Theme: Sustainable Tourism & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):New Challenge or Opportunity?

13-15 June 2017
Park Inn by Radisson, Nairobi, Kenya

The Annual Green Tourism Summit, convened and hosted by Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA Kenya), will take place at Park Inn by Radisson, Nairobi, Kenya from 13th, 14th & 15th June 2017. The Summit is a multi-stakeholder platform to inspire action towards a sustainable tourism sector in East Africa. The 2017 Summit, is inspired by declaration of 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development  #IYSTD #IY2017, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN 17 SDGs that need urgent attention and the ranking of the East Africa states in the Global SDG Index.

The purpose of 2017 Green Tourism Summit is to identify key actions that will put tourism on track to meet the agenda of the SDGs. In order to do this, the Summit will seek to answer the following key questions:

  • What can tourism contribute towards realising the 5ps of SDGS?
  • How can achievements be accelerated and challenges/ risks minimised or mitigated?
  • Who needs to be involved?


  • Eco Tourism In A Connected World: Opportunities & Pitfalls
  • Towards 2030 SDGS: The Sustainable Tourism, Economic Development And Poverty Alleviation Nexus
  • Opportunities For Tourism To Accelerate SDGs In East Africa

Speaker Topics

SDG 8 – Conserve & Sustainably use Oceans, Seas & Marine resources

  • Integration Of Cultural Heritage In Sustainable Tourism Activities For Wetland Habitats

SDG 9 – Foster Innovation

Green Energy & Sustainable Community Development In Tourism Destinations- The Case Of Mara Naboisho Conservancy

SDG 12- Ensuring sustainable consumption & Production

  • Journey Towards Becoming a Sustainable Tour Operator
  • Factors That Enable Hotels To Embrace And Benefit From Sustainability & How To Measure Returns On Investment

SDG 15:Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • Winning Models in Sustainable Tourism- Review of NATGEO Unique Lodges of the World
  • Building Local Community Capacity In Managing The Wildlife/Livestock Interface: The Case Of Enonkishu & Mara Training Centre
  • Why conservancies are best suited to meet and/ or exceed the expectation of the SDGs


  • Tourism/Environment Policy Gaps: A Content Analysis To Assess Efficacy Of Sustainable Tourism Policies In Kenya
  • Institutionalizing Sustainable Tourism In Kenya: From Intention To Practice
  • Matching Heterogeneous Tourism Data To Discover Unexplored Tourism Destinations
  • Innovative research for tourism sustainability in Africa: does it matter to tourism businesses?”




Damian Cook

Founder & CEO, E-frontiers Ltd


Carmen Nibigira

Regional Coordinator East Africa Tourism Platform


Dr Geoffrey Manyara

Economics Affairs Officer for Tourism, UNECA

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Dr. Jacqueline Kariithi

Princeton University

WTH 2016

Prof. Wolfgang H Thome

Publisher of ATC News- Eastern Africa’s largest Aviation, Travel & Conservation Blog

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Mark Hankins

CEO African Solar Designs, Ltd


Alan Dixon

Founder & Managing Director, UNIGLOBE Lets Go Travel


Judy Kepher-Gona

Founder STTA & Green Tourism Summit 2017 Host


Samantha Anandale

CEO Hotel Verde Cape Town, South Africa


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Dr Bernard Kitheka

Assistant Professor, Missouri State University


Lorraine Jenks

Founder Hotelstuff / Greenstuff

South Africa

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Dr Boniface Kihima

Technical University of Kenya


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Dr Stanley Githinji

Kenya Methodist University Member- International Federation for IT and Travel and Tourism

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Prof. Noah Sitati

CEO Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

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Lippa Wood

Director, Mara Training Centre

David Chiawo

Dr. David Chiawo

Strathmore University

Conservation ecologist;Lecturer sustainable tourism; Director Research and Innovations, Centre for Tourism and Hospitality


Delegates KES, 22,500/USD 225

Students & CBOs KES 15,000 USD 150

Early Bird discount 20% before 1st June 2017




“Modelling a Sustainable Future for Tourism in East Africa”

The Green Tourism Summit is an annual multi-stakeholder platform, organised by Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA Kenya), to inspire action towards a sustainable Tourism Sector in East Africa. Among other objectives, the summit aims at filling a multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing gap in sustainable tourism practice in East Africa. Several events take place around the globe, communicating to the world how these destinations care for sustainable tourism. Asia’s annual Ecotourism Conference organized by the Asia Ecotourism Network, South America’s P3 Conference, and Southern Africa’s ,  RETOSA led, regional sustainable tourism conference among others. Europe benefits from several conferences organized by universities and trade fairs. ITB Berlin and WTM UK incorporate strong discussion forums on Sustainable Tourism. West Africa has the annual ICRT conference. East Africa lacked a signature event that communicates her commitment to sustainability in tourism.

Our approach to addressing this gap was to bring together tourism professionals, government, private and non-government organizations in tourism and conservation, tourism operators, policy makers as well as students in East Africa to a common knowledge sharing platform, to discuss important matters concerning tourism and conservation and where they would to come up with practical solutions that contribute to sustainable development. Knowledge from the summit is then shared in the form of publications and summit proceedings reports to the rest of the public to serve as reference points for learning institutions and developers.


Incorporated in the Green Tourism Summit are the Mazingira Innovation Awards (Formerly Mazingira Awards). These awards recognize community level interventions aimed at promoting sustainable development. It is our way of appreciating the role of communities and indigenous knowledge in transforming the lives of people and ecosystems for a sustainable future.

The award has three objectives:

Encourage local community participation in sustainable development by promoting the integration of indigenous knowledge, nature based solutions and other innovative approaches in mitigating negative impacts on the environment and in addressing climate change.

Promote protection of urban green spaces- green spaces in cities are threatened by development and lack of appreciation by residents. This award hope to raise awareness on challenges, encourage resident participation in protection of green spaces and finally protect the spaces through innovative sustainable approaches

Promote innovations in waste management in hotels/lodges in protected areas- Most protected areas do not have centralized systems for management of waste. Lodges are struggling. In the meantime, contamination continues.

The Award has one open application category and one closed application category with several thematic areas.

Award Categories

Green Innovative Practices by CBOs/CFAs in (Open)

  • Energy management
  • Water management
  • Waste management
  • Environmental rehabilitation & restoration
  • Community Environmental Education/awareness Programs
  • Integrated livelihood program

Green Innovative Practices in Tourism (Hotels Lodges) focusing on the following areas (Closed)

  • Waste management
  • Water conservation




The awards also include seed funding to upscale the winning projects in the CBO category. Winners in tourism category win two free sustainability training sessions of STTA training modules.

The Awards are open to;

  • Community Based Organizations/ Community Forest Associations
  • Hotels and Lodges operating in protected areas