Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pando Terra - A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Tourism Development

Pando Terra™ uses 7 holistic elements to create an organic approach to implementing sustainable community development. Pando Terra™ - loosely translated from Latin, means ‘to spread earth’. It represents the root for development by way of community initiatives and projects; encouraging community advancement, and assisting people with keeping clear, concise objectives.

Pando Terra™ is both a planning and implementation process that strives to be in harmony with local traditions and ‘on the ground’ realities. It helps to guide organizational structure and create accountability within a dynamic process. Pando Terra™ includes seven critical elements that link to one common goal for sustainability.

CES has been working with Aboriginal communities across Canada in developing Pando Terra™ Community Tourism Plans. Following the same approach and principles described above, these Plans focus primarily on tourism development initiatives, ranging from training programs, partnership opportunities to community infrastructure requirements.

We have worked with:
  • The Cree Nation of Nemaska
  • The Cree Nation of Ouje-Bougoumou
  • The Cree Nation of Wemindji
  • Great Spirit Circle Trail and the Aboriginal Tourism Ontario Strategy
  • The Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association
These communities and organizations have benefitted from an integrated approach to developing tourism. They've been provided with an in-depth plan that is practical, easy-to-use and flexible over the long-term. The plans created are in tune with local realities and respect the community's culture and traditions.

We have also completed Pando Terra Go Forward Plans for the following communities:

  • Chippewas of Georgina Island
  • Sto:lo Nation
  • Metlakatla First Nation
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Kitselas First Nation
In these Go Forward Plans we conducted an initial assessment and resource inventory of the community's tourism opporunities and provided a concise Go Forward Action Plan to set direction for tourism development.

If your community is looking towards tourism as a sustainable economic development initiative you can get started by completing a concise Go Forward Plan Action Plan, or a more in-depth Communtiy Tourism Plan. Contact Jessica at 1-877-444-5550 or

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