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CTEC 8th Annual Symposium – Ecotourism — Antioch University, Keene, NH — Nov. 3rd

Ecotourism: Can tourism, biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development be merged?

CTEC 8th Annual Symposium


Saturday, November 3, 2012
9 am -The symposium begins, with registration at 8:30 am.


Antioch University New England, 40 Avon St, Keene, NH

Registration before October 28 is $35, after October 28 or day of is $45, and students are $25. Download the registration form.

Registration covers refreshments, coffee, lunch, and an after-event social from 5-7 p.m. in the Dance Studio at AUNE.


This one-day symposium brings together conservation practitioners, researchers, graduate students, professors, and community members to explore the intricate social, economic, and environmental dynamics of ecotourism that may be unknown to the average, even “responsible” traveler.

Ecotourism, as defined by its proponents, aims to promote both environmental conservation and the stability and resilience of the surrounding communities. Despite these good intentions, closer examination reveals that ecotourism, in many cases, has contributed to social and environmental degradation. Rapid economic growth inspired by ecotourism brings forth power dynamics, often resulting in local communities alienated in the conservation of their own lands, as well as increased visits to fragile environments. Often ignored are capacity building, policies, education, and appropriate infrastructure for such growth, which are critically needed to enable local participation and stability.

We can learn from successful ecotourism enterprises that have been able to merge community development and sustainable growth with conservation. We will present an array of examples from around the world through a combination of speakers, posters, and a panel discussion.


Stay tuned for a full schedule of speakers.


A group rate is available at the Holiday Inn Express Keene. To book the Antioch Symposium rate online, go to and use group code “ANE.”

For more information, contact: Emily Dark

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