EplerWood International
Tourism’s Invisible Burden Report »

Puerto Rico
Building a Resilient Ecotourism Industry in Puerto Rico Post Hurricane Maria »

Tourism and Environmental Health in a Changing Climate »

On-Line Forum on Tourism and Environment at Harvard »

Global On-Line Learning Project with TIES »

Latin America
Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism »

Sustainability Training Needs Rural and Urban China »

Community-Based Tourism in Protected Areas  »

Dominican Republic
Connecting Local Artisans to the Tourism Economy  »

El Salvador
Financial Sustainability of Parks and Sea Turtle Conservation Program »

El Salvador
Developing a Sustainable Tourism Economy »

The Gems of Nature Tourism along the Estrada Real »

Sierra Leone
Social and Environmentally Responsible Tourism »

Kerala, India
Educational Centre for Ecotourism »

Micro and Small Business Enterprise Feasibility »

Regional Supply Chain Analysis for Community Tourism »

Sustainable Tourism Training Program »

Sustainable Tourism Market & Development for Imperial Beach »

Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism »

Sri Lanka
Model Rainforest Ecolodge »

Market & Finance Analysis for Ecolodge Development »

International Market for Ecotourism in Indigenous Territories »

Model Rainforest Ecolodge
Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Rainforest EcoLodge project was seeking to diversify the tourism economy by offering a sustainable tourism product in the southern tea region outside the protected area. As Investment Promotion Officer for Nathan Associates’ Competitiveness Project for USAID, EplerWood International developed an Ecolodge Feasibility and Business Plan for a tea plantation on the border of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which encompassed site specific, phase-by-phase development recommendations, on the basis of sustainable infrastructure that would incorporate access to the wildlife and local biodiversity with local guides. This plan included socioeconomic and specific cultural recommendations for handling the relocation of the housing area of the company’s employees. A community forestry project was developed for the employees to manage a portion of the biodiverse, forested on private land. Benchmarking was established in cooperation with leading biodiversity experts from two local universities. The plan resulted in the Nathan Associates project winning a $900K Global Development Alliance matching award which helped to leverage $1 million in investment for the lodge from the private sector. The Rainforest Ecolodge is slated to open soon.   

Map of Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
The Rainforest Ecolodge

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