On October 22nd and 23rd, the Second International Conference of AMENET Network entitled “Enabling tourism to integrate AME economies to cope with climate change: special focus on the African societies”, was held online due the current COVID -19 pandemic.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Rafael Robaina Romero, President of Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The opening was also attended by Nasara Cabrera Abu, General Director of Economic Relations with Africa, Government of the Canary Islands; Carmela Calés Bourdet, Vice-rector for Internationalisation, Autonomous University of Madrid, and José Mella, Lead Partner of the AMENET Jean Monnet Network, Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).
For two days, more than 150 participants from different African and European universities, presented their researches and shared their ideas and results with other colleagues working in similar lines of investigation. The discussions took place in different sessions defined by following topics:
- Tourism and socioeconomic development: mainstream and critical views.
- Tourism as a driver for inter e intra-regional socioeconomic integration.
- Tourism as a potential vector for gaining socio-ecological resilience against climate change.
- Potential benefits from upgrading the role of tourism in the European neighborhood framework.
- Tourism as promoter for bottom-up policy making and governance at local and regional level.
- Resetting the relationships between tourism, protected areas and surrounding rural communities in Africa.
- Tourism, education and entrepreneurship: towards enhancing triangulation.
- Entrepreneurship, Small and medium companies, innovation, and local development.
- Infrastructures and environment.
- Other issues in tourism and socioeconomic development.
The next AMENET International Conference will be held online in collaboration with the University of Ghana, on February 22nd and 23rd, 2021, and its motto will be: “Enhancing sustainable development and regional integration through effective and efficient resource exploitation and mobilization in Africa, Mediterranean and European Union post COVID -19”. More information
October 22, 2020
October 23, 2020
- “Economic principles for infrastructure provision”, Ginés de Rus, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), University Carlos III of Madrid, FEDEA.
- “Responsible development and community-based tourism in The Gambia: what can we learn from the Ninki Nanka Trail?”, Lucy McCombes, Leeds Beckett University, England
- “Impacts of tourism on African local communities”, Haretsebe Manhwa, North-West University, South Africa
- “Ecotourism: linking biodiversity protection and sustainable development”, Jesús Olivero Verbel, University of Cartagena, Colombia