Date(s) - 25/04/2018 - 27/04/2018
The Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard and accompanying assessment initiative, is a likely solution to the growing concern raised by (Western) markets regarding the use of elephants in tourism activities. At present, whilst some markets have distanced themselves from elephant camps, others seek to establish standards or criteria of best practice. This has resulted in a diversity of different standards and criteria imposed on elephant camps, deployed by different stakeholders, rather than just one set of widely accepted best practice criteria for elephant camps in Asia. This has led to confusion amongst suppliers, different levels of standards for different markets and therefore, an inefficient use of resources for both Tour Operator (TO) and elephant camp operator.
The Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard is an initiative established by Travelife for Tour Operators and developed through multi-stakeholder engagement. Stakeholders include: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University (FVM-CMU), Thailand National Elephant Institute (NEI), PATA and the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group (ACEWG), an informal network of elephant welfare experts and veterinarians, who seek to improve welfare standards of Elephants kept in captivity. The initiative aims to integrate the ABTA Animal Welfare Guidance, the ACEWG principles and the Tourism Elephant Camps Management standard of the Chiang Mai University into one comprehensive standard.
Travelife and its above listed partners, started beginning of 2018 to pilot the application of the Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard by visiting relevant elephant camps in Thailand, Laos and other South–East Asian countries. It is expected that through the establishment of the Elephant Camp Animal Welfare and Sustainability Standard the confidence from western tourism markets will be re-instated as the well-being of elephants improved, and local livelihoods are safeguarded.
The programme will be 2 part which are;
The workshop which is meant for inbound tour operators and other stakeholders. For more information http://www.mekongtourism.org/wp-content/uploads/Invitation-workshop-Luang-Prabang-25.4.18-1.pdf
The Auditor and Advisor training is meant for future auditors and advisors of Elephant camps, but will also be open for Elephant tourism facilities to join. It takes place between 25th – 27th April. For more information http://www.mekongtourism.org/wp-content/uploads/Invitation-Animal-Welfare-Auditor-and-Advisor-training-Luang-Prabang-25-26-27.4.18.pdf
For registration, please visit www.travelife.info/training