Greening and Resource Efficiency Workshops

The Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Water Affairs & Forestry and Eskom are holding a series of workshops around the country on greening and resource efficiency. In October these roll into the Cape Town area, with a 7 October 2011 workshop in the city itself. Further details in the announcement below, as distributed by the National Department of Tourism, along with a [download id=”7″] and [download id=”8″].

GREENING AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TOURISM WORKSHOP

As domestic and international tourism grows, so does consumption of water and energy in tourism destinations, including generation of waste. Measurement and management of water, energy, and waste are key in achieving a sustainable tourism industry. Since Tourism has a close relationship with environmental resources, this demonstrates that the industry has key role to play in management of these resources.

By adopting the efficient use of resources in all aspects of the tourism business operations we will be taking the first step in promoting responsible tourism and improving the industry’s sustainability. Promoting and developing tourism in a sustainable manner is a policy of the national government and is captured in the Responsible Tourism Guidelines of 2002.

It is against the above-mentioned background that the National Department of Tourism (NDT) in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Water Affairs & Forestry and Eskom, will be undertaking provincial road shows to engage the tourism industry on the importance and implementation of “Greening and Resource Efficiency” in Tourism. The Western Cape workshop will be on 05 October 2011 (Knysna – Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo: ), 06 October 2011 (Worcester – Cape Winelands: ), and 07 October 2011 (Cape Town: Cape Metro) from 09h00 to 15h00.

The objective of the workshop:

  • Is to provide update on the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism;

  • Promote Responsible tourism practices; and

  • Discuss and share relevant tips on energy, water saving, as well as waste management.

Our Target markets are:

Primary Targets

Accommodation establishments, Restaurants, Bars, Meeting venues, Event organizers, and Provincial Nature and Parks Boards.

Secondary Audience

Local Government, Local Tourism Associations, Provincial Tourism authorities, Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environment, and Tourism.

Preparations for the workshop at the department will be coordinated by:

Ms Sithandiwe Nonhle Mthembu smthembu[at]tourism[dot]gov[dot]za 012 395 1892 / 073 637 3043