Innovators Think Tank:
Climate Change & Coastal Tourism

July 22 - 24, 2015 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4th Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism

July 22 - 24, 2015 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Organizers

Center for Responsible Travel

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a unique non-profit organization, founded in 2003 and located in Washington, D.C., devoted to increasing the positive global impact of responsible tourism.

CREST stands alone in the areas of environmentally sustainable and socially responsible tourism, having built an international network of highly-trained experts providing interdisciplinary analysis and solutions, as well as publications, conferences, courses, training, and educational workshops. CREST delivers programs and services in field research, feasibility and impact studies, market research, certification programs, traveler's philanthropy and strengthening sustainable tourism and ecotourism. CREST's mission is to promote responsible tourism policies and practices globally so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity.

The rapid pace of resort and vacation home developments along coastlines and on islands is contributing to a variety of environmental and social issues. CREST has sought to critically address these through research and analysis of the coastal tourism sector – the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry – in order to lessen the social and environmental impact of these developments, and increase the benefits for local communities on the coast.

CREST has extensive experience examining and providing policy recommendations to the coastal tourism sector including several reports and publications:

  1. "Alternative Development Models & Good Practices for Sustainable Coastal Tourism: A Framework for Decision Makers in Mexico", a report which compiles existing best practices for sustainable, large-scale coastal tourism developments in Mexico, and provides recommendations for implementation at the policy level.
  2. "The Impact of Tourism Related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast", a multi-dimensional study which critically assesses the growth, trends and impacts of tourism and tourism related development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.
  3. "Global Trends in Coastal Tourism", a study funded by WWF, which analyzes global trends in coastal and marine tourism.
  4. "Cruise Tourism Impacts in Costa Rica & Honduras: Policy Recommendations for Decision Makers" and "Cruise Tourism in Belize: Perceptions of Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts", two reports which take a critical look at the impacts of the cruise tourism industry in Central America.

For more information about CREST, please visit www.responsibletravel.org or contact staff@responsibletravel.org.
Visit CREST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CRESTResTravel.
Connect with CREST on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRESTravel.

Puntacana Ecological Foundation

The PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation (PCEF) is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1994 to protect and preserve the natural resources of the Punta Cana region, while contributing to the sustainable development of the Dominican Republic. Our five areas of action are:

  1. Center for Sustainability: The PUNTACANA Center for Sustainability was established in 1999 as a research and education facility devoted to creating solutions to environmental and social challenges related to tourism development in the Caribbean. The Center was originally created through a pioneering partnership between the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation, Grupo PUNTACANA and Cornell University and has since been expanded to include a diverse and growing coalition of national and international institutions. Active partners include Cornell University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Virginia Tech, University of South Carolina, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Syracuse University and Leiden University.
  2. PESCA: Partnership for Ecologically Sustainable Coastal Areas: In 2004, the Foundation launched the Partnership for Ecologically Sustainable Coastal Areas (PESCA), a long-term collaborative effort that seeks to balance the continued growth and development of the region, the long-term health and sustainability of the coastal zone and coral reef, and the needs of local stakeholders. PESCA projects include: coral reef and coastal ecosystem restoration, sustainable fisheries management, conservation of endangered species, water quality monitoring, and the development of alternative livelihoods for local fishermen.
  3. Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve: The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a private protected area owned and operated by the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation. Consisting of lowland subtropical forest, the reserve covers 1,500 acres of land dedicated to conservation, scientific research, and recreation.

    The Ecological Park consists of numerous exhibits describing the cultural and natural history of the island. Visitors can visit a petting zoo with many domesticated animals common in the Dominican Republic since colonial times, a sugarcane exhibit, an iguana habitat and many other attractions.

    The Ecological Reserve is a forest reserve with twelve freshwater lagoons, three of which visitors can swim in. Historians discovered that the Taíno Indians, the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the island, referred to the lagoons as "eyes" because of their distinctive shape. For this reason, the Ecological Park and Reserve was named "Ojos Indígenas" or "Indigenous Eyes."
  4. Sustainable Agriculture: While Punta Cana is not traditionally a center for agriculture, the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture since 1994, when it created the regions' first fruit-tree garden. Since then, the Foundation has pioneered a worm composting facility that converts tons of organic waste from the resorts' kitchens and gardens into high quality, organic fertilizers and soils, that are then used to grow vegetables and as a fertilizer for the golf courses of Puntacana Resort & Club.

    In 2007, the Foundation initiated a small-scale beekeeping operation in response to growing complaints about bee colonies becoming established in homes and buildings around the resort. The Foundation took what was a "pest" and converted it into diverse products, such as honey, royal jelly and candles. The Foundation's beekeeping has grown to a small business that produces thousands of gallons of honey a year as well as other natural products.
  5. Zero Waste: The Puntacana Ecological Foundation developed Zero Waste for the Puntacana Resort & Club community. Zero Waste is an integrated solid waste management program that forms part of our commitment to the natural environment, the local community, and providing high quality services to our guests and residences. As a result of the program, the resort has reduced the amount of waste that it sends to the local landfill, helping reduce potential health problems caused by improper waste management, protecting the local community from contamination from the landfill, and helping make Punta Cana a better place to live.

For more information about the Ecological Foundation, please visit www.puntacana.org or contact fepc@puntacana.com. The Ecological Foundation also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FundacionPuntacana

Puntacana Resort & Club also supports the PUNTACANA Foundation. The PUNTACANA Foundation (FPC) was formed in 1999 to implement programs that improve the health and wellbeing of the local communities of Punta Cana in basic areas of human development. FPC seeks to be a catalyst for positive change influencing different sectors of society through the achievement of concrete, lasting examples of sustainability. Our areas of action are:

Host: Westin Puntacana Resort & Club

The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, located in the Playa Blanca area of the Puntacana Resort & Club, is on a spectacular 26-square-mile slice of paradise. The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is conveniently located just minutes away from our privately owned Punta Cana International Airport, (PUJ), the 200 ocean-view masterpieces rooms features 10 suites, meeting facilities, an expansive outdoor pool, poolside grill, lobby bar, children's club and walking trails. Additional amenities will include a full-service spa and the brand's signature Westin WORKOUT gym experience.

Visitors may be interested to learn that Punta Cana specifically started out as our company’s name, a brand created in the early 1970’s by Frank Rainieri, for a piece of land originally called Punta Borrachón (Drunkard’s Point). Today, Punta Cana has become a generic name, a country brand - the most recognized Dominican brand in the world. As a result, our brand name is now “Puntacana Resort & Club”. Currently, Punta Cana is the most highly visited Caribbean destination and is easily accessible from all over the globe.

The development of Puntacana Resort & Club dates back to 1971 when Dominican businessman and hotelier Frank R. Rainieri and Theodore W. Kheel, the prominent New York attorney and labor mediator, created a partnership to construct a resort and real estate community that respects the natural habitat of Punta Cana while offering a world-class vacation experience. Maintaining a dedication to sustainable tourism, Puntacana Resort & Club has since grown to encompass over 26 square miles and now includes Tortuga Bay, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village, Six Senses Spa, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation and diverse residential communities (Corales, Playa Serena, Hacienda, Hacienda del Mar, Arrecife, Tortuga Bay and The Marina), a full service marina, restaurants, a shopping village, a P.B. Dye designed golf course, a Tom Fazio designed golf course and Punta Cana International Airport a modern facility that incorporates innovative and eco-friendly design. In 1997, Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta joined the Group as co-investors and have made Puntacana Resort & Club their home.

In 1994, we created the Puntacana Ecological Foundation to protect and preserve the natural resources of the Punta Cana region, while contributing to the sustainable development of the Dominican Republic. We later complimented our commitment to environmental stewardship with the creation of the Puntacana Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving conditions in the local communities of the Punta Cana region, primarily through programs in health, education, and cultural activities.

We invite you to visit www.puntacana.org to learn more about our diverse environmental and social programs. We also invite you to visit EcoRed Facebook page.

Organizadores

Center para el Turismo Responsable

El Centro para el Turismo Responsable (CREST por su siglas en inglés) es una organización sin fines de lucro única, fundada en 2003 y ubicada en Washington, D.C. y que se ha dedicado a incrementar el impacto positivo global del turismo responsable.
CREST es un estandarte en las áreas del turismo sustentable en términos del medio ambiente y socialmente responsable. Ha construido una red internacional de expertos altamente calificados que proveen análisis y soluciones interdisciplinarias, así como publicaciones, conferencias, cursos, entrenamiento y talleres educativos. CREST proporciona programas y servicios para la investigación, estudios de viabilidad e impacto, investigación de mercado, programas de certificación, filantropía para viajeros y el fortalecimiento de turismo sustentable y ecoturismo. La misión de CREST es promover las prácticas y políticas globales del turismo responsable para que las comunidades locales puedan prosperar y administrar sus recursos culturales y biodiversidad.
El rápido desarrollo de resorts y casas de vacaciones a lo largo de costas y en islas está contribuyendo a una variedad de problemas medio ambientales y sociales. CREST ha buscado atenderlos críticamente vía la investigación y el análisis en el sector del turismo costero – el sector que presenta el crecimiento más rápido en la industria del turismo – para aminorar los impactos ambientales y sociales de estos desarrollos y aumentar los beneficios para las comunidades locales en las costas.
CREST cuenta con una amplia experiencia en la examinación y recomendación de políticas para el sector del turismo costero, incluyendo varios reportes y publicaciones:

  1. "Alternative Development Models & Good Practices for Sustainable Coastal Tourism: A Framework for Decision Makers in Mexico", a report which compiles existing best practices for sustainable, large-scale coastal tourism developments in Mexico, and provides recommendations for implementation at the policy level.
  2. "The Impact of Tourism Related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast", a multi-dimensional study which critically assesses the growth, trends and impacts of tourism and tourism related development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.
  3. "Global Trends in Coastal Tourism", a study funded by WWF, which analyzes global trends in coastal and marine tourism.
  4. "Cruise Tourism Impacts in Costa Rica & Honduras: Policy Recommendations for Decision Makers" and "Cruise Tourism in Belize: Perceptions of Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts", two reports which take a critical look at the impacts of the cruise tourism industry in Central America.

Para más información acerca de CREST, favor de visitar www.responsibletravel.org o contáctenos vía email staff@responsibletravel.org.
Visite a CREST en Twitter www.twitter.com/CRESTResTravel.
Manténgase conectado con CREST en Facebook www.facebook.com/CRESTravel.


Fundación Ecológica PUNTACANA

La Fundación Ecológica PUNTACANA (FEPC) es una fundación sin fines de lucro creada en 1994 para proteger y restaurar los recursos naturales de la región de Punta Cana y contribuir al desarrollo sustentable de República Dominicana.

Nuestras cinco áreas de acción son:

Centro para la Sustentabilidad:
El Centro para la Sustentabilidad PUNTACANA se creó en 1999 como un centro para la investigación y educación dedicado a crear soluciones para los retos ambientales y sociales relacionados al desarrollo del turismo en el Caribe. El Centro fue creado originalmente vía una asociación pionera entre la Fundación Ecológica PUNTCANA, el Grupo PUNTACANA y Cornell University, desde entonces esta se ha expandido para incluir diversas y más coaliciones con instituciones nacionales e internacionales. Los socios activos incluyen a Cornell University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Virginia Tech, University of South Carolina, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Syracuse University y Leiden University.

PESCA (por sus siglas en inglés): Alianza para el Desarrollo de Áreas Costeras Sostenidas:
En 2004, la Fundación lanzó la Alianza para el Desarrollo de Áreas Costeras Sostenidas (PESCA), un esfuerzo colaborativo a largo plazo que busca el balance en el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región, la salud y sustentabilidad a largo placo de la zona costera y los arrecifes de coral, por último las necesidades de los grupos y actores interesados locales. Los proyectos de PESCA incluyen: la restauración de arrecifes de coral y ecosistemas costeros, manejo de pesca sustentable, conservación de especies en peligro de extinción, monitoreo de la calidad del agua y el desarrollo de alternativas a la actividad económica de los pescadores locales.

Parque y Reserva Ecológica Ojos Indígenas:
El Parque y Reserva Ecológica Ojos Indígenas es un área privada protegida manejado por la Fundación Ecológica PUNTACANA. Consiste en bosques subtropicales, abarca 1,500 acres de tierra dedicada a la conservación, investigación científica y recreación.

El Parque Ecológico consiste de varias exposiciones que describen la historia natural y cultural de la isla. Los visitantes pueden pasear por la granja de mascotas que tiene varios animales domesticados típicos de la República Dominicana desde la época colonial, y también una exposición de caña de azúcar, un hábitat de iguanas y varias otras atracciones.

Agricultura Sustentable:
A pesar de que Punta Cana no es tradicionalmente un centro para la agricultura, la Fundación Ecológica PUNTACANA ha estado involucrada de una manera activa con el desarrollo de la agricultura sostenida desde 1994 cuando creó el Jardín Frutal. Desde entonces hemos sido los primeros en desarrollar una instalación de Lombricompost la cual convierte toneladas de desechos orgánicos de las cocinas y jardines del Resort en fertilizantes y tierras orgánicos de alta calidad que luego se utilizan para sembrar vegetales en nuestra Hortaliza.

En el 2007, la Fundación inició una pequeña operación de Apicultura en respuesta a los crecientes reclamos de que colonias de abejas se asentaban en las casas y edificios alrededor del Resort. La Fundación tomó lo que era una “plaga” y la convirtió en un producto: miel. Desde entonces, nuestra apicultura se ha convertido en un negocio que produce cientos de galones de miel al año como así también otros productos naturales.

Descarga Cero: Manejo Integral de Desechos:
La Fundación Ecológica PUNTACANA ha desarrollado el programa de Descarga Cero para la comunidad del Puntacana Resort & Club. Descarga Cero es un programa integral de deshechos que forma parte de nuestro compromiso con el medio ambiente, la comunidad local y la provisión de servicios de alta calidad para nuestros huéspedes y residencias. Como resultado de este programa el resort ha reducido la cantidad de desechos que envía al vertedero de basura local, ayudando a reducir los problemas potenciales de salud que nacen de un manejo incorrecto de desechos, protegiendo a la comunidad local de contaminación de los vertederos y ayudando a hacer de Punta Cana un mejor lugar donde vivir.

Para más información acerca de la Fundación Ecológica, favor de visitar www.puntacana.org o contáctenos vía email fepc@puntacana.com.Visite a CREST en Twitter www.twitter.com/CRESTResTravel.
La Fundación Ecológica también tiene página de Facebook www.facebook.com/FundacionPuntacana