On the 21st of June, the kick-off workshop for the project “Starlight Iberá: promoting regenerative tourism for local economic development post COVID-19” was held at the GlobalCAD office in Barcelona. This initiative welcomed an exchange of ideas between the participating teams to start the project, which is funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
The objective of Starlight Iberá is to contribute to the creation of innovative regenerative tourism through the promotion of ecotourism destinations in the Iberá National Park in Argentina. The consortium of organisations is formed by GlobalCAD as lead entity, Ideas for Change, Yetapá Foundation and Starlight Foundation, all of which have extensive experience in SDGs, tourism and innovation. Together, they will implement the project through a virtual and face-to-face training programme.
The training will be addressed to the most vulnerable communities in Iberá, as well as to guides and entrepreneurs in the region. It aims to contribute to the diversification of natural resources and the creation of a unique offer of ecotourism products and services. It will also create a system of indicators and local governance to measure the impact and to evaluate and monitor future projects.
The kick-off workshop of the project was attended by various members of the organisations participating in the consortium, both in person and virtually.
During the workshop, discussions were held on how to integrate various training and empowerment methodologies to provide a concrete and effective response to the needs of the indigenous populations in Iberá.
Finally, the teams agreed to create a comprehensive framework for the three trainings and certifications stipulated within the project implementation, including the Starlight-led certification for astro-tourism, as well as advanced training in Pentagrowth and inclusive business models that emphasise SDG impact.
This project started in February 2021 and is expected to be completed by mid-2022.