Tour guides to benefit from “Biodiversity and Conservation in Tourism” training (Updated with audio)

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Roseau, Dominica – (September 27, 2022) Nature forms the essence of our livelihoods in Dominica and has played the largest role in shaping our rich cultural heritage. Dominica is referred to as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its unique biological and geological diversity. The island’s eco-tourism industry, built on its natural resources, has allowed Dominica to stand out from the rest of the Caribbean region.

Yet many do not realize that this industry has been able to thrive and benefit due to decades of conservation efforts to protect these unique resources. In the face of numerous global challenges, conservation needs to be at the forefront of every individual’s efforts – particularly in tourism where the industry’s success depends on it.

The Nature Island of Excellence (NISE) certified Tour Guides play an integral role in bridging the gap between conservation and the industry. By translating scientific information into an enhanced experience for visitors, they play a critical role in environmental education. A need for in-depth training in environmental interpretation for tourism was identified through the review of previous tour guide training programs and tour reviews.

Therefore, the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division, WildDominique, and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) present the training series “Biodiversity and Conservation in Tourism”. The training will occur on September 28 – 29, 2022 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus’ auditorium on Elmshall Road, Roseau.

DDA encourages certified tour guides to participate in this pilot program which will enable them to provide the ultimate nature and conservation experience. Additionally, the newly developed “Friend of Conservation” stamp will be awarded to tour guides and tour operators who actively participate in community/citizen science. This will serve as a key marketing tool showcasing environmentally responsible services to potential clients.

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5 Comments

  1. Peter
    September 28, 2022

    Just another trolley load of empty waffle. It’s shameful!

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  2. Roger Burnett
    September 27, 2022

    I am trying to make sense of this press release. Whoever wrote the opening paragraphs cannot be familiar with the current deplorable state of Dominica’s environment in general.

    The writer’s use of the word “industry” is at least appropriate, for much of the island does resemble a rundown industrial site.

    May I suggest that before “translating scientific information into an enhanced experience for visitors” that the island be cleaned up and restored to its former self.

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  3. Ibo France
    September 27, 2022

    With this administration, there is no present just the future. This is to be done and that is in the pipeline. (Int. Airport, Geothermal energy, First resilient country, #1 Tourism destination, State of the art hospital, Complete food security, Railway around the island, Universities bigger and better than ROSS)

    If promises were reality, Dominica would have been the envy of the world.

    LIARS make the best promises.

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    • Juanita
      September 28, 2022

      Disbelieving what this administration of shameless dissemblers say, is the beginning of wisdom in Dominica. Things are always in pipeline but very few ever get flushed except one wants to count the toilet project for die hard supporters. At one point the pipeline was reportedly so clogged that a position was created for a lady Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for project planning and implementation. Does that portfolio still exist?

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