As Jlag, we delivered the first PM4SD (Project Management for Sustainable Development) training online course with TrainingAid. We had four inspiring weeks (February 19 – March 16, 2018) filled with lessons, discussions, ideas, examples and tips on effective project management in sustainable tourism.
The course was attended by 33 tourism industry professionals from 15 countries, representing various sectors and diverse perspectives.
The course was offered in collaboration with the following supporting organizations:
- Caribbean Tourism Organization
- The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
- The Travel Foundation
- Blue Community
Some of the organizations represented by the course participants include:
BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission – British Virgin Islands
CenterParcs Leisure GmbH – Germany
Crooked Trails – USA
Emater-Pará – Brazil
Green Evolution – Greece
Green Dreams for the Planet Foundation – India
Lofoten Reiselivfagskole – Norway
Meijo University – Japan
Österlens Folkhögskola – Sweden
USF Patel College of Global Sustainability – USA
Provork Consultancy Services – India
In addition, the course featured guest expert presentations by:
- Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Board Member and Program Director, Europe & Middle East, GSTC
- Carol Hay, Director of Marketing UK & Europe, Caribbean Tourism Organization
- Salli Felton, Chief Executive Officer, The Travel Foundation
- Dr. David Randle, Managing Director, Waves of Change International Ocean Institute Campaign
An important learning outcome has also come from the project examples and lessons shared by course participants themselves, with real-life issues and challenges highlighted through project summaries shared and feedback and ideas exchanged among the course members.
The course has reinforced the importance of knowledge transfer – sharing successful examples and lessons learned – to facilitate effective project management practices leading to tangible, long-term benefits for destinations and communities.
I was the lead trainer together with Mike Dollin and the Assistant Trainer Holly Prievo (PM4SD Practitioner), we guided the delegates through the lessons on the PM4SD Foundation-level training materials, and provided guidance to prepare for the PM4SD Foundation certification. We learnt a lot as trainers as well.
The second edition of the PM4SD online course (PM4SD-1802) is scheduled for May 4 – June 1, 2018.
“A well-designed and well-managed tourism can make a significant contribution to the three dimensions of sustainable development ” – UN Resolution 66/288 “The future we want” (2012).