SUSPIRO: Sustainable Surf Tourism Solutions for Coastal Communities
SUSPIRO's sustainable surf tourism model offers an innovative approach to
community-led alternatives to development in surf tourism destinations.
Employing an inclusive, community-driven and assets-based methodology,
SUSPIRO works with local people to strengthen social and ecological
wellbeing, fortify local economies, prevent overdevelopment, subvert
neocolonial power dynamics, co-create sustainable community projects
and develop locally self-determined management frameworks by
facilitating dialogue and action across social sectors.
In affiliation with the Community Economies Research Network, SUSPIRO
offers the first comprehensive process for implementing locally determined
sustainability practices, strengthening alternatives to development in surfing
destinations, and centering local community members' perspectives and
objectives on conservation and sustainability in the places they call home.
We are raising funds to launch our pilot project with the community of Playa
Hermosa (Santa Teresa), Costa Rica. Specifically, your contributions directly
support the salaries of six local team members in Playa Hermosa, who will serve
as SUSPIRO project leaders in vital collaboration with the wider community.
Your support contributes to the long-term social and natural wellbeing of the
Playa Hermosa community, and is a vote of confidence toward our shared vision
that a sustainable future for global surf tourism is indeed possible!
Following our pilot program, SUSPIRO will continue working toward sustainable
solutions in surfing destinations throughout Central America and Southeast Asia. Learn more about SUSPIRO here
Thank you so much for your support and contribution!
Tara Ruttenberg, M.A.
PhD Candidate, Development Studies
SUSPIRO is a project of Tarantula Surf: A Space for Possibility