Quantcast
Back to news
3 Apr 2017 | News

Bandarban Destination Management Plan Validation Workshop

2 mins Read

70% Complete

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) jointly organized a Bandarban Destination Management Plan (DMP) Validation Workshop in Bandarban Sadar, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh on 28 March.

Some of the delegates on hand for the proceedings, included: 

During the technical session, 86 key tourism stakeholders, representing community-based organisations, the private sector, media, and the government, participated in group exercises to generate ideas for collaborating with one another to promote inclusive, equitable, and responsible tourism at different governance levels ranging from the district to national level.

At the workshop, a poster illustrating the Bandarban Tourism Vision Tree with its roots symbolizing a tourism multi-stakeholders partnership was unveiled. The participants endorsed the Bandarban DMP and expressed their commitments to a strong and long-term collaborative partnership to its implementation by signing their names on the poster.

Bandarban – also known as the roof of Bangladesh – is the natural and cultural heart of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region. It has gained steady popularity in recent years as a must-visit destination for tourists interested in adventures, hill cultures, and heritage.

The validation workshop can be seen as a milestone in the ongoing partnership between ICIMOD and MoCHTA – formalized in 2013 to collaborate for the sustainable development of hill areas in Bangladesh.

As part of that partnership, the Himalica project – funded by the European Union and managed by ICIMOD – partnered with the Bandarban Hill District Council of MoCHTA to develop sustainable tourism value chains in Ruma Upazila in Bandarban District with the aim to increase the resilience and livelihood opportunities of poor and vulnerable local communities.

To that end, the Himalica BHDC developed a Bandarban DMP through a series of participatory and inclusive multi-stakeholders consultative processes.

It is hoped  the implementation of the now-endorsed Bandarban DMP will help bring structure to tourism planning and development processes, minimize the negatives, and maximize the positives associated with tourism value chain development. Moreover, it is hoped this work will help forge long-term collaborative partnerships with various tourism stakeholders to actualize the Bandarban Tourism Vision.

Stay current

Stay up to date on what’s happening around the HKH with our most recent publications and find out how you can help by subscribing to our mailing list.

Related Content

Continue exploring this topic

27 Jun 2017 News
ICIMOD Hosts a Borlaug – Ruan Intern Sponsored by the World Food Prize, USA for the Fourth Time in a Row

AN ALL-EXPENSE-PAID, EIGHT-WEEK HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE, the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship provides exceptional high school students the opportunity to work with ...

29 Jun 2017 News
REDD+ Experts Meet at the Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan

Broadly, the meeting paved the way forward for creating synergies and future lines of action in the context of REDD+ ...

9 Mar 2017 News
Book on Gender Issues and Climate Change Adaptation in China Launched

Last month, ICIMOD and the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences (YASS) hosted a book launch for a co-produced ...

14 Dec 2015 News
Motivating Journalists on Atmospheric Issues

  Twenty eight highly motivated journalists from eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region —Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, ...