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USA
On-Line Forum on Tourism and Environment at Harvard »

Global
Global On-Line Learning Project with TIES »

Latin America
Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism »

China
Sustainability Training Needs Rural and Urban China »

Bangladesh
Community-Based Tourism in Protected Areas  »

Dominican Republic
Connecting Local Artisans to the Tourism Economy  »

El Salvador
Financial Sustainability of Parks and Sea Turtle Conservation Program »

El Salvador
Developing a Sustainable Tourism Economy »

Brazil
The Gems of Nature Tourism along the Estrada Real »

Sierra Leone
Social and Environmentally Responsible Tourism »

Kerala, India
Educational Centre for Ecotourism »

Honduras
Micro and Small Business Enterprise Feasibility »

Mexico
Regional Supply Chain Analysis for Community Tourism »

Cyprus
Sustainable Tourism Training Program »

California
Sustainable Tourism Market & Development for Imperial Beach »

Cambodia
Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism »

Sri Lanka
Model Rainforest Ecolodge »

Global
Market & Finance Analysis for Ecolodge Development »

Ecuador
International Market for Ecotourism in Indigenous Territories »

Model Rainforest Ecolodge
Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Rainforest EcoLodge project was seeking to diversify the tourism economy by offering a sustainable tourism product in the southern tea region outside the protected area. As Investment Promotion Officer for Nathan Associates’ Competitiveness Project for USAID, EplerWood International developed an Ecolodge Feasibility and Business Plan for a tea plantation on the border of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which encompassed site specific, phase-by-phase development recommendations, on the basis of sustainable infrastructure that would incorporate access to the wildlife and local biodiversity with local guides. This plan included socioeconomic and specific cultural recommendations for handling the relocation of the housing area of the company’s employees. A community forestry project was developed for the employees to manage a portion of the biodiverse, forested on private land. Benchmarking was established in cooperation with leading biodiversity experts from two local universities. The plan resulted in the Nathan Associates project winning a $900K Global Development Alliance matching award which helped to leverage $1 million in investment for the lodge from the private sector. The Rainforest Ecolodge is slated to open soon.   
  

Links
Map of Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
The Rainforest Ecolodge



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