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Ecotourism and Sustainable Developmentt


Friday, March 28, 2014, North Campus, Room 3249,  12:30 - 4:30 pm
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Awarding 6 hours of Professional Development
(In Application Process - 4 hours Face-to-Face, 2 hours post-workshop)

Workshop Description:
This workshop will explore ecotourism as a lens to understand the triple bottom line of sustainable development.  According to the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism is "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990). An overview of how ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability, as well as how it typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions, will be covered.  Additionally, attention will be given to how ecotourism is intended to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats, and enhance understanding of the cultural integrity of indigenous people while promoting energy efficiency, water conservation and providing economic opportunities for local communities. In addition, participants will be introduced to a newly created Library (LIB) guide to assist faculty in exploring ecotourism in the classroom.

Participants in this workshop will be able to:

-Define ecotourism
-List the seven characteristics of ecotourism
-Describe how ecotourism builds environmental awareness
-Explain the importance of the need to be culturally and environmentally sensitive when traveling to natural destinations
-List how ecotourism supports and financially benefits conservation efforts and local people
-Use the subject of ecotourism and sustainable development as a lens to explore course objectives

Evaluation will include completion of the workshop.  Additionally, participants shall either, a) collaborate with other faculty on a project involving students  b) create a discipline-specific lesson plan that incorporates the key components of ecotourism, sustainable development, or sustainability.  Paper or lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop.

Martha Honey, Ph.D., is co-founder and Co-Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), and heads the Washington, DC office. Over the last two decades, she has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, Travelers’ Philanthropy, cruise and resort tourism, and certification issues. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1999 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She is currently writing a book on coastal and cruise tourism (Selling Sunshine, Island Press, 2014).Previously, Martha worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa and Central America and holds a Ph.D. in African history. She was Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003 to 2006.

Martha was named one of world’s top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel “watchdogs” (CondeNast Traveler, 2008).

Maria Casado is a librarian at the MDC North Campus and serves on the Earth Ethics Institute Council.

Chris Migliaccio is faculty in the MDC Wolfson Campus Natural Science department. He has traveled extensively and served as facilitator of Study Abroad courses in Costa Rica both for MDC faculty, at the graduate level, and for MDC undergraduate Honors College students.

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