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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) (http://www.ecotourismconference.org/) presentation by Director, Spirit of Japan Travel, presented in September 2011. Organized by The …

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) (http://www.ecotourismconference.org/) presentation by Director, Spirit of Japan Travel, presented in September 2011. Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (http://www.ecotourism.org), the ESTC is a unique annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry.

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  • 1. This presentation was presented at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2011 (ESTC 2011), held in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, from September 19th-21st. Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the ESTC is a unique annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry.
    Learn more about the ESTC: http://www.ecotourismconference.org
    ESTC on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ESTC_Tourism
    ESTC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESTC.Tourism
    The International Ecotourism Society | web www.ecotourism.orgemail info@ecotourism.org | tel +1 202 506 5033
  • 2. tell us what you want to do for the ocean,
    we will take care of the rest!
    www.oceanfdn.org
  • 3. We Are Drawn to the Coasts
    over 50% of the world’s population lives within 40 miles of the coast
    in 2025, it will be 75%
    80% of all tourism takes place in coastal areas, particularly beaches and reefs
  • 4. But this creates challenges...
    managing community stability in an unstable global economy
    mitigating the effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems
    limiting anthropogenic impacts like invasive species, on-shore pollution and over-fishing
  • 5. Does Tourism Help or Hurt?
    can be focused on short-term gains and short term visitor interest
    can affect local culture and history
    can distort local job and housing markets
    can lead to degradation and overuse of natural resources
  • 6. Sustainability: Key to Success
    meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future
    sustainability reduces costs and increases efficiencies, and thus enhances profitability
    long-term protection of natural and community resources helps ensure the viability of the tourism operation
  • 7. Sustainable Development
    preserves the natural environment
    works to achieve a balance in the social equity of the community
    embraces the intrinsic aesthetic beauty of a location, builds loyalty to place
    achieves economic gains for all stakeholders
  • 8. What We Do
    empowering new donors
    supporting great organizations
    hosting meaningful projects
    fostering leadership capacity
  • 9. Our Lines of Business
    advised funds
    field of interest funds
    fiscal sponsorship funds
    “friends of” funds
    consulting services
  • 10. Our Resort Partnership Model
    create an autonomous, named foundation that is funded by the development and managed by TOF
    this long-term funding protects and enhances the ecology, society and economy of the community – and thus, the resort itself
    mechanism leverages independence into credibility and effectiveness
  • 11. The Role of The Foundation
    Grantmaker – supporting local charitable activities
    Facilitator – an independent 3rd party to convene stakeholders
    Advisor – help the developer to meet sustainability commitments
    Observer – inspect, evaluate and verify the principles of the resort
  • 12. Our Coastal Sustainable Development Standards
    developed in partnership with Sherwood Design Engineers
    adopted as a guide for developers by the state of Baja California Sur
    named one of the three “Best Sustainable Codes, Standards and Policies” in 2010 by the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • 13. Topics from CSD Standards
    project siting
    wastewater
    access & transport
    landscape & irrigation
    grading & drainage
    solid waste management
    energy needs
    potable water
    construction procedures
    watershed restoration
    golf course design
    marina design & construction
  • 14. An Example: Loreto Bay
    over US$1 million in grants made since 2004
    partners include developer, local businesses, government agencies, local and international NGOs
    love this place
    and its people
  • 15. Successes from Loreto Bay
    renovated the local school
    constructed the town hospital and veterinary clinic
    staffed the local marine park
    established the community environmental center
    facilitated disaster relief and aid after a hurricane
  • 16. "The environmental crises we face provide us with the most singular opportunity for greatness ever offered to any generation in any civilization.”
    - Roger Payne