Ecotourism meetup is just one week away!

From: donna
Sent on: Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:44 AM
The Washington Ecotourism April Mee?

Well we are just one week away to our dinner at Java Green.
The spokesperson from the International Ecotourism society is
Christina Cavaliere and below is her bio. Also the TIES is having some very interesting events happening which I will send over in another email.
In the meantime I would appreciate it if you have not RSVP'd to please give us a heads up so we don't have any surprises.
Oh and by the way next month we were offered to meet at one of the top
eco architechts home. More info to follow next month
Donna Zeigfinger
Green Earth Travel

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
1333 H Street NW, Suite 300, East Tower, Washington, DC 20005, USA Tel: [masked] Fax: [masked] [address removed]
Short Bio for Christina T. Cavaliere & TIES Organizational Description &
Short Biographical Information for Christina T. Cavaliere
CHRISTINA CAVALIERE is the director of training and education at The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and has over a decade of international training program design experience.
Christina has lived, worked and studied in nearly thirty countries, on six continents, primarily in
equatorial regions. She holds an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and has
completed field research throughout South-East Asia, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon
River basin. Her zeal for sustainable agroforestry and greenbuilding led her to earn a
Permaculture Design Certificate while living in Costa Rica. Christina completed graduate studies
in international training program design at American University in Washington, DC. She earned
her Master of Tourism degree while living in Far North Queensland, Australia where she studied
ecotourism and sustainable development at James Cook University. Her research examined agroecotourism as a vehicle for promoting sustainable ecoagriculture in tropical systems. Christina has a technical background in tourism projects involving tropical agroforestry,sustainable agriculture, capacity building, carbon management and mitigation, gender issues,artisan and fair trade cooperatives, small and medium enterprise development, environmental policy, planning and certification, and microfinance. She has spoken widely at international and
domestic conferences, universities and meetings on various aspects of environmental and community development through sustainable tourism.
TIES Organizational Description:
Founded in 1990, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is the largest and oldest ecotourism organization in the world dedicated to disseminating information about ecotourism and sustainable tourism. It currently has members in nearly 100 countries. The organization?s membership includes local and regional tour operators, lodge owners and managers, academics,
consultants, conservation professionals and organizations, governments, architects, general development experts, NGO?s, the media, students, and travelers. TIES is part of a global consortium working to promote best practices for sustainable and ecotourism and to assist small and community-based tourism projects. As a non-profit and non-governmental organization, TIES
is unique in its efforts to provide environmental, economic and social guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications to foster sound ecotourism development.
TIES has significant project work in the areas of sustainable tourism plan development, training program design, certification, standards and benchmarking, workshops/conferences and consumer education and development projects in transformational countries. TIES, along with its
global network of experts, works to utilize sustainable tourism as a tool for conservation, poverty alleviation, protection of culture and biodiversity, sustainable development and education.

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