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2017 FWOP World Summit International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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October 4 – 6, 2017 CATIE Campus, Turrialba, CR

Pre-Conference Agenda

Sunday, October 1  – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

All day October 1 – 3, 2017 Experience a guided tour and eco-tourism opportunities with A-Wow project in Curridabat, San José

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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

7:00 am to 9:00 am Registration and Reception
9:00 am to 9:30 am Opening Ceremonies

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, General Director CATIE

Sylvester Flores, Founder and President of Future Without Poverty (FWOP)

Dr. Eliécer Vargas, MIST Co-Director

9:30 am to 10:00 am Keynote Addresses:

Dr Todd Spinks,  Advisor, Sustainability & Citizenship, Southwest Airlines

10:00 am to 10:30 am Break
10:30 am to 12:30 am Session 1: Enterprise Development, Poverty and Empowerment

Eduardo Villafranca,  President of Reinventing Business for All (RBA)

Case: Hotel Punta Islita

Our Actions Matters  (7-10 minutes per partner)

Sylvester Flores, FWOP President. Business Development via the Ripley Gourmet Tortilla Factory, Ripley Ohio

Dr.Kendall Brune,  Executive Board FWOP /Development Director – Business and NGO partnerships

Carolyn  Wright , CEO – AWOW  and Rotary President- 2016-17, Lewisville Texas

ACTUAR Representative

Deguesew Derese,  International LLC , Dallas- Focus Africa

Dr. Syeda Jesmin, UNTDallas, Micro Loan Programs- Bangladesh Discussion

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm to 3:40 pm Session 2: Environmental Promotion, Poverty and Empowerment

MSc Ana Baez, CCT President

Case: Biological Corridors in Costa Rica

Session Chair

2:20 pm to 3:40 pm Our  Actions Matters (7-10 minutes per partner)

Daniel Villafranca, Caminos de Osa

Dr. Maria Suarez Toro, PH.D Centro Comunitario de Buceo Embajadores del Mar, Caribe Sur Costa Rica/MsSc Marianita Harvey Project Beneficios del Mar, Costa Rica

Marianella Franklin, Sustainability Officier, UT Rio Grande Valley
Dr Arthur Lee, Community Health Advocate, Chair , ELAM Advisor Board, Nashville, Tenn.

Whitney Carr, UNT (University of North Texas) Future Without Poverty student chapter, “Denton to Nigeria: Clean Water”


3:40 pm to 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Session 3: Education for Sustainability, Poverty and Empowerment

Dr. Mario Piedra, Dean Graduate School at CATIE

Case: Graduate programs at CATIE and the UNSDG

Session Chair

Our Actions Matters   (7-10 minutes per partner)

Ishmaels Kabann, Uganda FWOP Kampala

Fernanda Ornelas , SUBIRE – K- 12 schools,  Guadalajara , Mexico –International Coordination, UNT graduate – Business

Dr.K. C. Birenda,  Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism UNT/CATIE

Dr. Isabel Gutierrez, Prácticas del Desarrollo, CATIE

Brandon Morton, Sustainability Officer, North Lake College, Irving, Texas and Sierra Club Regional Director

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm CATIE´s International Club

Thursday, October 05, 2017

7:30 am to 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am. to 5:00 pm Session: Implementation challenges – as real as can be.

Poverty reduction and implementation challenges: keep sharing knowledge but this time about implementation

Experiential CASE:  Rural Tourism in Mollejones of Turrialba. Here, we aims to attract people interested in sharing know-how at the community level. Mollejones is a remote agricultural community lacking traditional tourism opportunities but have found in community-based rural tourism a way to attract a select market. Come to see how the elderly and the young are been support by this initiative.

Experiential CASE: Santa Cruz, the Cradle of the Turrialba Cheese. Here we aims to attract people interested in small scale agriculture and livestock production. We will learn about challenges with appropriate technology, support systems, and community empowerment strategies.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Parallel events

FWOP Board of Director Meeting

10 year of collaboration – UNT/CATIE

Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism


Friday, October 06, 2017

7:00 am to 8:30 am International Breakfast – prepare for all participants.

CATIE Botanical Garden and Sustainability Educational House

8:30 am to 9:30 am Session: Making FWOP work as a network of knowledge and support

Dr. Eliécer Vargas and Dr. Stan Ingman, Sustainability Educational House and Poverty Reduction

9:30 am to 10:00 am Break
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Our Action Matters – (2 hours for work in groups)- Some initial facilitators  listed below

Group Opportunity for Sustainability Educational House- Schools,  Colleges and Universities –  Dr. E. Vargas, CATIE

Group Opportunity for Costa Rica Network, Southwest Airlines, AWOW, FWOP , CATIE – Christine, Ortega , International Senior Advisor-Community Affairs/Grassroots/SW, Carolyn Wright, CEO-AWOW, Dr.Stan Ingman-FWOP

Group Opportunity for Sustainable Agriculture Cooperation

Group Opportunity for Academic Cooperation- Journals, You Tube Channel-FWOP,  Dr.Iftekhar Amin UNT Dallas, and Arthur Porter, Dallas Designing Dreams ,

Group Opportunity for Community Empowerment- FWOP Advisor Board-Ana Fores and  Andres Pacheco

Group Opportunity for Sustainable Appropriate Technologies Cooperation – Dr.Kuruvilla Johns, Chair, Mechanical and Energy Engineering, UNT. Kevin Peach, Solar Systems, and Tom Benjamin, Executive Board, FWOP,  Greg Ousley, Global Director of Development-FWOP and  Churchill Technology and Sustainable Development Center  – Fulton, Missouri

12:00 am to 2:00 pm Lunch at the Botanical Garden
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Our Common Future as a Network – Planning our next meetings
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Break
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Impact of our conference on poverty reduction
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Closing Ceremonies – Guess speaker (TBA)


After conference opportunities

Saturday, October 07, 2017

All day After conference trips – to be coordinated by Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism

Contact María Suarez Toro, Fundación ACCION YA


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