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USA
On-Line Forum on Tourism and Environment at Harvard »

Global
Global On-Line Learning Project with TIES »

Latin America
Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism »

China
Sustainability Training Needs Rural and Urban China »

Bangladesh
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 »

Brazil
The Gems of Nature Tourism along the Estrada Real »

Sierra Leone
Social and Environmentally Responsible Tourism »

Kerala, India
Educational Centre for Ecotourism »

Honduras
Micro and Small Business Enterprise Feasibility »

Mexico
Regional Supply Chain Analysis for Community Tourism »

Cyprus
Sustainable Tourism Training Program »

California
Sustainable Tourism Market & Development for Imperial Beach »

Cambodia
Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism »

Sri Lanka
Model Rainforest Ecolodge »

Global
Market & Finance Analysis for Ecolodge Development »

Ecuador
International Market for Ecotourism in Indigenous Territories »

Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism
Latin America

Epler Wood managed the design, proposal process, and start-up for the Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism for the Planeterra Foundation, supported by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank and G Adventures-- a project to bring small community suppliers in 4 Latin America countries into international tourism supply chains. It is the largest, most ambitious project ever developed under the Planeterra Foundation banner.

The project connects small community-based projects into the G Adventures supply chain. Investments worth $500K are being provided by G Adventures to help build more comfortable home-stays near Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and on the shores of Lake Nicaragua in Ometepe, Nicaragua. A coffee tour on a fair trade coffee cooperative in Saripiqui, Costa Rica is being upgraded for commercial visitation. In the Machu Picchu region of Peru, a unique community farm-to-table restaurant is being developed and a community-owned campground.

$500K in training and management services are being provided by the MIF. All systems for the project were designed by Epler Wood. Product development procedures involve the community in careful deliberations regarding the preservation of their culture. Small grants will be provided to build local small microenterprises for people living in the same communities. Environmental management and community heritage goals will be primary goals to help mitigate project impacts. Green governance will be explored via funding for local fellowships to government officials, and training and support for local NGO counterparts ensures that locally knowledgeable experts will carry the project forward in the long-term.




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