AEP Graduate Fellow Conducts Survey of Pedasí Area Tourism Businesses

c. Kara Luggen

In order to understand the priorities of the Pedasí tourism business sector and its contribution to the Pedasí community, AEP graduate fellow Kara Luggen conducted interviews with 32 business owners and managers in August 2012. Her report, titled “Pedasí Business Survey: Insights, Concerns and Opportunities for Collaboration” will help the Azuero Earth Project plan programs that better take into account the priorities of all sectors of our community.

When asked about challenges facing the region, businesses emphasized the importance of town planning/zoning, improving the area’s infrastructure, increasing environmental awareness and increasing the stability and accessibility of potable water. See above for a full list of issues and challenges mentioned by survey participants.

The Azuero Earth Project will continue to use the information from the report for project planning and development in 2013. Many thanks to Kara Luggen, candidate to master’s degrees in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the U.N. University for Peace for developing this important report.

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