The United Nations declared 2002 the International Year of Ecotourism.
The declaration came as a result of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)-related meeting of the Ad-Hoc (Inter-Agency) Working Group on Tourism, convened at Heredia, Costa Rica in 1999 in which the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) were mandated to work together toward a World Ecotourism Summit, which took place in Quebec, Canada in May, 2002.
Having covered ecotourism on the Web since 1994, Planeta.com created an online guide and conducted the IYE 2002 Forum (archives disappearing in December 2019) to promote a dialogue among interested parties. In April 2002 at the request of UNEP and UNWTO, Planeta website founder Ron Mader developed and moderated the Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference.
Assessment of the results achieved in realizing aims and objectives of the International Year of Ecotourism
World Ecotourism Summit – Final Report
Conference Report: The World Ecotourism Summit