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Puerto Rico
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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 »

Social and Environmentally Responsible Tourism
Sierra Leone

Forty kilometers of pristine beaches, mountains and rivers are at the heart of this conservation and development project. As the Senior Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Specialist for Sustainable Tourism, under the Foreign Investment Advisory Service of World Bank/IFC and DFID, EplerWood International created the regional action plan that will help structure the development of the nation’s most beautiful and accessible natural asset, The Western Peninsula. It will also create a concession program that will enable the country to generate revenue from its protected areas and historic sites in cooperation with experienced NGOs and the private sector, and finance further protection of fragile natural and cultural sites throughout the nation. The project identified the urgent need to preserve Bunce Island, one of the most historically important slave castles in West Africa, which remains in a near state of collapse due to the civil war. This island, which was one of the primary points of sale for slaves destined to the rice coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, was named by the World Monument Fund as one of the most endangered monuments in the world in 2007. EplerWood International is working with experts in historic preservation to lobby for the funds to secure this historic resource.

The EplerWood International report for the World Bank found that post-conflict countries like Sierra Leone face enormous barriers to investment for the development of tourism, but by tapping more patient and socially motivated capital that forges business and social agendas they may have better success. The EplerWood action plan resulted in leveraging $900K from DFID/World Bank to continue sustainable tourism planning in Sierra Leone.


Map of Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone
Bunce Island Description, Visit Sierra Leone
Endangered Monument Watch Map

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