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This press release originally appeared on the IUCN World Parks Congress website.     Sydney, Australia, Wednesday 19 November 2014 (IUCN) – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging from halting rainforest loss in the Asia-Pacific and tripling ocean protection off Africa’s coasts to a business commitment to plant 1.3 billion trees along the historic Silk Road.  ...
This original press release appeared on the IUCN World Parks Congress website.   Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014 (IUCN) – Increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, provided well-functioning management systems are in place, according to a new report unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.   Highlighting a global collection of case studies from Machu Picchu in Peru to the Damaraland Camp in Namibia, the IUCN report, Tourism and Visitor Management in...
by Marcelo Merlo   Ecuador es un país que se encuentra posicionándose como una potencia turística. Ya son varios los galardones que han puesto su nombre en los más alto dentro de la industria, sin embargo en el 2013, este país recibió el galardón al “World Green Destination”, un importante reconocimiento al enorme esfuerzo que se está llevando a cabo para proteger la naturaleza, diversidad, cultura, tradiciones y variedad de este gran destino.   Actualmente el turismo representa la tercera fuente de ingreso en el...
by Marcelo Merlo     Ecuador is a country that is positioning itself as a strong ecotourism destination. There are already several awards that have recognized the country, such as the "World Green Destination" award, an important recognition of the tremendous efforts being undertaken to protect nature, diversity, culture, traditions and the variety that characterizes this great destination.   Currently tourism is the third largest source of income in Ecuador, and it is gradually achieving a step up to become the third economic source. There is a great desire to make...
Give Green Gifts this Festive Season!     Ditch the kitch!   Compensate for the carbon footprint of your holiday travel this year. Gift green this festive season with Greenpop’s holiday tree drive!   Sponsor an indigenous tree (or two or three) for your friends, family, staff, or clients and Greenpop will plant it on their behalf in Africa's southernmost forest - the Platbos Forest, Overberg Region, South Africa, where Greenpop has planted 18,000 trees in reforestation efforts to date! You will receive a personalised e-card which you can forward on to your gift...
Borneo Eco Tours awarded as Winner in the “Best in Community Engagement & Development” category by Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Initiatives in ITB Asia, Singapore     Mr. Albert Teo (Managing Director of Borneo Eco Tours & Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Chairman of BEST Society) receiving the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award for Borneo Eco Tours Malaysia.   “Based in Malaysian Borneo, Borneo Eco Tours has been a pioneer in responsible nature tours since 1991. Two of their most popular destinations in which they operate includes...
In September 2014, Southwind Adventures Travel Specialist Cynthia Ord embarked on the M/V Aria, a 32-passenger deluxe vessel, for a five-day Peruvian Amazon river cruise. The voyage departed from Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest.   For me, cruising the Peruvian Amazon in the luxury of the M/V Aria had its obvious perks. The experience felt almost like spectating a grand performance. In my cabin I had a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window framing an unbeatable view of the river, and a California king-sized bed with fine Peruvian cotton linens where I could curl up and...
    DON’T get naked While streaking in some parts of the world can make for a good story and interesting pictures, doing it in Peru can make for some serious trouble, especially now that the government is cracking down on those who expose their cracks.   DO bring a reusable water bottle. All trash, including plastic drinking bottles, has to be shipped from Machu Picchu to Cusco City via train. Help reduce waste by carrying water in a bottle that doesn’t get tossed when emptied.   DON’T touch the ruins While it’s tempting to touch the massive...
  by Shannon Sims   "Looking for guilt-free chocolate? Well, maybe there’s no such thing, but if you source it to Brazil’s Bahia state, chances are good that you at least won’t be contributing to the destruction of tropical forestland. That’s because an old method of growing cacao underneath the ancient trees has suddenly become new again, and it’s actually helping to preserve Brazil’s most endangered forest..."   Shannon Sims is a freelance journalist writing for Foreign Policy, Ozy, and NPR on culture, Brazil, and the...
  “The Hogsback Reforest Fest was a huge success. 250 people gathered to plant 2400 trees and dance the night away at one of the most beautiful sites in the country – Terra-Khaya Eco and Family Lodge. Greenpop is so grateful to everyone who helped make this happen. It was our first time working in the Eastern Cape and we hope to expand on the concept with local partners and to create ongoing impact in Hogsback and the surrounding areas in years to come.” Lauren O’Donnell Greenpop Managing Director   The Greenpop Hogsback Reforest Fest on 12-14 September...
  Echidna Walkabout has been an Australian member of TIES for a number of years. The paper, "As Plain as the Nose on their Face", is the result of an important study of wild koalas carried out by tour company, Echidna Walkabout. This work is not only an important breakthrough in techniques for identifying individual animals in the wild (and therefore monitoring their movements and behaviour) but also a significant example of how a tourism operator can act as a credible research organisation. These facets combined make Echidna Walkabout's presentation at the Pathways...
  Healthy Ecosystems Key to Better Food Security   UN Agencies Unite to Strengthen Support for Sustainable Ecosystems and to Implement New Sustainable Food Systems Programme   New York, 24 September 2014 –Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to ensure better support for the functioning of critical ecosystem services that underlie food security.   “Healthy ecosystems are the lifeblood of food security, especially in developing countries, where...
      "Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to eternal fusion with the cosmos, there we feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America,” penned the renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.     This sentiment is shared by avid travelers, history buffs and culture lovers who flock by the millions every year to witness the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. The truth is, it’s one of the few places that people from all over the world say they want to see for themselves before they die. Each day, about 2,500 people do....
  Wellness tourism is a niche segment within the travel industry, but one that is steadily growing.  Essentially it is a movement to change travel to include healthy activities and options that will bring authentic experiences and rejuvenation to the tourism industry. New TIES partner, Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW), is an organization dedicated to promoting and developing this industry across countries, regions, and sectors, with the ultimate goal of improving personal well-being and economic growth through travel. WTW has researched many growing trends in the industry. Rather...
  Api Nampa Conservation Area – a personal experience     The ‘Sauka’, or also called ‘Bhotiyas’, consist of several communities that live in the Himalayan Mountains in the upper Mahakali Valley along the border region of Nepal, Tibet and India. In former times, they were involved in trans-Himalayan trade between the Gangetic Plains and the Tibetan Plateau until the Sino-Indian border was sealed in 1962 due to war. With mainly sheep and goats, the ‘Sauka’ traditionally transported sugar, grain and woolen products from India to...
    In May, a tour operator training was conducted in the Ramaroshan Area of Far West Nepal. The training was organized by Tourism Development Society (TDS) and supported by the Inclusive Development of the Economy Programme (INCLUDE), which is a joint Nepali-German initiative under the guidance of the Ministry of Industry (MoI) and with technical assistance of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as well as GmbH acting on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The six-day training...
      Since the Chobe Game Lodge was first constructed in the 1970s, they have worked to develop responsible tourism initiatives.  The lodge is located in Chobe National Park, which is an essential safari destination. There, you can find a huge concentration of wildlife living amongst riparian forests, fan palms, papyrus, woodlands, floodplain grasses, and reeds. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants at one time as they cross the floodplains. Often, you might witness battles over territory between hyenas and lions, with jackals waiting patiently for leftovers....
  After completing a similar project in the Guria region of Georgia, the Ecotourism Development Center started a new research project to investigate the potential of agritourism in Tbilisi and the surrounding areas. This project was commissioned by Georgian National Tourism Administration. The main objective of the study is to identify potential tourism facilities that are able and willing to take guests and have agritourism infrastructure.  Including providers such as local wineries; accommodations (guesthouses) that have their own small organic farms and can offer tourist local...
July 1, 2014, WASHINGTON, DC and BURLINGTON, VT - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International (EWI) have released their first Ecotourism Master Class, Tourism and Community Development: Tested Strategies for a Better Future, for instant replay.   By launching the Instant Replay series, TIES and EWI are reducing barriers for tourism professionals to have access to very current, affordable, field-based education and training not available in text or paper form. The four-part course is composed of four 3 hour modules led by Peter Richards of...
    Alaska Wildland Adventures has been dedicated to promoting and practicing ecotourism for over 30 years. Ecotourism is an innovative tool to promote the conservation of wild areas. Often misused as a catch phrase describing nature travel, ecotourism actually represents a means of protection for remote wild areas through sound and sustainable economic development. To truly be successful, ecotour operators not only tread lightly but must also set limits upon their use of the land and its resources.   Here are some specific ways that Alaska Wildland Adventures puts ecotourism...

 

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