Posted April 12, 2023
By Dr. Auliana Poon
2 Minutes Read
Costa Rica's Secret to Sustainable Tourism: Making it Part of Every Citizen's DNA
Sustainable Development in Costa Rica: A Paradise for Eco-Friendly Travellers
Costa Rica is a paradise for eco-friendly travellers. From its stunning beaches to its lush rainforests, the country boasts a wide range of unique attractions and special locations that are all designed with sustainability in mind. But what sets Costa Rica apart from other destinations is its commitment to making sustainable development a part of every citizen’s DNA.
Sustainable tourism is often associated with national parks and protected areas that visitors come to enjoy. However, as Costa Rica has shown, sustainable tourism is about much more than just preserving natural resources. It’s about creating a culture of sustainability that permeates every aspect of society.
One of the biggest challenges in developing sustainable tourism is bridging the gap between the physical environment and the humans, locals, and owners of the resources. Costa Rica has tackled this issue head-on by developing tools, policies, and guidelines that ensure sustainability is not just a buzzword, but a way of life.
Costa Rica: A Model for Sustainable Tourism
But how do you make sustainability a part of every citizen’s DNA? For Costa Rica, the answer lies in education and community involvement. By teaching children about the importance of environmental conservation and involving local communities in sustainable development initiatives, the country is creating a generation of environmentally conscious citizens who will continue to prioritize sustainability for years to come.
So, the next time you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, remember that sustainable tourism isn’t just about enjoying the natural beauty of the country. It’s about supporting a culture of sustainability that values environmental conservation and community involvement. By doing so, you’ll not only have an unforgettable vacation, but you’ll also be contributing to a brighter future for generations to come.
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About the Author:
Dr. Auliana Poon
Managing Director/Chief Strategist
Dr. Auliana Poon heads Leve-Global. She is a courageous and passionate businesswoman. A trained Economist, Dr. Poon is a management consultant and strategist with a focus on sustainable and responsible tourism, climate adaptation, and regenerative economic development. Dr. Poon led teams that developed innovative economic solutions for over 50 countries around the world including Australia, Barbados, the Bahamas, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mozambique, Singapore, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland and Zambia.
An experienced researcher and analyst with fiercely independent thought, Dr Poon believes that developing countries cannot continue to compete with natural attributes – Sun, Sand, Sea, Oil and Natural Gas alone. For success and sustainability, a more people-centred, culture-oriented, innovation-based, sustainability-directed, technology-focused and talent-driven approach is needed.