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Adventure Travel World Summit 2009 to Feature Forums on Sustainable Tourism   Washington, DC, August 25, 2009–Two newly featured forums scheduled for the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s 2009 Adventure Travel World Summit, both addressing sustainable tourism, will gain heightened conservation expertise and perspectives through the first-time conference collaboration between the ATTA and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).   ATTA and TIES, which for years have together explored common interests in promoting responsible tourism and sustainable...
  Costa Rica is a small biologically diverse country in Central America, hosting 6% of all the species of flora and fauna on the planet in an area about the size of West Virginia in the USA. Costa Rica has been the global leader in the areas of conservation and sustainable tourism. Throughout its history, Costa Rica has demonstrated its progressive efforts to promote peace, conserve the environment, and strengthen the cultural identity of the Costa Rican through responsibly managed tourism development.   in 1995, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) created a...
New dates and new opportunities for the ESTC 2010 conference, organized by The International Ecotourism Society, Travel Portland and Travel Oregon   Washington, DC, August 13, 2009 - The organizers of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) have confirmed the recently announced date‐change for the next ESTC conference as September 8‐10, 2010. The ESTC 2010 will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers in downtown Portland, Oregon, USA.   "Together with our destination hosts, Travel Portland and Travel Oregon, TIES will utilize the coming...
By Linda Rivero, President and Founder, Women Travel for Peace   As our ferry approached the opposite shore of Senegal's Soungrougrou River, the air began to throb with rhythmic drumming. Waving arms and brilliant smiles beckoned to us. The stunning village women, dressed in their dazzlingly colorful boubous, ran to us singing and clapping as we disembarked.   We were the five women who had traveled to Senegal with Women Travel for Peace. Our goal: to fund and help construct a sturdy, concrete well for the women's farming collective. While this project had begun...
Galapagos Biodiversity Challenge "Galápagos is going through rapid population growth and economic development, yet its educational system is not developing at the same pace...[contributing] to a continuous dependence on professionals from mainland Ecuador and, consequently, an increase in migration to the islands. Building local capacity by training the next generation of conservation leaders is important... because we are building a cadre of local people who are committed to the unique Galápagos environment and can fill technical jobs, thereby reducing the number of...
Roteiros de Charme Hotel Association was founded in Rio de Janeiro by five independent hoteliers in 1992, immediately following UNCED, as a private non-profit organization. Recognising the pressure imposed by the growing tourism industry on the maintenance and integrity of ecosystems and biological diversity, its mission is to support actions that encourage environmental conservation where they operate, aiming at promoting the sustainable development of tourism in Brazil.   Roteiros de Charme has reaffirmed its commitment to the environment through the development and adoption...
By Ariane Janér, Co-founder, EcoBrasil   When travelling through Brazil, you see horses everywhere. According to the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute's 2007 data, there are nearly 6 million horses in the country, which means Brazil has the fourth largest herd in the world.   Many of these horses are of mixed origin and often used in cattle-ranching. But Brazilians also breed and enjoy riding quality horses in disciplines that range from classical dressage to horseback archery. Apart from popular imported breeds such as Quarterhorses and Arabs,...
By Ariane Janer, co-founder, EcoBrasil Fauna and Flora of Brazil The present day mammal fauna of Brazil is a mixture of the descendants of ancient inhabitants of Gondwanaland and newcomers that descended from North America with the closing of the Panama land bridge about 3 million years ago. The first group includes anteaters, sloths and armadillo’s and marsupials. Some animals managed to reach South America after it was isolated, but before the sea became an unsurpassable barrier. These include the new world primates and the caviomorph rodents. But many of South America...
By Ariane Janer, co-founder, EcoBrasil THE AMAZON -The Largest Rainforest in the World The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It covers an area of 5 million square kilometers of which 80% is on Brazilian territory. It is the largest and most intact rainforest region in the world. Through it flows an extensive drainage system of more than a thousand rivers and in the skies over the rainforest, you have the flying rivers that flow in the opposite direction from the ocean to the Andes. It is estimated that water is recycled as vapour and rain 5 times on this journey...
By Ariane Janer, co-founder, EcoBrasil   Visitors to Brazil usually list the stunning nature of Brazil as the number one attraction, but the friendly nature of Brazilians themselves comes a close second. As anyone who has visited Brazil can attest, Brazilians are fun loving and very welcoming. You will encounter this warm hospitality everywhere you go, whether it is in a small remote community or the big city. Visiting Brazil: The Essentials Climate The climate varies according to latitude and altitude. The seasons are exactly the opposite of those in Europe and the United...
  Michaela Caughlan, Lonely Planet What is Lonely Planet's approach to promoting responsible travel?   In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it's not [always] easy being green. At Lonely Planet we hope to give our travelers the tools and the inspiration they need to try a new way of traveling: a green way. We hope our online information, our guidebooks and our responsible tourism features such as GreenDexes (Green Indexes) and our commitment to using credibly certified paper for our products, such as FSC or PEFC certified paper, will reveal a way of traveling that will...
Sarah Chapman, Go Native America Could you describe the experience of developing the relationships which serve as the foundation for your tours?   Relationships in Native America are built on trust – a lot of it! It takes time to create the kind of relationships you need in order to know that everyone – guide and client – will be happy with their time spent together. Most of our guides come to us through recommendation – we don’t advertise positions ever, but the familial structures within native communities are a huge strength when we are looking...
Mitakuye Oyasin Go Native America's responsible travel policy is "Mitakuye Oyasin," the final phrase in Lakota prayer which translates to: "We are all related in the Circle of Life – the two-legged, four legged, winged, and all living and growing things upon the Earth."   Go Native America operates in an environmentally-friendly fashion with the utmost respect for the Native American community, employing only Indigenous people as guides, and using tribally owned accommodations for tour members. In an effort to support the local tribal economy,...
Darla Cook, Vice President of Public Relations, Forever Resorts Tell us about Forever Resorts' environmental education and community outreach efforts.   As a hospitality business, Forever Resorts procures hundreds of thousands of items every year through thousands of suppliers, artists and vendors. Realizing we too can impact the environment and enlighten and educate many others, we've developed an extensive and comprehensive environmental health and safety management program called Forever Earth that encompasses every Forever Resorts property, our partners,...
Keith Sproule, Owner, The Bentwood Inn As the owner of a lodge accommodating travelers in one of the most important natural environments in North America, what do you do to ensure that guests return home more aware, and empowered to inspire others?   The Bentwood Inn offers visitors to Jackson Hole an opportunity to become truly immersed in the ecology and history of this diverse corner of the US. In addition to warm and cozy hospitality at the only Select Registry property in Wyoming, guests are treated to a weekly presentation by Benj Sinclair, a professional naturalist...
For Bardessono Inn and Spa, being a green hotel is a conscious choice that does not interfere with the commitment to providing a fully luxurious guest experience.   The hotel, designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design, strives to be as transparent as possible in communicating its environmental initiatives.   "Along with many around the world my concern over global warming and environmental degradation has continued to grow. I have become increasingly...
Rediscover the natural and cultural charms of the top international destination!   WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2009 - Consistently ranking among the top six international destinations, and boasting 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is an endless abundance of awe-inspiring places to explore in the United Kingdom. Many parts of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), remain wild and pristine, offering unique opportunities to journey off the beaten path and into the great outdoors. Throughout March, ecoDestinations is offering tips on how to experience the best of the...
  By Sallie Grayson, Programme Director, people and places   There's been a huge increase in the number of chat rooms about responsible travel and volunteering. Even a perfunctory trawl through the mass of news and views now available shows that one of the biggest surprises to many volunteers is how little of the money they paid, to the organisation that marketed and arranged their placement, actually reaches the country they are volunteering in - never mind the community with whom they work.   Many people researching volunteer opportunities firstly question...
By Beatrice Blake, author of The New Key to Costa Rica & CONSERVacations Green Itineraries Designer Development of Community Tourism in Costa Rica Since I have been excited by the development of community-owned ecotourism businesses in Costa Rica over the last decade, and have given them a lot of space in The New Key to Costa Rica, I started seeing over development as a community issue too. It's a sign that the people of a community do not have a say in what goes on there - to the point where the community's water supply can be threatened. This has been the subject of...
Peace with Nature "Resources that accumulated over eons of geological time are being consumed in a single human lifespan. We are crossing natural thresholds that we cannot see and violating deadlines we do not recognize. These deadlines determined by nature are not politically negotiable." - Lester Brown, President, World Policy Institute   The Initiative "Peace with Nature," which gives birth to the National Strategy for Climate Change, and which plans to convert Costa Rica in a carbon neutral country by the year 2021, asks for great changes and reveals big...

 

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