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2003 Tiger in the Forest: Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism in Southeast Asia

The region of Mainland Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam) harbors a significant portion of the world's rare and endemic animals, including several species new to science.  As the number of tourists and travel businesses drawn to the region increases, so does concern for the sustainability of natural areas and local communities from a biological, cultural, and economical standpoint.

Tiger in the Forest: Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism in Southeast Asia provided a forum for biologists, tourism industry professionals, conservation practitioners, governmental decision makers, and community stakeholders to explore ways of addressing the needs of unique and fragile ecosystems through the economic and conservation potential of ecotourism.

Support for the symposium was provided by Daniel and Sheryl Tishman, and John Tishman. Additional funding was provided by Eleanor Briggs.  The symposium was a collaborative effort by the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund.  Partial travel support was provided by U.S. Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP), a program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and by SNV Netherlands Development Organization.

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