THE ECOSTORM APPROACH
EcoStorm is a concept that is developing into a global resource for sustainable tourism destination development. Initiated and directed by the Basecamp Explorer Group, sustained by a strong network of experts and practitioners, we believe that truly successful destinations must rest on a strong foundation with three major pillars: People, Planet, and Profit.
Based on more than ten years of hands-on experience and best-practice principles, this workshop explores the challenges and opportunities associated with each of these three pillars. We will examine each pillar through a set of five core sessions, several field excursions, and exercises lead by experts in the field of sustainable tourism, conservation, and development.
The EcoStorm approach creates models for ecotourism development at specific destinations. The models ensure that the destination develops in ways that are culturally acceptable, environmentally sustainable, and economically viable.
Our workshops take a hands-on approach and are based on a participatory process involving resource people from within our own organization, as well as experts from a wide network. Some of these include the tourism sector, environmental organizations involved in tourism-for-conservation and development organizations utilizing tourism in poverty alleviation and community development. Each workshop also includes local tourism practitioners and destination stakeholders.
EcoStorm provides an inspiring learning arena and opportunities to share experiences and exchange practical knowledge in sustainable destination development. The outcome of each EcoStorm is a site-specific model for sustainable tourism development. In this case a destination model will be developed for Dharamsala, India.