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Lessons Learned In The House Of Turtles

The Treasure Coast has become a model in the Caribbean’s quest for sustainable tourism.

Tourist activity generated by Mano Juan’s

Tourist activity generated by Mano Juan’s "Casa de las Tortugas" has inspired villagers on Isla Saona to start up similar businesses. With a thatched roof and colorful beach scenes painted by local artists, it’s a favorite tourist stop.

“To a great extent, sustainability is like good art …hard to describe but we know it when we see it.” – Ray Hilborn, marine biologist, conservationist.

How important is tourism to the economic vitality of a region? John Myers will tell you that on a scale of 1 to 10 it ranks right up there at the top. As deputy director of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program in Vero Beach he will also add a caveat, and that is the need to conserve the natural resources that attract people.

“The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent area in the world, accounting for around 25 percent of the region’s GDP and one in every four jobs,” says Myers.

Read the entire article in the April 2011 issue