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Ecotourism '08

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Sustainable Ecotourism Development

Radisson SAS Hotel, Amman

April 17-19, 2008


Key Participants

Glenn Jampol, BA, MA. MFA University of California Berkeley

Glenn Jampol is a renowned expert on sustainable tourism and its practical applications. He frequently lectures at INCAE, Harvard based post graduate business university in Costa Rica. He is currently the president of The National Chamber of Ecotourism (CANAECO) in Costa Rica and is owner and operator of two famous hotels, Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn and Arenas Del Mar Beach Resort. Finca Rosa Blanca holds the highest rating in Costa Rica in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism program (CST) and is one of only three hotels in that category. Mr. Jampol is also a member of Costa Rica’s National Commission for Accreditation for the CST and is also on the Board of Directors of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). Glenn Jampol has been a consultant to many agencies including the Center for International Human Rights (CIDH) and was named Special Ambassador to the Environment for the United Nations Program for Children and the Environment in 2003. He has also held workshops in many countries including Costa Rica, Peru and The Kingdom of Bhutan amongst others.

Enver Loke, MSc Natural Resources Management, Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Mr. Enver Loke has been working for 8 years in the building industry and is specialized in the field of green building. The last 4 years he combined his knowledge with the tourism & leisure industry, both in The Netherlands and many other countries. He has a strong belief that the tourism & leisure industry has to be transformed in order to be sustainable in the long run. In his position as managing director of - and partner in - CONTOUR Projects he has been involved in European project teams responsible for the sustainable development of tourism on European scale and implementing a European approach for environmental certification in the tourism & hospitality industry. Monitoring and evaluation of the environmental impacts of the tourism industry, and how to cope with this, has been central at stake in many other projects he managed. Organization development, capacity building, training and project development are the key features of his activities.

Teresa Osman, BA , MA University of California Berkley and Queens College

Teresa Osman is co-owner and founder of Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn in Costa Rica and Empresas SXJ, an organic and sustainable coffee farm in Costa Rica. She is well known in tourism in the Americas as the creator of the modern Agro-Ecotourism model based on the integration of the CST with the Rainforest Alliance agricultural certification. She has managed Finca Rosa Blanca and Empresas SXJ for 22 years with her husband and is an expert in diagnosis and development of “Good Practices” for fulfilling the requirements of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism. She is also an expert in the cultivation, production and maintenance of ecological systems for organic tourism and pragmatic approaches to environmentally friendly hotel food services.

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