It was in Fiji in mid 1990s that Dr. Ayala first defined the potential and strategy of intertwining tourism, conservation, and research (TCR) at a national scale. At the invitation of the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States, she expanded the TCR opportunity for Fiji to a blueprint for the South Pacific economy, in the context of “Vaka Moana—Ocean Roads of the Pacific” (a cultural program of UNESCO, which seeks to assist the Pacific peoples to further develop their heritage and to promote economic development consistent with the conservation and careful use of the region’s resources).
Hana Ayala, “Vaka Moana: A Roadmap for the South Pacific Economy.” In: A Hooper, editor, Culture and Sustainable Development in the Pacific (Asia Pacific Press, 2000, pp. 190-206) – http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ch159.pdf
Subsequently, her Action Plan for National Development and International Prestige of the Republic of Fiji: Blueprint for a TCR Leadership® Economy of Fiji was endorsed by Fiji’s Cabinet on 13 February 2001 and on 7 May 2002.
The strategy in Fiji and across the Pacific Island Region is to develop an “infrastructure” of projects and mechanisms that will make it economically viable and socially beneficial for the Pacific Island Nations to permanently protect their extraordinary geological formations, archaeological legacies, and land and marine ecosystems as databanks of knowledge that will be systematically unlocked through world-class science exploration and discovery and used to expand and enhance the region’s education and economic systems.