UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
UWRF has a long history of global engagement for both faculty and students. This is reflected through research and service projects by faculty and their students, as well as a wide variety of Semester Abroad, Traveling Classroom, and Study Tour Programs. The Institute is engaged in a variety of international projects with sustainable community development as the platform for ecotourism projects as an economic diversification vehicle, as well as many other contexts, especially energy and food.
The Institute, with various faculty and students, has provided on-site assistance to the China Exploration and Research Society (CERS) for planning and design of ecotourism projects in northwestern Yunnan Province on the southern Tibetan Plateau. For example, UWRF student Nick Bisley participated in conceptual planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of an improved trail system for both visitors and local residents of the Mei Xiang Community and Langdu Village (also known as the Langdu Cheese Factory site). These trails are intended to cater to both the recreational needs of visitors and the daily utilitarian needs of the native community at large. A new commercial scale building has been built along with several log cabin buildings, with the intention of accommodating tourists. The goal of the owners and stakeholders is to make this site an ecotourism/”geotourism” destination.
Information about our projects in Sweden and Nicaragua forthcoming ...