The course tackles ecotourism principles and practice in the context of sustainable tourism and PRRM’s community-centered area development. Learners will discuss the emergence of ecotourism as a reaction to the social and environmental impacts of mainstream tourism. They will look at ecotourism practices in and outside PRRM areas of operation and evaluate considered best cases. They will do participatory rapid appraisal and design a simple ecotourism plan for a community.
“Sustainable tourism operates in harmony with the local environment, community and cultures, so that these become the permanent beneficiaries and not victims of tourism development” — Dutch professor T. van Egmond 2005
(Photo: Teacher helps his student during a People-to-People Aid Movement (Japan) study tour in a farming community in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.)