Sustainable Tourism Bank Watch

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Son of Foundations

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Perhaps I have gotten my foundations mixed up. Which foundation funded BEST and the TIES projects on green certification?

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References on Multilateral and Bilateral Ecotourism Policy

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The question of bank policies is a subject I have been pursuing since I helped launch 2 Ecotourism Development Policy Forums in the 1990s as President of TIES in which a variety of bank representatives were asked to present their existing policies and case studies of model ecotourism projects were presented to them. The results of these forums have been published. The first by Don Hawkins of George Washington University in the Ecolodge Sourcebook, TIES, 1995. The second in Ecotourism, Principles, Policies and Practices for Sustainability - under Development Banks - UNEP and TIES, 2002, Megan Epler Wood author available online at the UNEP Industry and Environment site.

The second forum in particular began to look at the problem of "failure" of bank projects, and there were numerous examples presented of why bank funding has not been appropriately targeted, and solutions are also presented in my book, that were discussed with World Bank and IADB at that time. These solutions are still relevant. A study was also done by Sylvie Blangy at that time for a consulting firm called SECA in French on the French GEF, which found a high failure rate of projects in the 1990s. This document is perhaps available through Ms. Blangy.

I have continued to track this topic in my role as writer, researcher and consultant. The information on how much development banks have funded has also been vigorously pursued by George Washington University (GWU).

Here is one key reference on this topic which relies on the GWU research for the section on development banks.

Christ et al, 2003. Tourism and Biodiversity, Conservation International, Washington, D.C... This publication does not speak of success or failure rate. It documents that there has been an investment in tourism development projects by donors of $5 billion over 5 years, in approximately 320 tourism-related projects. It is noted that only 17% of these projects include tourism in their title. The authors note, "that development agencies do not seem to fully recognize the importance of oturism as a sustainable developmetn tool, or they are concerned about criticism resulting from poor environmental track record of tourism development projects in the 1970s and 80s. This lack of definition makes it more difficult to study the scope and volume of tourism-related conservation projects."

This same study suggests that a group of 35 international experts surveyed in 2002 believe that bilateral and multilateral aid agencies and government entities will most likely be the leading source of funding for sustainable and ecotourism development (no dates given). Development agency staff surveyed found their role to be much less important that the experts did, indicating that development agencies may be unaware of their role in influencing actors on the ground during critical phases of development.

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IADB Workshop

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Forwarding news bulletin

IDB Procurement Workshop:
Business Opportunities with Latin America and the Caribbean through the IDB Group

The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies (The City University of
New York) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) would like to
invite you to attend Business Opportunities with Latin America and the
Caribbean through the IDB Group, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at The Graduate Center in New York City (365 Fifth Avenue).

The seminar will cover an overview of the IDB, project cycle (how to track
business opportunities), sources of information, current lending
priorities, procurement opportunities, opportunities in the private sector
financing activities by the IDB Group and remittance. In addition, there
will be one-on-one sessions in the afternoon to discuss issues of your
interests with IDB Group representatives.

The IDB is the largest multilateral provider of development financing for
Latin America and the Caribbean, with a cumulative lending of $118 billion,
offering substantial business opportunities to the private sector. The Bank
has an annual lending capacity of $8.5 billion and is generating business
opportunities in the form of approximately 13,000 activities.

For information on the speakers and the preliminary agenda for this event
please visit
>> http://web.gc.cuny.edu/dept/bildn/bildn ... -06-08.htm

REGISTRATION: To register for this event please fill out the following form
>> http://web.gc.cuny.edu/dept/bildn/bildn ... onform.pdf

>> http://www.bildner.org

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Development Gateway

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Trade and Development at the Development Gateway
Title: Sustainable Tourism Bank Watch Encourages Transparency, Accountability and Success

This content is now on the Gateway:
>> http://topics.developmentgateway.org/tr ... Id=1002311

Thank you for making this content available to Gateway users.

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Totem Tourism

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Good news!

The Sustainable Tourism Bank Watch is a featured news item in the Totem Tourism Marketing Newsletter
>> http://www.totemtourismmarketing.org/ne ... r_form.htm

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Packard

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http://www.packard.org/index.cgi?page=g ... &id=consci

Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, D.C.
$75,000 to develop a sustainable tourism plan for the Gulf of California

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October 18-20 Meeting

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George Washington University hosts a major meeting on tourism policy and investment. Results will be delivered from the survey generated by the Development Assistance Network for Tourism Enhancement and Investment.
>> http://www.dantei.org

REFERENCE

Sustainable Tourism Bank Watch
>> http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/bankwatch.html
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MIF Sustainable Tourism Policies

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The Multilateral Investment Fund of the IADB is listing Sustainable Tourism is 1 of its main project clusters. Here is the link

http://www.iadb.org/mif/v2/index.html

It is highly important the private sector sustainable tourism and business community input into the policies for this cluster. At present, based on meetings I have had with the head of MIF, the policies are still being reviewed.

Planeta.com and EplerWood International are considering a private sector forum on-line to input into donor policies. If you are interested contact Ron Mader or Megan Epler Wood, megan@eplerwood.com, www.eplerwood.com.

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IADB Announcement

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Forwarding announcement from the Inter-American Development Bank

"Orienting Tourism Development to Achieve Sustainability Outcomes
in Latin America and the Caribbean"

September 21, 2004 - 3:30- 6:00
B300 - Inter-American Development Bank

The purpose of this seminar is to identify ways in which tourism development can directly contribute to environmental sustainability and conservation of natural ecosystems. The panel presentations will provide both an overview of the thematic area and also address areas of responsible best practice and emerging issues for concern and involvement.


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IDB Details

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Info about the IDB meeting on sustainable tourism is online
>> http://www.iadb.org/sds/env/site_5812_e.htm

Agenda
>> http://www.iadb.org/sds/doc/SeminarTour ... Sept21.pdf

As part of an ongoing commitment to the NGO community, IDB is holding a seminar

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IDB Update

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Interamerican Development Bank recently held a seminar on "Orienting Tourism Development to Achieve Sustainability Outcomes in Latin America and the Caribbean." Presentations are available as PDF downloads on the IDB site:

* Tourism Development Trends, Environmental Implications and Prospects for Creating a Shift Towards Sustainability in LAC. Tensie Wheelan, Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance.
* The Galapagos Tourism Model: Challenges for the Participatory Management System. Xavier Bustamante, Fundaci

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A critical response to the Rainforest Alliance presentation has been made by Ren

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Mexico Accord

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FYI -- As featured online the Mexico news topic in the Planeta forum <http://forum.planeta.com/viewtopic.php?t=237>, there is a new accord to promote ecotourism and rural tourism in Mexico

Acuerdan impulsar el ecoturismo y el turismo rural - SECTUR

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News - Sustainable Tourism Working Group

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Conversation with Roberta Hilbruner, Sustainable Tourism Working Group, USAID
by Megan Epler Wood

In the past four years, USAID has incorporated sustainable tourism into 98 projects in 72 countries. The missions are responding to interest from the countries and are recognizing that sustainable tourism can put other needs in context -- particularly sustainable economic growth.
>> http://www.planeta.com/planeta/04/0411usaid2.html

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