The United Nations declared 2002 the International Year of Ecotourism.

In 2022 Planeta.com asks readers/listeners/viewers to assess the state of ecotourism around the globe, reflect on lessons learned, and digitize materials, photos, and videos from that time.

The declaration came as a result of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)-related meeting of the Ad-Hoc (Inter-Agency) Working Group on Tourism, convened at Heredia, Costa Rica in 1999 in which the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) were mandated to work together toward a World Ecotourism Summit, which took place in Quebec, Canada in May, 2002.

Having covered ecotourism on the Web since 1994, Planeta.com created an online guide and conducted the IYE 2002 Forum (archives disappeared in December 2019) to promote a dialogue among interested parties. In April 2002 at the request of UNEP and UNWTO, Planeta website founder Ron Mader developed and moderated the online Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference and presented a summary at the Word Ecotourism Summit.

Questions = Preguntas

  • Are there videos from any of the 2002 meetings or summit? = ¿Hay videos de alguna de las reuniones o cumbre de 2002?
  • How will the 20th anniversary be commemorated in 2022? = ¿Cómo se conmemorará el 20 aniversario en 2022?


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Assessment of the results achieved in realizing aims and objectives of the International Year of Ecotourism
World Ecotourism Summit – Final Report
Conference Report: The World Ecotourism Summit

IYE 2002


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