ENVR E-118A: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions including Central America, Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean. Students learn the fundamentals of developing an ecotourism business. They prepare triple bottom line business plans which respond to an analysis of local needs, markets, and the availability of local supply chains. Students also learn how to prepare a monitoring plan for their business via integrated annual reporting methods. Case studies of award winning ecotourism businesses are included, with lectures from some of the most prominent leaders in ecotourism business development worldwide.


Megan Epler Wood







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