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The Jeju Olle Trail takes the user to experience beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, and caves that are inaccessible except through use of the trail. It was featured at the Second World Trails Conference in 2011.

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World Trails Network highlighted at Korea conference

By Melina Taylor, American Trails Magazine Staff Writer

 

The Second World Trails Conference

The Second World Trails Conference took place November 7-9, 2011 in the Seogwipo area of Jeju Island, South Korea. The goal is to pursue sustainable tourism while providing an excellent networking opportunity for trail groups around the world. The conference was organized by the Jeju Olle Foundation and the Jeju Tourism Organization, and hosted by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Jeju Leading Industry Development for the Economic Region.

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On the Jeju Olle Trail (photo by Melina Taylor)

Fourteen trail organizations attended to discuss the importance of trails and how to increase funding and trail user experience. Taking place over three days, issues concerning trail maintenance, repair, management, and fundraising were discussed and debated as well as the continuing development of the World Trails Network.

Keynote speakers, Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, Korean travel writer Biya Han invigorated the audience and reinforced the worldwide theme of “Walking this Planet.” The conference closed with an inspiring message from American Trails’ Executive Director Pam Gluck on the formation of the World Trails Network.

 

Participating Trail Associations/Organizations

Country - Name of Association/Organization - Name of Trail

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Attendees of the 2011 World Trail Conference (photo by Jeju Olle Foundation)

 

The World Trails Network

At the inaugural World Trail Conference in 2010 (also held on Jeju Island), The Jeju Olle Foundation planted the seeds to form the World Trails Network. The Network, which is organically evolving, will bring trail associations together from around the world to help provide support, training, and ideas, to encourage trails across the globe to become more environmentally friendly, sustainably developed, and user friendly.

“The World Trails Network has the potential to harness the combined wisdom of the participating organizations and beyond, and to support and encourage the collective dedication to trail initiatives around the world that exhibit values shared across diverse traditions,” said Gluck. At this year’s World Trail Conference, there was a definitive amount of support for such a network to be formed, and the process is continuing in establishing the guiding principles to complete the formation.

 

Learn more about the World Trails Network and the World Trail Conference:

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