EDT

Best Practices

The Path To A Renewable Future: Going Off Grid

A discussion on ways of incorporating regenerative travel values and experiences into guest itineraries to shift the paradigm towards travel with transformative and positive impact.

 

  • Jen Murphy, Travel Journalist (Moderator)
  • Gregory Sacks, Co-Founder Trufflepig Travel
  • Martin Frankenberg, President Brazil Luxury Travel Association
  • Cheraé Robinson, Founder & CEO of Tastemakers Africa
  • Brett Melzer, Co-Founder & Owner Gangtey Lodge

A discussion on ways of incorporating regenerative travel values and experiences into guest itineraries to shift the paradigm towards travel with transformative and positive impact.

 

  • Jen Murphy, Travel Journalist (Moderator)
  • Gregory Sacks, Co-Founder Trufflepig Travel
  • Martin Frankenberg, President Brazil Luxury Travel Association
  • Cheraé Robinson, Founder & CEO of Tastemakers Africa
  • Brett Melzer, Co-Founder & Owner Gangtey Lodge

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