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Conservation and Environmental Economics:
An Eco-Tourism Opportunity in Mission Bay Park!
At our October Breakfast Dialogue, C-3 is proud to welcome guest speaker Andy Drumm, an Ecotourism Specialist with expertise in conservation and environmental economics, to speak about the benefits of ecotourism and how they apply to the revitalization of Mission Bay Park.
The City of San Diego is in the midst of a multi-faceted planning effort relating to several parts of Mission Bay Park. Expiring leases create an opportunity to reconsider land uses – development, recreation, conservation – around the bay.
C-3 wants to see the current discussion expanded to consider how Mission Bay might be re-imagined as an eco-tourism district, restoring the bay to an improved environmental condition and developing the kinds of facilities and uses that will make the bay and its surroundings economically sustainable and attractive to both local residents and visitors.
The future of Mission Bay is as important to this region as the debate over reuse of the Mission Valley stadium site, but is receiving far less attention!
Several local stakeholders, including beautifulPB and the PB EcoDistrict, have recommended to the City to reevaluate the vision as an EcoDistrict framework for the future of the entire Mission Bay Park and its surrounding areas, to connect to Fiesta Island, Kendall-Frost Preserve, Rose Creek, the San Diego River, and the Mid Coast Trolley line. This vision would redefine recreational uses, generate funding and protect this unique natural environment. The priority of this framework is to ensure connectivity in protecting the natural environment supported by the economics of ecotourism, mobility and housing for the future of San Diegans and our visitors.
Join us in October to hear how ecotourism can succeed at Mission Bay to foster connections and generate needed revenue, while prioritizing the protection of the Bay’s natural resources.
Andy Drumm has over 20 years of experience working as an entrepreneur and specialist in conservation, ecotourism, sustainable tourism, and sustainable development. He specializes in sustainable tourism policy and planning; biodiversity; protected areas conservation; financial sustainability; threat reduction; capacity building; and product development. He will speak to optimizing tourism benefits for the environment, local people and sustainable economic development and is the author of many publications on these issues.
2018 Breakfast Dialogue