BfN Schriften 60 - Biodiversity and Tourism in the Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity: The Case of the Tayrona National Park, Colombia
This document is the result of a workshop with experts and participants from different institutions to analyse the development of tourism in the Tayrona National Park, Magdelena Region. This is a region of Colombia that is characterised by a high degree of biological diversity and vulnerable ecosystems. The workshop was organised as part of the bilateral cooperation on issues of biological diversity and tourism between the Colombian Special Administrative Unit for the National Parks System, UAESPNN, and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. This bilateral cooperation was established in 1999 with the objective of supporting capacity building and the transfer of technologies on CBD issues.
The workshop had two objectives. The first objective was to develop conclusions and recommendations concerning the Tayrona National Park’s strategy for visitor management within its boundaries, through an analysis of the tourism situation in the Park. The second objective was to apply the preliminary version of the international guidelines for activities related to sustainable tourism development in vulnerable ecosystems, which had been elaborated in June 2001 by the Secretariat of CBD, to demonstrate and evaluate their usefulness.