Tourism for conserving natural environments

Shane Feyers

Yale University

Shane Feyers is an emerging professional in the field of sustainable tourism and conservation development. A veteran of the US Coast Guard, Shane holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in natural resource management from the University of Connecticut. Researching the impacts of ecotourism throughout his studies, Shane is now beginning a collaborative project to develop an international consensus around the principles of ecotourism and will collect and assess data and perspectives from industry professionals to assist IUCN in creating worldwide standards and guidelines for ecotourism. This research is the subject of his presentation, which he hopes will act as a tool to establish a greater network of individuals and organizations willing to contribute to this substantial project. Next fall Shane plans to begin an applied PhD in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management to continue this work.


Today, tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world. In Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, many countries depend on nature-based tourism markets as substantial parts of their nationaleconomic portfolios... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Shane Feyers (Yale University)

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Topics: Symposium


OS-A2 » Tourism in Changing Natural Environments: Policy and Governance (09:00 - Monday, 3rd October, Santa Croce Room, Santa Chiara Complex)

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