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About the North American Conference 2007
Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and co-hosted by Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the North American Ecotourism Conference 2007 was held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, from September 26-28, 2007.
Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton
Called "Wisconsin's green leader" by the Capital Times, Lt. Governor Lawton recognizes Wisconsin's potential to lead the way in addressing global climate change. Lawton serves on the National Leadership Council for the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Lt. Governor Lawton earned national and international recognition for her groundbreaking economic development initiative, Wisconsin Women = Prosperity, and has been honored as the only U.S. elected official to participate in the International Women Leaders Global Security Summit.
Daniel L. Dustin
Dan Dustin is Professor and Chair of the University of Utah Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. He has authored or edited six books (including The Wilderness Within, which has won critical praise from his peers), seven book chapters and over 75 articles in journals and professional magazines. Dustin received his B.A., in Geography from the University of Michigan, his M.S. in Resource Planning and Conservation from the same school, and his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Mary C. Pearl
Mary C. Pearl is the President of Wildlife Trust, a solutions-oriented global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science, linking ecology and health, and building careers of local scientists and educators in high-biodiversity countries in North America, Asia, Africa and Latin America. She previously also served as Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, a consortium at Columbia University that includes the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden and the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo.
Workshops and Sessions
Triple Bottom Line: "Being green is profitable" - emphasized many speakers, including Wisconsin's Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, who gave an opening speech at the NAEC 2007 Opening Ceremony. Throughout the conference, various examples and case studies highlighted the importance of ecotourism in ensuring the financial, as well as social and environmental sustainability of travel and tourism in North America.
Ecotourism and Indigenous Issues: Topics on ecotourism and Indigenous communities were among the main focuses of the discussions during the NAEC 2007. Through local partners and various sessions addressing relevant issues on ecotourism and Indigenous peoples, the NAEC 2007 reinforced the important roles Indigenous communities play as the key environmental stewards.
World Tourism Day (September 27): On Thursday, September 27, the conference delegates celebrated the World Tourism Day and its theme "Tourism Opens Doors for Women," with a special featuring an inspiring speech by Mary Jo Viederman, Vice President of Communications, Lindblad Expedition.
Speaker presentations from NAEC 2007 are available on TIES website. *Access to these presentations is restricted to TIES members. To become a member at the professional level, visit www.ecotourism.org/membership and join today.