William Trousdale’s work on sustainable tourism in the popular island of Boracay, Philippines is still proving relevant, as referenced on Filipino news site Inquirer.net. The article, which quotes William’s 1998 landmark study titled “Governance in Context: Boracay Island, Philippines”, discusses how Boracay has shifted from an agricultural community to a tourist destination, and the impacts this has had on the environment. William’s participatory action research focused on the importance of assessing contextual factors, such as the combined effects of history, markets, culture, legislation and politics, on community tourism. Since William’s work was completed, EcoPlan has worked on a dozens of sustainable tourism and local economic development projects in the Philippines and around the world.

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