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Examples of this pattern in action:

Heiltsuk First Nation entrepreneurs Frank and Kathy Brown created SeeQuest Adventures in their community of Bella Bella. Now a stop on a new B.C. Ferries route along the mid-coast of B.C., the SeeQuest facility at McLoughlin Bay is a prime example of a locally owned and operated culturally-based ecotourism enterprise…

Ecotours of Oregon
In late 1991, the Davies investigated local needs and entrepreneurial opportunities, matching their findings to their own environmental consciousness and lifestyle with a venture which filled a void in the tourism industry locally — forming EcoTours of Oregon…

Alaska towns fight cruise-ship tourism
TENAKEE SPRINGS, ALASKA - When a cruise ship full of tourists dropped anchor nearby early one summer morning, the hundred or so inhabitants of this southeast Alaskan town were caught off guard. They had known the ship intended to bring its 120 passengers to their town, they had registered their objections, but they weren't expecting their unwanted guests until afternoon…

Vargas Island kayaking/hiking adventures
Wilderness Kayaking and Nature Tours

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Conservation International's Ecotravel Center

The Ecotourism Society


Honey, Martha. Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1999.

McClaren, Deborah. Rethinking Tourism: The Paving of Paradise and What You Can Do About It. Kumarian Press. West Hartford, CT. .

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling