Working in Vietnam with UNESCO
January 10. Jon is working with UNESCO’s World Heritage Center to assist two World Heritage Sites and a biosphere reserve to improve their tourism planning and management. Picture from My Son Sanctuary. See my article (February 2011) about Vietnam in World Heritage Magazine.
Public Use Planning Advisor to Belize Audubon Society's Half Moon Caye and Blue Hole 2007-08Within a multi-country project sponsored by UNESCO World Heritage Centre, The Nature Conservancy, and the United Nations Foundation, I am advising BAS in their development and implementation of public use planning under the auspieces of WHC's Public Use Planning Program. For an illustrated description of the program's theory to avoid implementation barriers and design, download the PDF.
Hired by the Latin American School of Protected Areas to advise them as they facilitate a suite of management plans in one of Costa Rica’s best known conservation areas, including Corcovado National Park. Funded and supported by The Nature Conservancy, the School and government anticipate that this planning endeavor will set new standards for park planning in Costa Rica. We developed a new condition-based zoning methodology, similar to Recreation Opportunity Spectrum but with a focus on ecological integrity rather than experiences.
Interpretive planner with FERMATA, Inc. to develop an interpretive plan for the entire 15-county Lumber Heritage Region of northcentral Pennsylvania (as well as the overlapping Pennsylvania Wilds region). Worked with the planner who developed the core exhibit of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the plan was to develop culture- and nature-based products that would attract visitors to spend more time and money purchasing local products for local economic development in this rural region.
Later developed an interpretive plan for Quinta Mazatlan in South Texas, as part of the World Birding Center.top
The Central American Commission for Environment and Development with UNDP funding channeled through the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor hired me to facilitate the creation of a Central American-wide strategic plan to integrate the protected area systems of the seven Central American countries. Working specifically with the Protected Areas Technical Committee, I made repeated visits to the region to convene meetings and lead participants to a first draft describing this new program to promote integration of protected areas across the region.top
Worked with the Foundations of Success team to evaluate The Nature Conservancys Parks in Peril Program. This program began in 1990 to increase the park management capacity in more than 45 Latin American and Caribbean protected areas in 15 countries. It is the largest conservation project in Latin America. PiP specializes in conservation planning and we examined many planning tools and efforts during the evaluation.top
Participated in RARE’s business development efforts. PUP in particular helps parks to design tourism products and then do financial planning determining three-year break-even points, cash-flow analysis, and contribution tracking. PUP contains most of the major elements of a business plan.
The PUP manual, Park Planning for Life, placed second in the 2003 National Interpretive Media Awards, training category, sponsored by the National Association for Interpretation.
February 18, 2011