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Epler Wood Releases Book:
January 2017
Megan Epler Wood releases her new book Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet in the Year of Sustainable Tourism

Harvard Student Paper 
February 2013
The Wasatch Mountains: Assessing the impact of Tourism Transportation Development Strategies (pdf) - Sidni Johnson

Harvard Student Paper 
February 2013
Strategies to Reduce Solid Waste for the Bus Transportation Industry in Bolivia - Estela Sologuren
Due to private financial information this paper cannot be published.  

Planeterra's Latest Work in Egypt
July 2012
Planeterra Foundation Supports Sustainable Development with Innovative Partnerships in Egypt  (pdf) - Laura Carroll

Harvard Student Paper
December 2011
O'Hare Urban Garden: A Sustainable Airport Food & Beverage Supply Chain Initiative (pdf) - Tracey Button

Harvard Student Paper
December 2011

Tourism and the Seneca Lake Wineries: Assessment of Water Impacts (pdf) - T.L. Griffin

Harvard Student Paper
December 2011

Los Angeles International Airport Noise Pollution: A Case Study of the Impact of the City on Inglewood (pdf) - Kabibi Adunagow

December 2010
Harvard Student Paper

Tourism and Atlantic Salmon Stocks: Assessing the Impact of a Tourism Development Strategy for the Penobscot River (pdf) - Alexander D. Migel

December 2010
Harvard Student Paper

A Study of Sustainability at RV Parks (pdf) - Linda Powers Tomasso

December 2010
Harvard Student Paper

The Development of Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Policy Recommendations (pdf) - Kayvon C. Ross

November 2010

Ecotourism Then & Now: Community Ecotourism on the Frontiers of Global Development (pdf)

April 2010
Ecotourism Then & Now: Business Pioneers Forge Green Tourism Models (pdf)

February 2010
Ecotourism Then & Now: Ecotourism Society Launched in 1990 to Assist Parks (pdf)

August 2009

Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) of Tourism in the Sundarbans Reserve Forest, Bangladesh (pdf)

April 2009

Teknaf Peninsula Community-Based Ecotourism Strategy, Bangladesh (pdf)

May 2008
Community-Based Tourism
Enterprise in Latin America (pdf)

November 2005
Final Ecotourism Emerging Industry
Report Executive Summary (pdf)

November 2005
Final Ecotourism Emerging Industry
Report Full Report (pdf)

October 2005
Stepping Up:
Creating a Sustainable Tourism
Enterprise Strategy that Delivers
in the Developing World (pdf)

April 2005
Special Report:
Inter-American Develpment Bank
Sustainable Policies & Directions

February 2005
Sustainable Tourism in the Face
of Tragedy (pdf)

October 2004
Evaluating Ecotourism as a Community
and Economic Development Strategy (pdf)

June 2004
A Triple Bottom Line Framework for
Sustainable Tourism Development
for International Donors (pdf)

March 2004
The Green Market Gap (pdf)

October 2003
Community Conservation and
Commerce (pdf)

May 2003
Ethical Marketing (pdf)

February 2003
Business Success and Biodiversity
Conservation (pdf)

Megan Epler Wood Releases New Book Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet in Year of Sustainable Tourism
January, 2017

Technology and the growing global middle class are driving a travel revolution which is causing escalating impacts on fragile ecosystems, human health and social systems. Unreported data on the worldwide biophysical impacts of tourism uncovered in the new book, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet, indicate that valuable destinations are on the verge of being irreparably harmed. New disciplinary approaches are needed to support the transition to lower impact tourism development worldwide. The tourism industry is one of the most dynamic industries on the planet with a global footprint that is largely unmanaged. While tourism development brings wealth and benefits to a wide range of residents in economies worldwide, much stronger systems are required to lower escalating impacts on some of the most beautiful landscapes, watersheds, natural socio-cultural and historical treasures in the world.

This new book helps all those involved in international tourism develop the new skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand over the next 50 years. Each subsector of the tourism economy - hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, aviation and airports and destinations are investigated separately to provide a framework for professionals and students to undertake research and work locally to follow through with quantitative reviews of environmental and sustainable development needs for industry and destinations.

Far reaching recommendations are made for global institutions to lower tourism's rapidly escalating carbon impacts and protect the health and well-being of local populations, ecosystems, cultures, and monuments worldwide.   

A new website for the book captures reviews, events, the blog in the Huffington Post and more!

EplerWood International Publications

EplerWood International research and publication program focuses on ethical markets, investment, and triple bottom line monitoring of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. We develop and collaborate on state-of-the art information to help generate the most practical and realistic approaches to achieving triple bottom line benefits. We seek to create an environment where consultants, NGOs, researchers and business people work together to develop the most useful information tools for the development of ecotourism and sustainable tourism worldwide.


Setting Sustainability Standards for Wildlife Tourism in Southern Africa
February, 2013 Steven Gluck
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The Wasatch Mountains: Assessing the Impact of Tourism Transportation Development Strategies 
February, 2013 Sidni Johnson
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Laura Carroll, a Planeterra student researcher, shares about her time in Egypt working on Planeterra's three new partnerships. 

The O'Hare Urban Garden: A Sustainable Airport Food & Beverage Supply Chain Initiative
December, 2011 Tracey Button
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Tourism and the Seneca Lake Wineries: Assessment of Water Impacts
December, 2011 T.L. Griffin
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Los Angeles International Airport Noise Pollution: A Case Study of the Impact on the City of Inglewood
December, 2011 Kabibi Adunagow
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Megan Epler Wood launches column for The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) 20th Anniversary, Ecotourism Then and Now, on the history of TIES and its legacy.
Column 1 February 2010, Ecotourism Society Launched in 1990 to Assist Parks (pdf)
Column 2 April 2010, Business Pioneers Forge Green Tourism Models (pdf)
Column 3 November 2010, Community Ecotourism on the Frontiers of Global Development (pdf)

VISION on Sustainable Tourism Publications:
Post-Conflict Models for Sustainable Tourism
June, 2009 Megan Epler Wood
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Tourism Change We Can Believe In
January, 2009 Megan Epler Wood
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Ecotourism Needs More Links to Social Enterprise
October 7, 2008 Megan Epler Wood
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Community-Based Tourism Enterprise In Latin America
Triple Bottom Line Outcomes of 27 Projects
May 2008 Holly M. Jones, EplerWood International

EplerWood International fostered the work of Holly M. Jones to do a study on the triple bottom line outcomes of community-based tourism projects in Latin America. This study seeks to understand how the investment by NGOs and donors has led communities to manage their tourism cash flow to meet community and conservation objectives without the capacity to account for or build long-term business profitability.

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