In the fifteen years that have passed since the Mohonk Agreement and the World Ecotourism Summit, which together set the groundwork to establish consistency among ecotourism standards and certification programs around the world, the ecotourism industry has grown rapidly. Since then, dozens of new standards and certifications for tourism have been created in hopes of achieving better results for the industry. However, few are specific to ecotourism and there is very little data indicating the use of standards and certifications, and their effectiveness in practice.
Contributing research to the development of IUCN WCC 2016 Resolution 060, Improving standards in ecotourism, and building on the original international standards and evaluation efforts of The International Ecotourism Society, Green Globe, Ecotourism Australia, Ecotourism Kenya, EplerWood International, HM Design, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, the Rainforest Alliance, and many others, a brief survey is presented here to collect data about current perceptions of ecotourism, its impact, and the use of standards. The purpose of this survey is to broaden the international dialog process and strengthen collaborative efforts for ecotourism across geographic and institutional sectors. Results from this survey will be used to draft a peer-reviewed paper and technical report for IUCN's Tourism and Protected Area Specialist group.
This survey is estimated to take 7-8 minutes to complete and is available in English, French, and Spanish by using the dropdown menu above. All answers will remain anonymous and confidential with respect to any published materials.
This research project was funded by the generous support of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and would not be possible without the help of industry experts including Dr. Kelly Bricker, University of Utah; Dr. Giles Jackson, Shenandoah University; Dr. Taylor Stein, University of Florida; Luca Santarossa, Federparchi Europarc Italia; Brian Mullis, Sustainable Travel International; Dr. Martha Honey, Center for Responsible Travel; Megan Epler Wood, EplerWood International; Hitesh Mehta, HM Design; and Dr. Gordon Geballe, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Thank you all for the thoughtful feedback and guidance.
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