MES student Wafaa el Osta carried out field research to explore the feasibility of sustainable tourism in the ASBC. Her research produced a map of community-based tourist offerings, as well as strategies to establish linkages along the production chain to launch a sustainable community-based tourism project in the corridor. This exploratory research supported a successful bid by FES faculty Dr. Montoya for research funding by a SSHRC Connection Grant.
This year, a forum and workshop coordinated by professor Felipe Montoya aimed at fostering connections related to sustainable tourism development also took place in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor. The event brought together stakeholders on both the supply and demand side, with the potential of launching new sustainable income-generating activities linked to conservation in the Corridor, and building on connections between Canada and its Costa Rican partners.