With a steadily growing economic partnership, EU and ASEAN entered into negotiations for a FTA in 2007, and Eco-tourism has been identified as one of the key areas for deeper cooperation. As one of the ASEAN countries looking to developing sustainable tourism, Thailand has commissioned the production of a first guidebook on the subject, entitled “Travel Green Thailand”. This guidebook gives not only useful travel tips and advice, but also highlights the benefits of stronger EU-ASEAN cooperation in the field of eco-tourism.
In this talk, Mr Richard Werly, the main author of “Travel Green Thailand”, will be sharing his insights and perspectives on how EU and ASEAN could deepen cooperation in eco-tourism as one of the sectors contributing to sustainable development of the Southeast Asian region.
This free talk is jointly organized by the European Union Centre, the Asia-Europe Foundation, and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. It will be held at the ASEF Conference Room on Thursday, 15 October 2009, 4.00pm-5.30pm.
Richard Werly, is the European Bureau Chief, based in Brussels, for the Swiss daily "Le Temps". He covers, in this capacity, the European Union and Nato. A former correspondent in Bangkok and Tokyo, Mr Werly has kept in regular touch with Southeast Asia since the beginning of the 90's, reporting on numerous crucial events for the region such as the 2004 Tsunami, on which he authored a bestselling essay, critical of the post-catastrophe wave of international humanitarian assistance: "Tsunami, la vérité humanitaire". He was awarded in 2007 the Nicolas Bouvier Swiss Press Award for his essay on the Southeast Asian Tsunami.