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Vision statement and comments on development in Monteverde.
Declaracin de la visin y comentarios de desarrollo en Monteverde.
Ecotourism--Costa Rica--Monteverde, Puntarenas
Sustainable Futures 2007
t Sustainable Futures
Vision Ecotourism, here in Monteverde, has begun to change not only the physical environment but also the ideas and values of its people. In th e past, farmland was the most important concern. Now the minds of the people are preoccupi ed with tourism. The majority is less concerned with the environment and look to tou rism to feed their families. While there is nothing wrong in this shift, most importan t is to maintain this town so not only is there something to visit but also some place that w e would want to leave our children. Development, after all is about what we are going t o leave the next generation. Building a place on tourism but not protecting and conservin g it will only feed your family today, not tomorrow. What a developing community needs to remember is it s Imageability. What will the travel guides say about Monteverde in the future? Would you want to read that Monteverde was a beautiful town that lost its charm to concrete and noise? Or, would you rather read that Monteverde remains a charming town that offers the tourist a serious look at Costa Rican culture and ecology? Places li ke Yellow Stone National Park and Adirondack National Park, two of the largest and mo st important national parks in the united states, will stay great places to visit beca use what people visit will remain. Do not forget people come to Monteverde not to see the new bank or shopping mall with more parking but come here because travel books describe an oasis in the middle of two lovingly preserved cloud forests. When you think o f development you should not look for general solutions to common problems, you shoul d look for the Monteverde solution. What does that look like? It is our hope and intention that this document ser ves as a beginning of a conversation and the start of an investigation into the spirit o f Monteverde. What is Monteverde architecture? What is a Monteverde road? How do t hose two fit into the unique landscape?