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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 »

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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