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Sustainable Ecotourism

Lead Instructor: Megan Epler Wood, Lead Lecturer and owner, EplerWood International2

Global Sustainable Ecotourism Development: Achieving Economic Growth, Alleviation of Poverty, and Environmental ConservationA Five-Day, Intensive Summer Program for Professional Development or College Credit

Dates: July 12-16, 2010
Time: 8:00AM – 5:30PM and 6:00PM -8:00PM Monday, July 12, 2010
Location: UVM campus
Registration: Five day intensive either taken as a professional certificate program;
or three college credits.(View enrollment options3.)
Fees: Depend on the enrollment option you select. (View enrollment options3.)
Schedule: Daily program schedule for the week4

imageProgram Description:
In the past 20 years, ecotourism has emerged as one of the most dynamic and discussed tools for sustainable development. In the last 10 years, the field has been much enriched by a broad array of disciplines, particularly economic development and social/pro-poor development techniques. Ecotourism is now broadly and appropriately applied as a rural economic and sustainable development tool. Its successful application is based on a set of methodologies that all students and development practitioners require to be successful.

This course will look at the big picture of tourism development impacts and approaches to deliver low impact development. It will teach a holistic approach to planning and tourism development that reviews governments’ and international donors’ role in rural land development, stressing bioregional planning as a key tool for governments and their donors to move rural areas into a more thorough process for sustainable regional development.

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