International seminar on the "Development of tourism and heritage sites along the coast", From the 13th to 15th of March in Manama
At the Ministry of Culture and that of the Secretariat of State for Tourisms’ request, a seminar on the "Development of tourism and heritage sites along the coast," was organized by the French Embassy, the Conservatoire du Littoral and ARC -WH (Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage ) . It was opened by HE Christian Testot - Ambassador of France, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Humood - Secretary of State for Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Mr. Bouchenaki - Director of the ARC- WH.
This meeting brought together French experts of the Conservatoire du Littoral, as well as Bahrainis, especially of the Supreme Council for the Environment, and International organizations (UNEP, UNESCO). The group mainly discussed about the different ways of managing and protecting the marine heritage while keeping the site open to a responsible tourism. The French experience, including that of regional parks such as Port- Cros or other registered natural Heritage sites (Guadeloupe and New Caledonia) have attracted particular attention due to the large number of visitors they welcome.
Opportunities for protection and development of the Hawar Islands were the principal focus. Following various interventions, the parties involved wished for this first seminar to become an annual forum dedicated to environmental issues and responsible tourism. All the interventions will be compiled in a book intended as a starting point for further work on the safeguard of the coast.