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Megan Epler Wood named director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment.

The International Sustainable Tourism Initiative helps tourism industry leaders, policy makers, and civil society ensure that tourism improves the health and well-being of people and ecosystems worldwide. It envisions a future in which tourism leaders:

  • Become full partners in all major international conversations that aim to develop economic and environmental solutions for the future of our planet and its residents.
  • Possess reliable data and research about tourism’s impacts on global health and the environment.
  • Create visionary regional plans for tourism development that protect investments, respond to climate change, and secure ecosystems and human health
  • Develop innovative, shared solutions that manage waste and waste water, and protect clean water and air as part of the cost of doing business.
  • Have ready access to a professional workforce that uses scientific and data-driven environmental management procedures for managing tourism development. 
Read more here: http://www.chgeharvard.org/about-this-program/our-vision-2.
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25th Anniversary of The International Ecotourism Society

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), founded in 1990, is celebrating its 25th year in 2015! In honor of this anniversary, Megan Epler Wood posted her series, Ecotourism: Then and Nowon Academia.edu. The three part series, written in 2010 for TIES, gives the history of ecotourism and its linkages to parks, businesses, and communities.

TIES was the first organization in the world fully dedicated to the question of utilizing tourism as a sustainable development tool. Epler Wood, the founder of TIES, will continue to post valuable articles on this site and on her Linked In page which track the history and role of ecotourism in the conservation of natural areas and contributions made to the well-being of local people worldwide.