Capacity Building Programme on Protected Area Management and Ecotourism: Experiential Learning Programme in Taman Negara ASEAN Heritage Park, Malaysia (Experience AHP) PDF Print E-mail

Capacity Building Programme on Protected Area Management and Ecotourism:

Experiential Learning Programme in Taman Negara ASEAN Heritage Park, Malaysia

(Experience AHP)

10 – 14 March 2014

Taman Negara, Pahang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Background


Human and institutional capacity development is one of the major platforms of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) in providing services to ASEAN Member States. Protected area (PA) management and ecotourism are among the priority thematic focus areas of ACB.


In the past five years, ACB has conducted regional workshops to capacitate managers, staff and other stakeholders of large, complex, or high profile protected areas. The training packages also included promoting awareness for biodiversity conservation, and promoting regional biodiversity information sharing.


The Regional Workshop for the Development of Course Programme and Trainings for Protected Area (PA) Staff held in Sabah, Malaysia recommended sustainable tourism and ecotourism as one of the priority courses for senior and mid-level officials and staff of organizations involved in PA and biodiversity conservation. Likewise, the ASEAN Guidelines on Competence Standards for Protected Area Jobs includes recreation and tourism as one of the areas required for senior and mid- level PA staff. It covers the provision and management of recreation/ecotourism opportunities and infrastructure for protected areas.


Objectives


ACB is organizing a Capacity Building Programme on Protected Area (PA) Management and Ecotourism: Experiential Learning Programme in Taman Negara ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP), Malaysia (Experience AHP) on 10 – 14 March 2014 in Taman Negara, Pahang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The learning package aims to:


  1. Enable the participants to understand the elements and principles of ecotourism/tourism and the policies and standards of ecotourism as practiced in Malaysia;
  2. Share experiences and lessons learned on recreation, tourism and ecotourism; and
  3. Develop a re-entry plan for an ecotourism project in AHP/PA and identify/recommend next steps to facilitate implementation of activities in the re-entry plan based on the experiences in this ecotour package.

 


Experience AHPs


This experiential learning package is specifically designed for senior and mid-level protected area officials and staff with project, divisional management and/or high level technical responsibilities in protected areas.


The learning package will have two parts: (1) a one-day seminar on ecotourism and PA management as practiced in Malaysia; and (2) a four-day field visit in an AHP site (Taman Negara National Park) and other nature-based tourism sites in Malaysia. The AHP site manager and staff will feature best practices on protected area management and ecotourism.  The one-day orientation seminar will include lectures on ecotourism and PA management, case study analysis, and panel discussions. The approaches will be designed to encourage and enhance active participation and sharing experiences and best practices among senior and mid-level officials and staff.


The four-day field visit to the AHP and other ecotourism sites will  expose participants to first-hand experiences on recreation, tourism and ecotourism management; share and compare good practices and lessons learned; and promote cooperation and networking among practitioners on recreation, tourism and ecotourism management.


Theories and concepts shared in the first day of the programme will be applied during the study tour/field visit in the Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia and other sites of interest. Participants will be asked to observe physical development and facilities, management good practices, and visitor management in the protected area.


Some of the key questions that participants will have to consider and incorporate in their re-entry plans at the end of the course are:


  1. What facilities/development structures can be observed in the protected area? What are those that can be applied in their respective PAs?
  2. What good practices in natural resources management and visitor management in relation to ecotourism are being applied in the protected area?
  3. What form of sustainable financing are present in the protected area?
  4. Are there any public-private partnerships present in the protected area? If so, what are these?
  5. How are benefits derived from this partnership shared? In what proportion?
  6. How is the home stay programme implemented in Malaysia. What features of this programme can be applied in your respective national park?

Participants


As a pilot learning package involving the Philippines, ACB will collaborate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), particularly the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau and various Regional Offices of DENR. About 30 participants and facilitators will be involved in the Experiential Learning Package (19 field officers of DENR; seven PAWB Staff; two ACB staff and two resource persons from the host country.


TAMAN NEGARA NATIONAL PARK, MALAYSIA

Programme


Date

Time

Activities

Resource Person

ETD

ETA

10 Mar Mon

8:05 AM

11:50 AM

Arrival of Participants and staff

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

Check-in and Lunch at Paya Indah Wetlands (PIW)

Briefing and field trip within PIW

 PIW Park Manager

11 Mar Tues

6:00 AM

1:00 PM

Depart PIW to Taman Negara, Pahang (Lunch along the way)

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

Check-in at Taman Negara, Pahang

3:00 PM

Opening Session

  • Welcome Remarks
  • Keynote Message

Module 1 Protected Area Management

 

  • CBD Strategic Goals and the Aichi Targets.

There are five strategic goals and 20 targets that would be discussed and their relation to PA management, and how your activities could contribute to achieving these goals.

 

  • Management Effectiveness of PA in Malaysia

The World Commission on PAs framework on assessing management effectiveness would give guidance to managers to harmonize assessment of good practice especially as it is implemented in Malaysia. Six stages of the process will be dissected and management tools will also be discussed.

  • Malaysia PA/AHP institutional structure, funding support, biodiversity assessment

An ideal institutional structure will be discussed along with possible sources of funding support and some methodologies in assessing biodiversity in PAs.

  • Sustainable Financing (User fees, PES, etc.) in Malaysia National Parks / AHP

Forms of sustainable financing shall be presented and a description of these would be discussed.

  • PA Governance and Financing in the Philippines

 

Module 2 - Ecotourism

  • Definition and Scope of Ecotourism and Biodiversity as practiced in Malaysia

This topic would clarify the boundaries of what ecotourism is, how it is implemented in Malaysia, identifying the gaps as it is applied in different forms, differentiating it from nature tourism, sustainable tourism and mainstream tourism. Factors influencing the success or failure of an ecotourism venture will also be discussed.

  • Policies affecting the success or failure of ecotourism as practiced in Malaysia

Malaysian policies on ecotourism shall be shared and how these policies affect the success or failure of the ecotourism programme of the government. Case studies in relation to these policies shall be shared by Malaysian experts.

  • Promotion, Marketing and CEPA Strategic Planning

Atty. Roberto V. Oliva

Executive Director, ACB

Dato' Zoal Azha bin Yusof

Chairman ASOEN - Malaysia

Secretary General

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

 

Mr. Mohd Taufik Abd. Rahman                                             Ecotourism Division
Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Malaysia

 

 

 

 

Ms. Cora Davis

Assistant Secretary

DENR, Philippines

 

 

 

Mr. Mohd Taufik Abd. Rahman                                             Ecotourism Division
Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Malaysia

6:00 PM

Dinner

8:00 PM

Night: Wildlife Safari

12 Mar Wed

6:00 AM

7:00 AM

Breakfast

7:30 AM

Briefing on Taman Negara

Mr. Abu Zahrim Ismail  

Park Manager

12:00 NN

Ecotourism activities at Taman Negara (Canopy Walk and Aborigines)

12:00 NN

1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

5:00 PM

River Cruise and Kelah Fish Sanctuary

13 Mar Thurs

6:00 AM

1:00 PM

Depart at Taman Negara NP, Pahang

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

Check-in at PIW

Guided trip to Putrajaya or KL

14 Mar Fri

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

Closing Session

  • Evaluation and debriefing
  • Closing message

 

Dr. Filiberto Pollisco, Jr.

Research and Policy Development Specialist, ACB

 

Atty. Roberto V. Oliva

Executive Director, ACB

Mr. Nik Yusamin bin Yusof

Principal Assistant Secretary

Biodiversity and Forestry Management Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia

10:00 AM

Check-out and lunch along the way to KLIA

12:40 PM

Depart to KLIA