Symposium by the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation to Explore Ecotourism

Megan Epler Wood, founder of the International Ecotourism Society and co-executive director of Planeterra Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation’s (CTEC) eighth annual symposium on Saturday, November 3, at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The title of the symposium is “Ecotourism: Can Tourism, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Community Development be Merged?”

Other speakers include:
• Richard Estes, International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission, who will discuss ecotourism in the Serengeti.
• James Gruber, core faculty in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies, who will speak on ecotourism and sustainable forestry in Mexico.
• Ben Sanders, National Parks Conservation Association, who will discuss the importance of education in ecotourism ventures.

Poster presentations will include:
• Enriques Reyes, East Carolina University, on ecotourism and climate change modeling on coastal zones.
• E.K. Nareshwar, Gujarat, India, on alleviating pressure on heavily used parks and reserves in India.

The public is welcome to attend the symposium. It will bring together conservation practitioners, researchers, graduate students, professors, and community members to explore the social, economic, and environmental dynamics of ecotourism.

Ecotourism aims to promote both environmental conservation and the stability and resilience of surrounding communities. But closer examination reveals that ecotourism, in many cases, has contributed to social and environmental degradation.

Learn about the realities of ecotourism and current research and gain an edge on how you can truly be a “responsible” traveler, both socially and environmentally.

Early registration is $25 for students and $35 for nonstudents. The deadline is October 28. Walk-in registration is $25 for students and $45 for nonstudents.

CTEC promotes the sustainable and just use of tropical ecosystems by training conservation leaders, conducting conservation research with partner organizations, and serving as an educational resource for the New England region.

Find more information here, or contact Emily Dark, CTEC education coordinator at