Green Choice by EnvCML

Green Choice by EnvCML

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    1 (403) 264-5348

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Regions of Expertise

    Central America and the Caribbean
    South America

Isabelle Alvarez

Ms. Isabelle Alvarez

Environmental and Sustainable Tourism Consultant | Independent

Areas of Expertise

Destination Management/Planning, Education and Research, Indigenous Tourism, Protected Area Management, Wildlife Conservation/Management

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Consulting Assignments, Training Programs


Born in France of Spanish parents, I developed an interest for nature, adventure and travel early in my life and as a teenager I was already fascinated by tropical rainforests and their communities. I pursued a career in tourism and the environment and obtained a Master's Degree in Tourism from the University of Angers (France) and later a Master's Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary (Canada). I lived several years in Peru while doing research on ecotourism and sustainability in the rainforest of Manu Biosphere Reserve. I also lived and worked in several other countries (Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Guadeloupe, the USA, Canada) either as a volunteer, an academic researcher or on a contract. My work experience ranges from being an interpretive guide, a biological technician, an environmental advisor, to that of an environmental and sustainable tourism consultant. I have also been designing educational and responsible tourism trips. My areas of interest are sustainable tourism, protected areas, World Heritage Sites, conservation of natural and cultural resources, local communities, and environmental education. I am a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-WCPA) and of its Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group; the  International Ecotourism Society (TIES); and the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB).

Educational Background

2005 - Master of Environmental Design (Environmental Science), Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada; Thesis: "The Ecological Sustainability of Ecotourism in Manu Reserved Zone, Peru" (two volumes,over 1000 pages). Available at

1993 - Postgraduate program in Environmental Science,  Institute of Environmental Science (I.U.C.A.), University Complutense of Madrid, Spain

1990 - Master of Tourism, Faculty of Environmental Science, University of Angers, France; Thesis: "Conservation and Tourism Activity in the Irish National Parks"                    

1987 -Bachelor of Social and Economic Administration, Faculty of Economics, University of Bordeaux I, France





About TIES

As the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, sustainable travel..




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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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