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What's New at EWI

Bringing Destination Management Tools to Local Decision Makers 

The International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI)Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health is honing next generation tools to deliver on questions of managing tourism growth working with EplerWood International.

Smart Destination Management

The concept of Overtourism has driven a global debate on the impacts of tourism in top destinations worldwide. Innovations in master planning systems are required to ensure local people can interact effectively with governments and the industry decision-makers they frequently serve. In future, local citizens and destination planners can gather vital data to manage key natural and cultural resources; review options for sustainable, efficient infrastructure; and design productive common grounds which prevent overburdening local assets and foster productive exchange between visitors and locals. 

Study with Harvard Extension this Spring for our new course - Regional Planning, Sustainable Tourism and Geodesign.

Skift Podcast

Listen to Megan Epler Wood's podcast with Skift Magazine on Overtourism for more insights. 

Featured Projects

Tourism and Environmental Health in a Changing Climate

Around the world, global destinations will be increasingly threatened by sea level rise, and billions of dollars in coastal development are in jeopardy. All tourism economies, and coastal areas in particular face increasing threats from climate change. Time is of the essence. Harvard's ISTI has launched a new framework for managing the impacts of climate change on destinations based on the Paris Accord. Read more here. 

GIZ Supports Project for Governments to Manage Tourism Destinations using Paris Accord

EplerWood International is partnered with Harvard to support the country of Tunisia with the first framework for Environmental Health in a Changing Climate with the support of GIZ. Destinations to be tested are Tozeur and Djerba. This framework links Tunisia's existing plan to lower their national GHG emissions with efforts to rebuild their tourism economy after the Arab Spring using green technology solutions. Read More about the Tunisia Project here.