Production of Inclusive and Sustainable Ecological Economy: an investigation to develop social/solidarity entrepreneurship strategies for ecotourism in Puebloviejo (Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta)

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The potential inherent in ecotourism, to contribute to sustainable and local economic development, consists of supporting ecological conservation and providing economic and employment opportunities to women, indigenous communities and other marginalized social groups.

This has been identified by the FAO/ONUAA, the International Labor Organization ILO/ILO and the Colombian government and is widely discussed in the academic literature.

The socio-ecological approach to ecotourism implies a comprehensive approach to the problems of conservation and marginalization that brings to the center of the analysis the links between economic productivity and ecological productivity.

However, there are multiple obstacles that make it difficult to carry out inclusive and sustainable ecotourism, which supports conservation and also the economic and ecological sustainability of the economic activities of the local communities where ecotourism attractions are located.

Ecotourism is mainly a luxury sector, oriented to geographical and ecological exceptionalities that frequently imply high access costs in monetary and time terms.

Therefore, its clients demand services and require security measures that are not always available to marginalized local communities and that, therefore, tend to be provided by specialized and non-local companies and this is the case at this site. study.

On the other hand, even though ecological sustainability constitutes a key product for the sector, paradoxically, the ecological impacts of the ecotourism visitors themselves, if not adequately managed, can have serious consequences for the ecological systems of interest.

This means that the design and performance of the sector's socio-ecological sustainability and social inclusion are key factors in ensuring that it is economically productive, inclusive and sustainable.
Short titlePEEIS Ecotourism in Puebloviejo
Effective start/end date1/1/221/31/28

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Main Funding Source

  • National


  • Santa Marta


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