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Expert Group meeting on Sustainable Tourism: Ecotourism, Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection
The objectives of the EGM are to:

1. take stock of development in ecotourism promotion and management and its contribution to sustainable development;
2. propose recommendations of good practice, ways and means to promote eco- tourism as a tool for fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development, including through financing, provision of tools and guidelines for tourism managers;
3. identify critical issues and priority areas of intervention in order to address unsustainable trends in tourism development.
4. identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships.

It is expected that the recommendations emanating from this meeting will be of value to participating countries aiming to develop eco-tourism potentials, including, among others, Small Island Developing States as well as other countries with coastal, mountainous or forest, lake or desert tourism attractions/resources.