CREST’s sustainable tourism work in Cuba has developed steadily in 2016, with support from the Ford and Reynolds Foundations. As one piece of its work, CREST is undertaking a study of ‘lessons learned’ about the environmental, social, and economic impacts of cruise tourism elsewhere in the Caribbean and in key Mediterranean ports of call to help with decision making. CREST is also undertaking preliminary steps with key academic institutions to help organize an educational conference on sustainable tourism in 2017.
In Ethiopia, CREST is assisting the Tigrai Culture and Tourism Bureau to preserve and protect the famed 11th - 14th century rock-hewn churches, located in the Gheralta region. Two CREST experts, one on rock structure and another on rock painting, are working with local teams on protection plans, to culminate with preparing nomination documents for UNESCO World Heritage Status.
In Chihuahua, CREST is working with local partners on a two-year project funded by the Christensen Foundation, which is designed to protect bio-cultural diversity in the Sierra Tarahumara around Creel and the Copper Canyon (Divisadero). Thriving authentic indigenous tourism will increase revenue and jobs and offer an incentive to the Rarámuri people to preserve their lands, wildlife, and customs.
Stemming from the successful July 2015 Innovators Think Tank: Climate Change and Coastal & Marine Tourism, organized by CREST and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, CREST is working with partners to prepare four books on the topic. The result will be a compilation of informative essays and case studies with practical information, designed to help coastal and marine tourism businesses better address climate change. The target release date is December 2016. Image courtesy of Puntacana Resort & Club.
The newest CREST documentary shows that the Caribbean is more than traditional large resort and cruise tourism. Through the power of the good example, this 45-minute film includes portraits of tourism businesses in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Grenada that are practicing environmental stewardship and generating social and economic benefits for the destinations. Filmed by Jamaican filmmaker Esther Figueroa and edited and co-produced by Richard Krantz and Pilot Productions, the film was released in April 2016. Please let us know if you are interested in scheduling a viewing.