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Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

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James A. Ciarrocca, M.S.


Ecotourism is a promising source of economic growth in Honduras. The purpose of this project was to build a prototype website to disseminate tourist information online and to create a central geodatabase to facilitate and encourage the data entering, data processing, and data maintenance in the future. The project area encompasses two protected areas: Pico Bonito National Park and Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. This prototype project implemented the ArcGIS 9.2 desktop application and ArcGIS Server 9.2 to (a) develop a web-GIS application to inform potential international and domestic tourists about the two protected areas, and (b) enable local participation in collecting data, creating, and maintaining a geodatabase to ensure consistent data entry and quality control for future ecotourism management. This paper describes data collection, geodatabase design, and the procedures undertaken to customize a website using Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 .NET development environment. (19173 kB)
Web-GIS Services for Sustainable Ecotourism: Protected Areas, Northern Honduras (Poster)


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