Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy, Boracay, Western Visayas, Philippines

Clients: Canadian Urban Institute, Philippines Department of Tourism

Dates: 1996 – 1999

Using analytical and participatory methods, EcoPlan developed a management framework and governance structure for the environmental management of a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. The project included a regulatory review analysis that assessed national laws, local ordinances and tourism development guidelines and resulted in a series of recommendations to streamline and improve management controls.  A community-based survey (also applied to tourists) supported research efforts. As part of the project, a multi-sectoral carrying capacity analysis was also conducted using community participation and technical analysis to set realistic development parameters. Specific guidelines for solid waste management on Boracay were developed as part of this project.