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Banking on Protected Areas: Promoting Sustainable Protected Area Tourism to Benefit Local Communities: Report Launch

June 14, 2021




  • The new World Bank report, “Banking on Protected Areas: Promoting Sustainable Protected Area Tourism to Benefit Local Communities,” is being launched on June 14, 2021. The report estimates the economic impact of tourism in protected areas on the local economies and makes the case that the promotion of sustainable tourism in protected areas should be actively included in economic development and recovery strategies given its ability to support economic growth, generate jobs and conserve biodiversity.

    Join World Bank Global Director for the Environment, Natural Resources and the Blue Economy Karin Kemper for the launch of report.  A presentation on the main findings of the report will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by the Regional Director of Sustainable Development for Eastern and Southern Africa Mark Lundell on the relevance of the report’s findings for economic recovery programs with government officials from Argentina, Nepal and Zambia. 

  • Welcome Remarks:

    • Hasita Bhammar, Study Co-Lead, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank 

    Keynote Speech:

    • Karin Kemper, Global Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank 

    Presentation on Report Findings and Recommendations:

    • Urvashi Narain, Lead Economist and Study Lead, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank 

    Panel discussion: How can nature-based tourism play a role in the economic recovery?


    • Mark Lundell, Regional Director, World Bank 


    • Natalia Jauri, Vice-President, Argentina’s National Parks Administration, Government of Argentina 
    • Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment, Bagamati Province of Nepal
    • William Katongo, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Government of Zambia
  • Karin Kemper

    Karin Kemper

    Karin Kemper is the Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy at the World Bank. In her career spanning over 25 years, Dr. Kemper has worked on global environmental, natural resources and water issues. She has served in a range of functions at the World Bank, including as the Senior Director for Environment and Natural Resources, Senior Regional Advisor in the Office of the Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region and as the World Bank Director of Climate Policy and Finance. Dr. Kemper is a German national and holds a Ph.D. in Water and Environmental Studies.


    Mark R. Lundell

    Mark Lundell was the World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros and Seychelles, with residence in Mozambique until July 2020. An American national, his experience at the World Bank includes previous positions in China, Brazil, Russia, and Central Asia. Lundell holds a doctorate in economics from the University of California - Berkeley, and a degree in economics from Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, Russian and French.

    Urvashi Narain

    Urvashi Narain

    Urvashi Narain is the Lead Economist, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank. With over 20 years’ experience on issues at the intersection of environment and development policy, Her areas of expertise span from air pollution management, and watershed management, to nature-based tourism. She is the author and led the report, “Banking on Protected Areas.”


    Natalia Jauri

    Natalia Jauri is the Vice-President of Argentina’s National Parks Administration. She is a sociologist, focusses on area of planning and evaluation of social policies. She obtained a Master degree in Social Policies from the University of Buenos Aires. Among other things, she has participated as an exhibitor in different conferences and she is the author of various scientific journal articles and book chapters. Natalia Jauri has been in the public service since 2002, where she assumes the responsibility of government areas in control and management bodies.


    Sindhu Prasad Dhungana

    Dr Dr Sindhu Prasad Dhungana is currently the secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment in Bagamati Province of Nepal. He has over 25 years of engagement in Nepal's forestry sector as a government officer. He has worked as the chief of Nepal's REDD Implantation Centre and also the Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Coordinating Division of the Ministry of Forests and Environment. Dr Sindhu Prasad Dhungana holds a PhD degree in environmental science from Monash University and Masters in Resource Economics from Melbourne University, Australia.

    Ms Hasita Bhammar

    Hasita Bhammar

    Hasita Bhammar is an Environmental Specialist with the Global Wildlife Program and the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes program in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy global practice. She supports the coordination, knowledge management and communications between the global project and the national projects. She began her career in wildlife conservation at the age of 21 by setting up a tiger conservation program in the Pench Tiger Reserve in India. Hasita holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

    William Katonga

    William Katongo

    Mr. Katongo joined the public service 26 years ago and has worked in the department of Human Resource and Administration at various level including. He is now based at the Ministry of Tourism and Arts. He served as Assistant Director from 2013 to 2016, and at Director level from 2017 to date. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Copperbelt University and a Bachelor of Law degree from Zambia Open University.