Published: 15 December 2020
Last edited: 15 December 2020

Establishment of a Local Ecotourism Cluster (LEC) is one of the key elements of the participatory planning element of the MEET approach.The LEC is a public-private tourism cluster and is usually initiated by the protected area and is composed of relevant multi-sector stakeholders. This group works collaboratively to develop and manage the ecotourism product according to a common vision.The LEC creates opportunities for synergy and ensures alignment of core principles amongst those involved, ultimately helping to ensure a successful product. 


Alliance and partnership development
Co-management building
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Legal and policy frameworks, policy advocacy
Management planning
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

The MEET Manuel breaks down this participatory planning element of the MEET Approach and explains best practices for establishing the LEC. 


MEET Members usually capacity building in the form of trainings and additional support from MEET Network to implement the LEC. 

Lessons learned

  • Perspective of the private sector stakeholders has to be included from the beginning in all the steps of development
  • Make sure every voice is heard: Holistic vision beyond economic benefit

  • Coordinate and look for the support of regional/national tourism authorities


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