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Ana Krvarić 1 year ago
Project Officer at WWF Adria
On the 28 October 2020, the MEET Network Secretariat hosted a public-facing webinar to announce the launch of its new online course on ecotourism product development in Mediterranean Protected Areas.
The course is made of two modules and is primarily directed at Protected Area staff interested in ecotourism development for their destination, but is also highly relevant to other stakeholders in the tourism and conservation sectors i.e. tourism boards, tour operators, sustainable tourism associations etc. The first module is on how to develop an ecotourism product following MEET´s tried and tested methodology, and the second on how to use the MEET DestiMED Calculator to measure the ecological footprint of the ecotourism product.#calculator #DestiMED #EcologicalFootprint #ecotourism #education #MEET #ProtectedArea
Ana Krvarić 2 years ago
Project Officer at WWF Adria
Find out what is the Ecological Footprint of your ecotourism itineraries with DestiMED’s Calculator.
The free online ecological footprint calculator was developed in cooperation with the support of the European programme Interreg-MED. It enables to measure and monitor the ecological footprint, based on the 4 main aspects of an ecotourism package, i.e. accommodation, food & drinks, mobility & transfer activities and services.#calculator #ecotourism #footprint
Andrea Solić 2 years ago
Programme Manager at WWF Adria
Can ecotourism deliver real economic, social, and environmental benefits? (interesting case from Costa Rica :-))
Doubt persists about ecotourism’s ability to make tangible contributions to conservation and deliver benefits for host communities. This work in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula tests the hypothesis that ecotourism in this region is more effective at improving well-being for local residents, at enhancing their access to key resources and information, and at supporting biodiversity conservation than other locally available economic sectors. Data from 128 semi-structured interviews with local
workers, both in ecotourism and in other occupations, together with associated research, indicate that ecotourism offers the best currently available employment opportunities, double the earnings of other livelihoods, and other linked benefits.
Locally, ecotourism is viewed as the activity contributing most to improvements in residents’ quality of life in the Osa Peninsula and to increased levels of financial and attitudinal support for parks and environmental conservation. Ecolodge ownership by local people is substantial, and many local ecotourism workers plan to launch their own businesses. The data offer a convincing rebuttal to arguments that ecotourism does little to address poverty or disparities in access to resources and equally rebuts claims that ecotourism is simply a part of the “neoliberal conservation toolkit” that cannot help but exacerbate the very inequalities it purports to address.
#CommunityDevelopment #conservation #CostaRica #ecotourism #impact
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