EplerWood International joined the national effort to rebuild Puerto Rico’s economy with an innovative project to develop a new course of action for tourism development on the island after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. This tough time in Puerto Rico’s history has been made worse by a plummeting tourism economy. The damage from Hurricane Maria is tragic, but it opens the door to new forms of tourism which can lead to greater sustainable development outcomes for local people.
EWI proposed a full review of the island for potential to develop an Alternative Tourism economy and worked with expert GIS planners, Geoadaptive, in Boston to manage the alternative tourism hub identification process. EWI handled community survey work, consultations with civil society and developed strategies for building an alternative tourism market economy with local enterprises. These outputs are part of a disaster recovery project led by the Rand Corporation for the Puerto Rico government, local civil society, and the U.S. Congress.