“People do not travel, it’s trips that make people”
John Steinbeck

PROGRAM

DAY 1 – Wednesday, ​26 September 2018Registration from 9:00 to 13:00
​Pre-Conference Meetings and Conference Opening Evening
TimeVenue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social
8:45
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12:30
Access to Venue Centro ABANCA Obra Social for Regional Hubs / Association meetings:

  • 8:45 – 9:30 WTN BOARD MEETING
    Venue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social (2nd Floor) – By Invitation
  • 10:00 – 12:30 INTERNATIONAL TASK TEAM REPORTS, STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT
    Venue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social ( 2nd Floor) – All Members of World Trails Network
  • 8:45 – 11:30 SETUP – Trail Exhibition
    The Trail Exhibition will run throughout the event and will close on Friday – posters,
    marketing materials.
    Venue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social Foyer Areas
17:00
19:00
Free Tour of the Old City and everyone is welcome
19:00
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20:00
Opening Welcome Address

  • Representatives of the Regional Government of Galicia (Xunta de Galicia)
    • Chair of World Trails Network (WTN)
    • Japan Hand over
    • Welcome address

Opening of the Trails Exhibition

Short introductory welcome speech highlighting the value of trails to tourism.

Venue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social

20:00
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22:00
Tapas with the World Trails – Welcome tapas for all delegates

Venue – St. Martin Pinario’s Cloister, Santiago de Compostela

DAY 2 – Thursday, ​27 September 2018 Registration from 9:00 to 13:00
​Start of Conference
TimeVenue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social 1 – 1st FloorCentro ABANCA Obra Social Room 2 – 3rd Floor
9:00
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10:30
​Session 1A ​ ​Trails and Nature

Transcarioca Trail: How volunteers can link urban
protected areas into a continuous green patch
Pedro Cunha e Menezes

The Appalachian Trail in an Age of Climate Change
Laura Belleville

Perceptions of tourists on trail use and
management implications for Kakamega Forest,
Western Kenya
Oscar Kambona Ouma

Norwegian Scenic Trails
Trygve Sunde Kolderup

Geo-ecological Approach in Trail Management in
Protected Areas of Lake Baikal Region
Natalia Luzhkova

Moderator: Anna Carolina Lobo

Session 1BSpecial Session

Kumano Kodo and Way of St. James

Spiritual Pilgrimages – Dual Experience Santiago
Kumano

  • Dual Pilgrim Video Release
  • Overview of the Initiative
  • Panel Discussion

A “Dual Pilgrim” is someone who has walked both
the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James. Dual
Pilgrim panel discussion on the meaning and value
of experiencing these two internationally renowned
pilgrimage routes first hand.
Moderators: Flavia Ramil Millarengo, Brad Towle

Kumano-Santiago 20 Years of Twinning Agreement
of Two World Heritage Pilgrimage Paths
Representatives of Wakayama Prefecture
and Xunta de Galicia

10:30
10:45
Short Break
10:45
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12:15
Session 2A ​ ​Trails and Technology

Mobile applications -​ a tool for conservation and public engagement on natural trails – the eTrilhas platform and the Transcarioca Trail Case
Paula Rascão

Leveraging PPGIS and VGIS Data, Tools and Technologies to Improve Trail Assessment andManagement
Jeremy Wimpey

The Latest Trail Technology – Crowdsourcing, Maps and Apps
Nate Irwin

Hiking Apps as a Value for Rural Tourism
Jose Barbosa

Create Digital Travel Guides with your Phone
Alina Ovesea

Digital Trail Management and Platform based Content Marketing
Hartmut Wimmer

Green Flag Trails – an Online Trail Assessment and Trail Auditing Platform
Galeo Saintz

Moderated by​ Jeremy Wimpey

Session 2BTrails and Cultural Heritage

Dynamic Natural & Cultural Heritage Conservation – Holistic approach to trail network development on Kythera Island, Greece
Rigas Zafeirou

The GR 22 and other Trancoso’s Trails
Marco Santos

Lebanon Mountain Trail Community Based Trail
Martine Btaich

Trailing Heritage: Developing the Paete Artisan
Crafts Route and Rural Regeneration
Mairene Leynes Arizala

Culture, Nature and Pilgrimage in Europe – Incentives for Health and Travel Routes                                                                                      José María Ballester

Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil-​ ​Walk a Path of History, Experience Nature and Hospitality
Thomas van Gool

Discussion and Outcomes inform the projects, guidelines & standards of the:
World Trails Network                                                                
International Task Team – Trails and Culture

Moderated by​ ​Hüseyin Eryurt

12:15
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12:45
Coffe and Tea Break
12:45
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14:15
Session 3A ​ ​Trails and Management

The Role and Best Practices of Waymarking
András J. Molnár

Management and Promotion of the Pilgrims Routes of St. James over 25 years
Rafael Sánchez Bargiela

Developing the Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Trail
Brian Quinn

Managing National and Long Distance Scenic Trails
Nathan Reigner

Ecologically Sensitive Trail Design and Construction for Communities and Culture                                                 Nick Bowman

Moderator:​ Nathan Reigner

Session 3BSpecial Session

Trails and Nature
Trails are critical to all Protected Areas. They give access to the public, communicate the value of the conserved area, foster a new generation of nature custodians and establish nature connection.

Moderated discussion to share examples and develop best practices and develop recommendations.

Outcomes inform the projects, guidelines & standards of the:
World Trails Network                                                                   International Task Team – Trails and Nature

Moderated by Anna Carolina Lobo

14:15
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16:00

Break – Please explore the many cafes and restaurants close to the venue for lunch.

TimeVenue – Centro ABANCA Obra Social 1 – 1st FloorCentro ABANCA Obra Social Room 2 – 3rd Floor
16:00
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17:30
Session 4A ​ ​Pilgrimage Routes and Trails

Paths of Pilgrimage for Hope and a Culture of Peace ​- a network of routes for the Near East
Paolo Caucci von Saucken

The Protection of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Way of St. James in Galicia
María del Carmen Martínez Ínsua

Tamshui-Kavalan Historical and Cultural Routes
the Long-Distance Trails Relinking History

Sheng-Hsin Chou

Pilgrimage Trail Network and Events in Central Europe -​ Current State & Past Experiences
András J. Molnár

The Way of St Francis of Assisi ​– A True Italian Walking Experience
Gianluigi Bettin

Listening to the Land, Sea and Each Other​– A Walking Journey in Iceland
Henry Fletcher

Session 4BSpecial Session

Towns and Trails

Urban trails are an essential city infrastructure addressing issues from transportation to recreation and wellbeing.

  • Making the Connection for Conservation
  • Connecting Trails for Transport

Outcomes inform the projects, guidelines & standards of the:
World Trails Network                                                                   International Task Team – Trails and Cities

Moderated by ​Kate Harbour and Kara Wooldrik

18:00
20:00
Optional Free Trip to City Gardens
20:00
22:00
Camino Fiesta – Party and Drinks / Street Party
Venue​ – Hostal-Parador Reyes Católicos (Square of Obradoiro). Included in Conference fee.
DAY 3 – Friday, ​28 September 2018 Registration from 9:00 to 13:00
​Start of Conference
TimeCentro ABANCA Obra Social 1 – 1st FloorCentro ABANCA Obra Social Room 2 – 3rd Floor
9:00
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10:30

Session 5A ​ ​Trails Sustainability

Investigating Trail Alignment Measurement Methods ​– Improve Understanding of Trail Sustainability, Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Fletcher Meadema

Managing 7,000 km of Trail Experiences at Parks Canada – ​a Principle-Based Approach
Véronique Pelletier and François Duclos

Developing and Maintaining a Sustainable Campsite Inventory: ​Factors Influencing Campsite Size on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, USA
Johanna Arredondo

Collaboratively Working Toward Visitor Use Management Solutions for the Appalachian Trail
Laura Belleville and Nathaniel Scrimshaw

What if each hiker would protect the environment when walking ?
Nicolas Gluzman

The South West Coast Path ​- Creating an Economic and Environmentally Sustainable Asset
Esther Pearson

Session 5B ​ Trails and Tourism

Hikers Friendly Hotels – An Act of Responsibility
Fivos Tsaravopoulos

The Brazilian System of Long Distance Trails. ​A 10.000 km trails network in the making.
Virgilio Brenes-Cambronero

Sendero Pacifico, Costa Rica​ – Forging Connections
Johanna Arredondo

Portuguese Trails
João Portugal

San Rosendo Way
María González

O Camiño dos Faros (Lighthouse Way) ​- Galicia
Traski Costa da Morte

Galician-Portuguese Marian Path ​– Pilgrimage through the Marian Shrines to the End of the World
José Antonio de la Riera

Armenia: Hiking Towards a Brighter Future
Ardag Kosian

 

10:30
10:45
Short Break
10:45
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12:15

Session 6A ​ ​Trails and Economics

Village to Village Trails in the Middle East
Case Studies for Sustainable Trail Development

Shay Rabineau

Case Study: The South West Coast Path ​– Creating an economic and environmentally sustainable asset
Julian Gray

Camino de Santiago and Local Population
Economic Benefits for Rural Communities

Melchor Fernández

Why Walk the Middle East?
Odate Hanna

Economic case for Private Trail Organizations
Kara Wooldrik

Trail experiences and Social Benefits of Trails Building a Trail in Saudi Arabia
Martina Sedlakova

Empowering Village Woman On The Lycian Way
Hüseyin Eryurt

Session 6B ​ Special Session

Trails and Tourism
Accreditation of trails can contribute to tourism and peace of mind by international travelers. Green Flag Trails International is a methodology for conveying the accurate information about a trail and that it is under sustainable management.

What makes a world class trail or trail network?
Janet Mackay

Moderated discussion to share examples.

Outcomes inform the projects, guidelines & standards of the:
World Trails Network                                                                International Task Team – Trails and Tourism

Moderated by​ ​Hüseyin Eryurt

 

12:15
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12:45
Coffe and Tea Break
12:45
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14:15

Session 7A ​ ​Future of Trails and Trends

Inspiring and Educating the Rising Generation of Trail Stewards
Delia Clark

Attracting More of the Right People onto your Local Trails
Melina Mellino

The Latest Trail Technology – Crowdsourcing, Maps and Apps
Nate Irwin

The Future of Trail Advocacy
Nick Bowman

Braga Hiking Trail Network
Alpoim Nuno

Building a Trail Culture
Blake Dyason

Walking Towards a Clean and Healthy Future
Kadri Maripuu

 

Session 7B ​ Special Session

Trails and Sustainability

Sustainable trails are quality trails. How do trails globally meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

  • Exceeding Carrying Capacity -​ ​Nat Scrimshaw

Moderated discussion to share examples and develop best practices and develop recommendations.

Outcomes inform the projects, guidelines & standards of the:
World Trails Network                                                                   International Task Team – Trails and SustainabilityCities

Moderated by ​Kerstin Stender

14:15
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16:00

Break – Please explore the many cafes and restaurants close to the venue for lunch.

16:00
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17:30

Session 8A ​ ​International Friendship Trails

International Field Schools ​- A practical model for networking trails organizations around the world
Nat Scrimshaw

Friendship Trails ​– Exchange of Experience, Culture, and Beyond.
Rachel Kim

Preservation of the Cultural Heritage and Values of the European Pilgrimage Routes
Francisco Millán Mon

The Pilgrimage to Santiago and the International Network of Brotherhoods of St. James
Segundo L. Pérez López

Way of Santiago and Kumano Kodo: From Their Origins to Their Twinning today
Lara Lorenzo Iglesias

Moderated by ​Jackie Randle

Session 8BSpecial Session

Trails, Marketing, Media and Events
Promoting Trails

  • Garcia Palmeiro & ​Cristóbal Ramírez
  • Expeditions – Zak Klein

Discussion to develop campaigns for the International World Trails Day and international marketing of trails.

Outcomes inform the projects, guidelines & standards of the:
World Trails Network                                                                   International Task Team – Trails and Events

Moderated by ​Galeo Saintz

19:00
21:00
Dinner Out – Delegates find their own dinner
DAY 4 – Saturday, ​29 September 2018ABANCA Auditorium. Open to the Public
10:00 – 10:30Welcome Address​ – Simultaneous interpreting
10:30 – 11:00Keynote Speaker​ – Manuel Butler Halter UNWTO Executive Director
11:05 – 11:30Inspirational Address ​- Leon McCarron (Pending)
11:30 – 12:30

“Trails of the World” Presentations by Participating Organizations
Simultaneous interpreting. 6 minutes each – ​20 images, 20 seconds per image

Walking Resort Tottori ​- Japan ​ (Ueno)
Westfjords Trail ​- Iceland (​ Fletcher)
Great Himalayan Trail​ – Nepal ​(Baral)
Jeju Olle​ – South Korea (​ Kim)
Kythera Hiking​ – Greece ​(Rigas)
Transcarioca​ – Brazil ​(Anna Carolina)
Sendero Pacifico ​- Costa Rica ​(Virgilio)
Lebanon Trail​ – Lebanon​ (Martine)

12:30 – 13:00Break
13:00 – 13:30

Trail Visionaries Expedition from Tottori, Japan​The Trail Manifesto

13:30 – 14:00

Global Patron of the World Trails Network​ – Announcement

14:00 – 15:30Break – Please explore the many cafes and restaurants close to the venue for lunch.
15:30 – 16:30“Trails of the World” Presentations by Participating Organizations
Simultaneous interpreting. 6 minutes each – ​20 images, 20 seconds per image

Kumano Kodo​ – Japan ​(Towle)
Appalachian Trail​ – United States of America ​(Laura)
South West Coast Path ​- England ​(Julian)
Bibbulmun Track​ – Australia (​ Stender)
Thousand Miles Trail​ – Taiwan (​ Sheng)
Parks Canada​ – Canada​ (Veronique)
Jordan Trail​ -​ Jordan​ (Martine)
Tibetan Plateau Trail ​– ​Tibet​ (Jingjiang)

17:00 – 17:45The Santiago de Compostela World Trails -​ Hope for Trails Commitment
Feedback to delegates and the public on the outcomes of the conference and resolutions.
Nava Castro, Director of Turismo de Galicia
17:45 – 18:00Closing Ceremony
Representative from the Galician Regional Government

Chair of World Trails Network

18:00 – 20:00Dinner Out – Delegates find their own dinner. . . be back in time for the film festival
20:00 – 22:00INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL​ -​ ​ A WORLD OF TRAILS​ – Premiere Launch Event.

Open to public
Venue: Auditorio ABANCA Main Hall

DAY 5 – Sunday, ​30 September 2018
Optional Post-Conference Camino Route Tours and Field Trips ​(Ensure you register online)

I Routes on the French Way
II Routes through Camino de Fisterra and Muxía

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