[Coral-List] Multilaterial Investment Fund Opportunity 2010

Edwards Alyssa aly.edwards at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 03:42:55 EDT 2010

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Call for Proposals

For the past three years, National Geographic Society, Ashoka Changemakers
and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) have been working together to support geotourism initiatives in
the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. For MIF, the concept of
geotourism is fully in line with its vision of sustainable tourism and its
efforts on the regional and global stage to promote tourism, sustainable
development and heritage conservation.
In this context, the MIF Opportunity 2010’s call for proposals in the *Places
on the Edge:  Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations
<http://www.changemakers.com/coasts>*competition is part of a Geotourism
Challenge that has been promoted for the past three years.


The MIF Opportunity 2010 seeks to identify ideas or concepts of sustainable
tourism projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that can become concrete
initiatives to generate replicable solutions at the regional level.


The main focus of the MIF Opportunity 2010 is on innovative solutions that
protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods of local
residents. The MIF will co-finance innovative projects in the field of
sustainable destination management with a focus on geographical areas where
tourism is developing micro, small, and medium-sized companies that offer a
variety of experiences to tourists.

For the MIF, selection of the proposals will be based on the criteria of
innovation, the ability of the idea to be replicated, and the tools that
emerge as a result of the initiatives.

The MIF will support proposals to generate new models, methodologies and
tools aimed at improving the management of sustainable tourism in the
following areas:

1. Partnership models and tools for evaluation and the creation of theme
2. Segmentation and new models offer access to niche markets;
3. The use of geographic tools and technology for sustainable destination
4. Innovative methods for participatory planning and inclusive management
destinations that involve indigenous people;
5. New approaches to public-private management of sustainable destinations;
6. Innovative models of evaluating and monitoring how destinations are being
7. Strategies and tools for marketing and communications for the strategic
positioning of new destinations in markets;
8. New strategies and tools to access finance for micro and small tourism
9. Partnerships and innovative use of technology to optimize market access
and efficiency of the value chain; and
10. New methods and technological support for the training of individuals
and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in tourism.

For more information visit: www.changemakers.com/coasts

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