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Initiative de la Francophonie pour un tourisme durable dans les petits États insulaires en développement (PEID)

  • Published on November 26, 2018
On the occasion of the International Year of SmaIl Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) launched an initiative to bring together stakeholders in the francophone Indian Ocean islands of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.
The objective was to define a roadmap for the formulation of sustainable tourism strategies for francophone SIDS, as the sector had been identified as a priority for the socio-economic development of these countries within the overall Economic Strategy of the International Francophonie. The roadmap was adopted in 2015 and the initiative was soon extended to involve additional SIDS such as Cabo Verde, Dominica, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe and Vanuatu, as well as the Dominican Republic as an observer to the initiative. The Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD) has been supporting the implementation of the roadmap by providing technical support for the integration of sustainability criteria in tourism strategies and operations, capacity building for tourism professionals and the steering of a working group to discuss common challenges and strengths. In 2016, with financial support from the Principality of Monaco, IFDD also extended support to two NGOs in Haiti and Madagascar to start the implementation of pilot projects. IFDD also mobilized the ambassadors of francophone SIDS in Paris to present the progress achieved and gain additional support for the initiative. During 2017, IFDD plans to launch two guides focused on sustainable tourism in SIDS - one tailored to project leaders on the formulation and management of tourism projects, and another for policymakers on devising strategies and policies - and will support the implementation of additional pilot projects in Comores, Magagascar, Sao Tome and Principe and the Seychelles.

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