9th Annual International Conference on Travel and Sustainable Tourism for Peace and Development - 12 December, 2022, United Nations
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International Annual Conference on the Travel and Sustainable Tourism for Peace and Development
in the frame of the 14th GENEVA FORUM, December 12-16, 2022
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
|Monday December 12th, 2022
from 09:00 to 18:00
Monday evening, de 19:00 à 23:00 : Networking Dinner of Sustainable Tourism for Peace and Development Networks
|FREE ENTRANCE UNDER SUBSCRIPTION (United Nations Access Pass)|
|Presentations will be held in english and french. Debates and questions will be organized in english and french.|
|Leading Projects of Education to Science and Citizen Sciences since 1992, and creating 1st Participatory Researches Camps in 2004, the NGO Objective Sciences International have the Special Consultative Status to United Nations. Active in all continents, the NGO organize every year, since 2012, the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature in United Nations, at which one participate all Governments actives in this domain or interested by these works. From 2016, and every year, OSI organize into the heart of the United Nations hemicycle the International Annual Conference on Tourism and Travel for Sustainable Development, in order to allow all the actors and operators in these domains to exchange, meet and share directly and at the largest international level.|
Operators of Tourism, Smart Traveling and Alternative Pedagogy who exchange already at national and continental levels (Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle-East...) and who desire to exchange together, and share practices and solutions, at the world level, meet together at the Annual International Conference organized in the United Nations.
EcoTourism/Travel/Tourism Future/Sustainable Development
Several public or associative organizations that are active in the domain of Tourism, federated or organized, at the international level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism, at United Nations, in Geneva.
This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.
Your Annual Exchanges Resource
In the following of the national and continental meetings that are organized in each country and continent by the local federation, this International Annual Conference at United Nations allow the actors to implement in consultation, or to inform mutually, of progress and actions they lead during the year, or that they have in project.
The participants at this Conference are:
- Local and regional actors of different countries
- Thematic Actors by disciplines
- Regional or national federations
- Thematic Federations, by disciplines
- Large Institutions of Tourism
- Travel agencies
- Government departments (Tourism, Education, Research, Environment, Industry ...) and international associations of Ministries
- Specialized Journalists (tourism, science, environment, education, sustainable development ...)
- UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP ...)
Subjects that are in the agenda of this year are:
- Sustainable Tourism Development
- Tourism as a social agent (poverty reduction, peace maker)
- Travel 3.0
- Tourism: a tool for Science Development (promote scientific and educational activities towards the advancement of common man’s life by improving the theory and practice of various disciplines and sectors of Tourism and Transport and many more)
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Sustainable development policies and Tourism
- The Sharing Economy and Tourism
- New types of Sustainable Tourism
- Sustainable Tourism management and marketing
- Sustainability Trends in the Industry
Exchanges between stakeholders of the meeting will happen in a round table between speakers and debates with the audience of the Assembly.
Organiser : NGO Objectif Sciences International, Geneva
Here the Programme of the 5 days of GENEVA FORUM of December 2022, where are described the sessions dedicated to the Conference on Tourism and Science for Peace and Sustainable Development Goals.
Official Opening Session - Monday December 13th 13:30
Session organised by Objectif Sciences International in the frame of the International YEar of Sustainable Tourisme for Development.
- Remarks on current situation
- Remarks about concepts of the International Annual Conference
Presentations currently proposed for 2022
Geoeducation: Paleontology and Sustainable Tourism ORAL PRESENTATION
I aim to introduce the result of my participatory research project in a scientific journey I participated in Switzerland this year.
In this scientific stay, I discovered and observed archosaur imprints. Archosaurs are reptilians extinct since long ago. I offer you to join me at that conference to learn more about my research and this specific form of tourism which is the scientific tourism!
Mrs. PERRON STRADELLA Louise, Paléozoic, France, www.osi-paleozoic.org
Hotel activities and Sustainable Development ORAL PRESENTATION
Texts and studies abound to deal with the place that the hotel industry holds in tourism and the economy, among other things to analyze the trades and the means to be implemented in order to ensure the best possible training of the staff, to evaluate the performance hotel establishments or to deal with distribution, marketing, management, taxation, labor relations and ecology. On the other hand, the writings are very discreet on the link between the hotel industry and Sustainable Development, especially in its spatial dimension. The hotel industry generates direct and indirect spin-offs which can contribute a great deal, not without paradoxes, however, to the dynamism of cities, to their organization and to the development of their respective spaces. A quick overview of a few examples from Cameroon will allow us to see that tourism development structured around the hotel industry certainly benefits the economy of destinations and urban development in Cameroon, but imperfectly.
Mrs Pascale Claudia YACPOU BELINGA, Ladies News, Cameroun
Back to the wild ORAL PRESENTATION
The wolf has been reintroduced in Yellowstone NP (USA) in 1995. Through this field trip, based on scientific journalism, we studied the impact of the wolf on the ecosystem and its importance.
Mrs GRIFFON Eole, Mrs LACROIX Océane, Mr LE COZ Titouan, and Mrs HOANG Aline, BIODIVERSITA, USA
Protected areas in the face of demographic growth and development in Senegal. ORAL PRESENTATION
Senegal is one of the countries benefiting from a wide diversity of tourist potential (parks, nature reserves, historical monuments, cultural sites, etc.), which makes it special in the face of competition from other West African countries. Like many other destinations, Senegal is committed to the policy of protecting and enhancing natural resources through a more responsible form of tourism: ecotourism. Indeed, this type of tourism makes it possible to guarantee the safeguarding and perpetuation of biological areas, while enhancing them through environmentally friendly tourist activities that create jobs and generate income for the host communities.
The contribution of Protected Areas is essential to the conservation of ecosystems, the promotion of tourism and the socio-economic development of the populations around them. Ecotourism, which stems from sustainable tourism, is a means of enhancing the value of natural resources and at the same time generating viable and sustainable local development. Today, faced with a growing population, these natural areas are not only an ecological challenge, but are also considered as assets likely to contribute to the development of the populations living within, near and beyond the protected area.
Mrs BAYO Khadidiatou Alice Elisabeth, Université d’Angers, France, https://www.univ-angers.fr/fr/index.html
the sentinels of the sea ORAL PRESENTATION
We know little about underwater heritage, however it’s a huge source of knowledge about the past. We contributed to an underwater archeology project located at the border between France and Spain.
Mrs BERTUS Amélie and Mrs JONCKHEERE Marie, ONG Objectif Sciences International - OSI-CETIS, France, https://www.vacances-scientifiques.com/spip.php?page=advanced-research&rids=%5B576%5D
What kind of participatory research in astronomy can we do with young people ? Pedagogy and results in an hollyday camp. ORAL PRESENTATION
What form can participatory research in astronomy take with teenagers?
Participatory research is on the rise, especially in the huge field of astronomy. For the past three years, we have been setting up a protocol to take young people aged 10 to 17 to study exoplanets by themselves. This presentation will be an opportunity to resituate our choices in the context of current participatory research, to explain our pedagogical methods and our protocol.
Mr ROUMAZEILLES Maxime, ONG Objectif Sciences International - OSI-UNIVERS, France, https://www.vacances-scientifiques.com/spip.php?page=advanced-research&rids=%5B581%5D
Participatory research project in Iceland ORAL PRESENTATION
OSI Explor’Earth is a science education and participatory research programme aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the environment in which we live, and to better understand the issues related to human-nature interactions. The Iceland Glaciology Project is a citizen research project in which data on glaciers is collected and then used by Icelandic scientists.
Mr Hugo JOMIER, OSI-EXPLOR’EARTH, France, https://www.vacances-scientifiques.com/spip.php?page=advanced-research&rids=%5B579%5D
Towards restoration of the Przewalski horse and its ecosystem in Western Mongolia ORAL PRESENTATION
Created in 1990, the TAKH association works for the reintroduction of Przewalski’s horse on its ancestral lands in the steppes of Central Asia, for the preservation of its ecosystem and its biodiversity. It has a 400 hectare site on the Causse Méjean with ecological conditions similar to those of Mongolia, which in 1993 enabled the first horses from zoos to "relearn the wild". After several generations, two families of "Causse" horses were reintroduced to Seer in Mongolia in 2004 and 2005.
The site is divided into two enclosures (Le Villaret and Nivoliers); the alternating presence of these large herbivores in each enclosure allows for a renewal of the grazing areas. These free horses are now part of the landscape of the "causse nu" and together form an object of study and attraction. This Przewalski’s horse preservation site now serves as a genetic reservoir and reference population for health monitoring and long-term behavioural observations.
In addition to its scientific mission of biodiversity conservation, TAKH integrates mediation and the hosting of projects in residence in order to share its experience and its space, to encourage encounters and multidisciplinary approaches and expertise around the question: what Przewalski’s horses teach us about our relationship with the animal and its (our) ecosystem.
Mrs Héléna NITZE, Chargée de Développement, Pôle Ecotourisme Scientifique, TAKH - Centre des chevaux de Przewalski, France, www.reversethered.org/stories/przewalski-horse
Scientific trips to active volcanoes and introduction to volcanology ORAL PRESENTATION
For 40 years, we have been organising discovery and observation trips to active volcanoes around the world. Over the years, we have expanded our offer to include some fifty different trips of varying degrees of difficulty, which allow you to approach the eruptive activity in good conditions of effort and safety.
Some of our loyal customers have participated in more than 30 trips or expeditions with us. Some of them are scientists related to earth sciences and take advantage of our experience and logistics to access the volcanic areas. Several young people accompanied by their parents, fascinated by these natural phenomena, have decided to make this their profession after studying volcanology in French universities. For the past 20 years, we have also been running earth science courses for European schools on active Italian volcanoes. At present, more than 250 courses have been carried out for a total of about 7000 European students accompanied by their teachers and supervised by us.
We strongly believe that this kind of science tourism applied to participatory science will be in the near future a smart way to travel that can be applied to a multitude of other scientific activities.
Mr. Tanguy de Saint-Cyr, Aventure et Volcans, France, www.aventurevolcans.com
Terra Scientifica, the international event for meaningful travel ORAL PRESENTATION
Terra Scientifica is an annual exhibition organized at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris in March, by partners Objectif Sciences International (NGO) and Science&Vie (magazine).
This event aims to bring together all the actors involved in the "Scientific Trips" in order to promote the sharing of winning practices and generate collaborations in the development of projects that meet the objectives of responsible and sustainable tourism.
TS is also a mainstream event allowing everyone to discover a new kind of tourism in which they get involved. For the sake of a better world, with sustainable tourism practices, respectful for the nature and people.
Appearing as a real mediator and project facilitator, this fair will be complemented by training in participatory science and an annual committee which will give birth to the week of participatory science.
Mrs Mélanie JIMENEZ, Terra Scientifica, France, www.terra-scientifica.com
A scientific and sporting expedition to Southeast Asia to study and raise awareness about water pollution ORAL PRESENTATION
Students from the School of Agricultural Engineering are going on a 5-month cycling expedition to share authentic and constructive exchanges on the problems of water pollution.
They will travel light through five countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Bali to discover, learn and compare the reality of the places on the subject of water.
This expedition will be the subject of a report to raise awareness in their network.
To reinforce their awareness raising actions, they will be accompanied by the KOKEO coordination team on the spot to collect field reports from different water actors and experts which will be sent to the KOKEO Advocacy Committee for further awareness raising, especially with national and international bodies.
It is a replicable model for responsible youth in the world!
Mrs Vaddana KEO, Fondatrice-Présidente, and Mr. Bruno de Monteynard Responsable de la Commission de plaidoyer en charge des relations avec ONU, KOKEO, Cambodge, www.kokeo.org
ACD: THE CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL AREAS OF THECA ORAL PRESENTATION
With its 622 km 2, the Central African Republic is as large as Ukraine or as large as France and Belgium combined. It is a sparsely populated country (4.7 million inhabitants, according to the last census) and poor, with a GDP per capita of 446 dollars. It is a least developed country (LDC), with a development index that places it 180th out of 186 countries listed. With an economy characterised by the predominance of the primary sector (around 50% of GDP), made up of subsistence agriculture which employs 66% of the population, livestock, forestry and extractive industries (mainly diamonds). Processing industries remain embryonic, while the service sector is particularly dynamic, notably due to the breakthrough of mobile telephony. However, the political and security crisis in CAR has amplified the country’s usual economic difficulties. Forecasts for 2023 are disastrous, with the threat of a recession varying between 14 and 20%. Among the many challenges facing the country, the weakness of road infrastructure in rural areas (for such a large country) and the alarming rate of unemployment are essential brakes on development. To face these challenges, the CDA proposes the self-construction of rural roads, wooden bridges and the creation of artisanal activities in the country.
Mr GABIRAULT Eric, ACD (ACTIONS CENTRAFRIQUE DEVELOPPEMENT), Central African Republic, site
Presentations done in 2021
Cultural tourism towards Sustainability, Case study : Odisha, an eastern state of India REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION
Odisha is an eastern state of India. The region is known for its rich cultural heritage ; tangible, intangible and living heritage. It is also center of an important pilgrimage destination. This attracts numerous domestic as well as foreign tourists throughout the year. The state still has tremendous potential to increase the tourist footfall. The state government is undertaking several initiatives to promote tourism in the region.
In Odisha, tourism is playing significant role to combat many persisting issues of the host communities like employment generation, poverty alleviation, cultural revival etc. Along with the opportunities it also brings several challenges which are required to be addressed sensitively through responsible tourism.
The presentation will discuss the unique cultural heritage of Odisha and the existing tourism practices. It will also discuss the opportunity and challenges posed on the host communities due to tourism. The role undertaken by some self-help organisations is also discussed in the presentation, for promoting Responsible Tourism to bring Peace, Prosperity and Pride in the region.
Ms. Smitashree SWAIN ; NIT Raipur, India, http://www.nitrr.ac.in
Festival Kongo River ORAL PRESENTATION
The Kongo River Festival is a tourist festival that aims to protect and enhance one of the largest hydrographic world heritage, which is the Congo River.
It is a holistic project that pursues several issues of the day namely: environmental, ecotourism, cultural issues as well as economic opportunities related to the blue treasure (the Congo River)
Mr Vincent KUNDA, Festival Kongo River, République Démocratique du Congo, www.festivalkongoriver.com
Tourism-based Sustainable Financing for Marine Protected Area Management ORAL PRESENTATION
The Koh Rong Marine National Park (KRMNP) is the first large-scale Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Cambodia designated in 2018. From 2015 to 2019, it had an average of 300,000 tourist arrivals. However, similar to other MPAs in developing countries, the lack of state funding, inadequate staff capacity, unregulated coastal infrastructure development and tourism threaten its fragile ecosystems.
With the closure of international borders and domestic travel regulations during the pandemic in 2020, KRMNP saw a -80% decline in tourist arrivals resulting to closure of 80% of the accommodations and lost of employment for 50% of its residents. Based on a 10-year post-COVID recovery projection, it is estimated that KRMNP will reach the pre-pandemic 2019 level by 2024.
The anticipated revival of tourism in KRMNP presents a vital opportunity to prove the viability of a multi-stakeholder engagement within the tourism sector, private investors and the government to establish a tourism-based sustainable financing mechanism for the long-term effective management of KRMNP. This topic will discuss the potential contribution of tourism revenue in regulating and maintaining sustainability of the environment and the local communities.
Mrs Benedict AGULTO, Fauna & Flora International, Cambodia, www.fauna-flora.org
Mathematics of life ORAL PRESENTATION
In this presentation we are going to present you our training course on the mathematics of the living that we realized this summer in Switzerland.
During this stay we learned to recognize where the maths are in nature and how they allow us to know it better and therefore to protect it better via several processes such as equations, models or graphs.
Mr Tom CAILLUYER and Timothy MAECHLER, ONG Objectif Sciences International, France
OSI CHIP HACKADEMY Participatory Research - Design of new solutions for specific contexts REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION
Conception de solutions électroniques inédites Lowtech au service de projets environnementaux.
Réalisation de modules autonomes utilisables sur le terrain et adaptés aux besoins de projets de recherche.
Mr Stephane RODE, ONG Objectif Sciences International OSI CHIP HACKADEMY, France, https://www.osi-chip-hackademy.org/
TOSI-PALEOZOïC Science Education and Research Program ORAL PRESENTATION
The PALEOZOÏC Science Education and Research Program of Objectives Sciences International aims to sensitize as many people as possible to the place of Man on Earth in the face of geological time.
The PALEOZOÏC program is in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History of Geneva and paleontological researchers from Paris, Bern, Belgium and Morocco. The study of marine reptiles from the Cretaceous period and the footprints of dinosaur ancestors, the Archosaurs, are our main subjects of study. Our main mission is participatory research and science education. This year the program will highlight the theme of sustainable tourism at a conference.
Mrs Laetitia GENITONI NAME, ORGANISM, Country, http://www.lien-organisme.com
Towards more sustainable business tourism: a Toolkit for the business event sector ORAL PRESENTATION
Business events –congresses, conferences and meetings - are a niche tourism market that annually contributes an estimated 1.5 trillion USD and nearly 26 million jobs to the global economy. The economic effect of the pandemic on the business event sector is undeniable, as social distancing practically halted in-person meetings. With the world slowly ‘reopening’, the business event sector is expected to rebound and resume both its activities and its economic contribution. But, as the pandemic has accelerated the turn towards sustainability, the organization of green and sustainable business events is the key to attracting and retaining participants.
While there are several tools and standards that can help assess the sustainability of business events, they require the input of experts, they are designed to be used ex-post, and often exclude the active participation of stakeholders in the evaluation process. There is a documented need for a tool that will, on the one hand support the organization of sustainable events, and on the other hand assess and evaluate, in one integrated framework, the economic, social and environmental impacts of events.
This presentation is on the ‘Sustainable Conferences and Events Toolkit’ that can be used by stakeholders throughout the supply chain of business event organization to forecast and optimize business events ex-ante, as well as to assess their sustainability ex-post, helping to make business tourism as sustainable as possible.
This development of the Toolkit is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation.
Mrs Christina BALDWIN, Sustainable Conferences and Events, Cyprius, http://www.akti.org.cy/portfolio/sustainable-conferences-and-events/
Co-creating a Regenerative World Through Traveler Education ORAL PRESENTATION
Before the Covid-19 pandemic brought the global tourism industry to a standstill in 2020, unsustainable tourism practices and overtourism had been placing strain on local communities, economies and ecosystems around the world. As Covid-19 vaccines continue to roll out, borders are reopening and tourists, especially those from high-income countries, begin to pick up traveling again. Given the vaccine inequity crisis, how do we ensure that tourists visit their destinations mindfully so that the safety of vulnerable communities who still lack access to vaccination will not be compromised? How do we ensure that popular travel destinations will not be once again flooded with tourists back to the pre-Covid level?
While governments, destination management organizations, nonprofits and tourism businesses have been working hard to move the tourism industry towards a more sustainable and inclusive one, consumer education is far from adequate. The UNWTO estimates that there were 1.5 billion international arrivals in 2018, and this number does not include domestic travel. Traveler education is not only complementary but pivotal in creating a sustainable and regenerative future of tourism.
Through a systems-thinking approach and an anti-oppression lens, RISE Travel Institute’s sustainable travel education curriculum educates travelers about the most pressing social justice, animal exploitation and climate justice issues affecting populations at travel destinations around the world, and equips travelers with the knowledge and the tools necessary to understand the underlying oppressive systems that give rise to these interconnected issues, and experience travel in a way that respects and creates enduring positive impact on the community, economy, animals, and environment of the places they visit. Tourists from high-income countries and rapidly emerging economies have immense consumer power to leverage to help communities around the world to build back better post-Covid, and to do that, traveler education and industry efforts should go hand in hand, using the sustainable development goals as our guiding principles.
Dr. Ms Vincie HO, RISE Travel Institute, United States, https://www.risetravelinstitute.org
Protection of the maritime and sub aquatic cultural property ORAL PRESENTATION
The OSI sub aquatic archaeology program is a program with the capacity to sensibilize people to the protection of biodiversity and patrimony of the sub aquatic environment. Throughout our week, we have learned about the challenges and history of the bay of Saint-Jean de luz.
We have also been taught multiple prospection methods, as well as the ethics of a diver searching for sub aquatic cultural property.
Mr Noé MERIGOT and Illona DAUSSE, ONG Objectif Sciences International, France, https://www.osi-cetis.org/
What are the keys to success in whale wachting? ORAL PRESENTATION
The ocean is neither inhabited nor built except for a few facilities; this "naturalness" gives an image of a wild, pure world even if we all know that degradation also exists in the heart of the oceans.
The need for nature, the search for an emotional experience by diving in an unusual environment, has encouraged the emergence of numerous tourism offers, by boat or diving, close to colored corals or mythical marine megafauna. For the last two years, this phenomenon has exploded; a real "dolphinomania" is observed. The impacts on this megafauna are beginning to be described in the scientific literature.
Surfing on the fashion of the ecological discourse, the advertisements are all more appealing than the others, playing with powerful and fashionable terms, using the self-application of the term « eco-tourism » or "nature tourism".
How to combine social demand for "nature" and also participatory actions to protect and respect this fauna to really conserve it?
A sociological survey was conducted on several fields in the Atlantic and in Polynesia during the 2021’s summer; the first results on the elements of understanding this demand for "nature at sea" and the feelings will be presented and discussed.
Mrs Anne LITTAYE, Mrs Marie CHOLLEY-GOMEZ, Université de Toulon, and Mrs Pamela CARSON, Dauphins de Rangiroa NGO, ONG Objectif Sciences International (OSI), France, https://www.osi-cetis.org/
DES ETUDES SUR LE TOURISME DURABLE ET SA CONTRIBUTION AU DEVELOPPEMENT REGIONAL POSTER PRESENTATION - ABSENT
Le secteur du tourisme a connu depuis deux décennies un processus d’éclaircissement conceptuel et de consolidation des instruments d’investigation et d’action. Le tourisme est pluriel. Il est traversé par des segmentations en fonction du critère d’activité et des domaines de destination couverts par les services. Il se situe à la rencontre de problématiques économiques, sociales, environnementales, matérielles et naturelles, humaines, financières, technologiques, informationnelles. Des travaux antérieurs se sont attachés à présenter l’impact significatif du tourisme sur l’économie, la société, la qualité de la vie et le bien-être au niveau local, microrégional ou régional. Il devient pour certaines régions touristiques un des moteurs du progrès de la société. Un aspect singulier du tourisme est qu’il joue un rôle majeur par sa contribution à la réintégration de l’individu dans la nature et le milieu social. La littérature de spécialité, d’un côté, et les réalités pratiques, de l’autre côté, montrent l’apparition et le développement du concept de tourisme durable. La distinction entre stabilité et développement durable du tourisme permet l’examen des solutions réelles et l’identification des problèmes potentiels qui affectent la prospérité d’une région a préservation et la durabilité des composantes des écosystèmes représentent une condition importante du développement socio-économique. L’irréversibilité des problématiques environnementales, les effets cumulatifs et non-linéaires exercés par l’emploi des ressources sur l’environnement entraînent des problèmes majeurs. La compréhension des phénomènes de transformation de la société en profondeur suppose la mise à disposition d’une approche conceptuelle renouvelée. Les concepts d’intelligence et la résilience territoriale particulièrement adaptés à cet objet. Le concept d’intelligence territoriale pose le principe d’un développement régional en retenant une logique ascendante plus que descendante. Il s’agit de fédérer les énergies locales, de créer des occasions de coopération entre des acteurs qui poursuivent chacun des objectifs spécifiques. La dynamique territoriale dépendra de la capacité des acteurs à travailler ensemble et à contribuer ainsi au développement régional.
Mr Moise Aimé KAMMEGNE, ETABLISSEMENT MOSE’S-COMMERCE GENERAL IMPORT-EXPORT, Cameroon
Think about the emergence of Africa from African fashion POSTER PRESENTATION
<docNNNN|left> Sub-Saharan Africa was, until recently, the only region of the world absent from the international fashion system. For 2 years, African countries have been presented as the next future market for fashion and luxury, but at the same time we are discovering a whole generation of designers with new ideas who could well become important players in creative fashion. hui the whole world, from Russia to China, from South America to Southeast Asia, is part of a global fashion system. Only sub-Saharan Africa seems to have remained on the margins : a textile industry almost reduced to the production of fibers, no establishment of brands or international distribution networks, a largely artisanal clothing production and numerous fashionweeks but reduced to local folklore shows. All this is changing and for the past two years we have seen a proliferation of seminars and conferences in Europe on the opportunities of the African market, which appears to be the next market of the future for fashion and luxury. A market already valued at $ 31 billion by Euromonitor. But without waiting to be completely part of this system, the African continent shows a singular creative vitality, with the main showcase of the Lagos fashionweek. The economic capital of Nigeria, with its 10,000 millionaires in dollars, plays the role of the connected hub of the continent. Cameroon, too, is diverse from a dress point of view, rarely compared to other sub-Saharan countries. The flowering of styles in this area reflects history, ecology and climates, all of which make this Africa in miniature so special. With each cultural area, we can correlate a complete art of dressing or a more or less symbolic element of clothing : ndop in the Grassfields, ntieya in the Bamoun kingdom ; obom and derivatives in the far south, leppi and godo clothing made from cotton in the north ; Sandja among the Basssas and the peoples of the Cameroonian Littoral.
Mrs Martine KAMSU NGADOGNE, ETABLISSEMENT STYLISME ET MODELISME, Cameroon, Yaoundé-Bastos
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