Two additional Co-Chairs for the joint CEESP/WCPA Theme on Indigenous Peoples Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas (TILCEPA) have been appointed to work with Nigel Crawhall in the lead-up to the World Parks Congress. Prof. Amran Hamzah from Malaysia and Dr Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat from Hawai’i.
Prof. Amran Hamzah
Amran Hamzah is a Co-Chair of TILCEPA. He is a Professor in Tourism Planning and the Director of the Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CiPD) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is also active in research and consultancy in the field of tourism planning and development and has led more than 50 consultancy projects internationally and within Malaysia. His area of specialisation is the interface between biodiversity conservation and Community Based Tourism. His current research is on the Asian Protected Areas Philosophy which examines how traditional knowledge and community management principles of various communities in Asia could be integrated into mainstream planning and development.
Trisha Kehaulani Watson
Trisha Kehaulani Watson is a Co-Chair of TILCEPA. From Hawai‘I Trisha has a JD and PhD. She was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu to which she has long ancestral ties. She obtained her degrees from Washington State University and the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. Her legal background is in environmental law. Her PhD studies focused on indigenous epistemologies and traditional natural resource management. She previously worked in administration at the University of Hawai‘i on special projects related to culture and research issues. She currently runs her own consulting company, Honua Consulting (www.honuaconsulting.com) that focuses on biocultural resource planning and management in Hawai‘i.