Ecotourism Development in Yunnan Province, China

Vital Wave’s Sustainable Tourism practice lead, Christina Heyniger, joined an interdisciplinary team of scientists, architects, planners, land use planners and heritage and ecotourism experts from the United States and Indonesia to synthesize five primary development goals for Yunnan Province, China. The team focused specifically on the Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, which protects over 4000 square kilometers of the upper and mid slopes in the southern range of Gaoligong Mountains in Yunnan Province. This region, at the border with Myanmar (Burma), is ecologically unique; forest, mountains and deep valleys allow a complete transition from temperate to tropical forests that is unparalleled in the world. The continuous belt of forest from east to west provides pathways for an extraordinary mix of flora and fauna from the Himalayas, the Palearctic, and the tropical areas of southeastern Asia. Vital Wave supported the team’s eco and nature tourism-specific recommendations for resource management and tourism investment and training appropriate for domestic and international visitors. At the conclusion of the project, a forum was held in Dali, Yunnan, attended by the Chinese and international team. A final report was delivered to the regional and national government.

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