EplerWood International
On-Line Forum on Tourism and Environment at Harvard »

Global On-Line Learning Project with TIES »

Latin America
Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism »

Sustainability Training Needs Rural and Urban China »

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 »

The Gems of Nature Tourism along the Estrada Real »

Sierra Leone
Social and Environmentally Responsible Tourism »

Kerala, India
Educational Centre for Ecotourism »

Micro and Small Business Enterprise Feasibility »

Regional Supply Chain Analysis for Community Tourism »

Sustainable Tourism Training Program »

Sustainable Tourism Market & Development for Imperial Beach »

Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism »

Sri Lanka
Model Rainforest Ecolodge »

Market & Finance Analysis for Ecolodge Development »

International Market for Ecotourism in Indigenous Territories »

Micro and Small Business Enterprise Feasibility

While conducting a review of a tourism best practices initiative and assisting local, North Coast SMEs, with competitiveness for Project MIRA of USAID Honduras, EplerWood International discovered that a large-scale coastal development project in Tela, funded by development agencies and the national government, had not included a full coastal impact analysis from the airport to the new development area, leaving communities, parks, and small businesses at substantial risk.

EplerWood International's report included urgent recommendations to the Honduran government for immediate assistance to communities and small businesses in the affected zone. A center for micro and small business competitiveness was recommended to provide local entrepreneurs the skills they would need to compete with in-coming well financed tourism development players. The Honduran government endorsed these recommendations.


Map, North Coast of Honduras

Native Energy

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