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Tourism has become one of the most important industries in the world with significant growth potential. Mexico attracts most tourists in all of Latin America, and with over 20 millions visitors each year, it is among the top ten tourist destinations worldwide. Tourism is one of the leading industries in the country, and the Mexican Caribbean relies largely on tourism.   Pressure imposed on the environment by the drastic and constant increase of tourism in the Riviera Maya and Cancún – as well as the lack of sustainable planning and management in many of Mexico...
By Cheryl Butner, CEDO   In the middle of the Sonoran Desert lie an enormous dormant volcano and the largest "sea" of sand dunes found in North America. Welcome to El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, the fourth largest land reserve in Mexico, where you will find some of the most diverse and fascinating ecosystems in the Sonoran desert. In addition the awesome volcanic landscape and expansive dunes, you will also find vast fields of cholla, saguaro, senita, and ocotillo cactus, and rare animal species like the Sonoran Pronghorn antelope. Located...
This article was first published by our friends at whl.travel, who have agreed to its republication here. View original article on The Travel Word   By Jacqueline Baleon   Located in the Ejido (communal land) of El Rosario, only 45 minutes to the south of La Paz (the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur), is the lonely Cactus Sanctuary (Santuario de los Cactus), in which 50 hectares of parkland have been divided into 50 distinct areas to preserve cacti and endemic plants found only in this part of the globe.   Despite its beauty, the sanctuary...
Professional Summer Program on Global Sustainable Ecotourism Development To Be Offered at University of Vermont   BURLINGTON, VT, March 15, 2010 - Megan Epler Wood, the founder of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), is initiating a new short-course, Global Sustainable Ecotourism Development, at the University of Vermont, July 12-16, 2010. This course is being launched in honor of the 20th anniversary of TIES.   In the past 20 years, ecotourism has emerged as one of the most dynamic and discussed tools for sustainable development. In the last 10 years, the field...
This article was originally published by Lights of Africa. View original article on Lights of Africa blog Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania Chumbe Island, a half-mile-long coral rag island just eight miles south of Zanzibar’s infamous Stone Town, has become a celebrated ecotourism success story in the Zanzibar archipelago. Its history is a narrative best told directly by Sibylle Riedmiller, a German conservationist who came to Chumbe looking for a coral reef to protect in the late 80s. After years of complex negotiations among several actors, Sibylle’s...
By Cheryl Butner, CEDO   Between one of the driest deserts on Earth – the Sonoran Desert – and one of the richest seas – the Gulf of California – lie the estuaries of the Northern Gulf of California, areas unique in their great beauty and extraordinary biodiversity. Morúa Estuary, near Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, is a prime example of an ecosystem vital to the biology and socio-economic well-being of this region.   One of the few intact estuaries left in the Northern Gulf of California, Morúa is a habitat for a wide range of...
By Rebecca Rothney, Founder, Pack for a Purpose How to Make Big Impact with Little Effort Pack for a Purpose™ is a newly founded non-profit organization dedicated to providing needed educational materials and medical supplies to children around the world. The organization was founded on the principal that every little bit helps, and all it takes to get involved is to use a small amount space in your luggage for supplies when packing for a trip abroad. The concept is simple, and getting involved is easy.   The Pack for a Purpose website lists, by country, the contact...
By Stefanie Baeker, Project Mayan Encounter   There is a lot to learn and explore in Riviera Maya, if one chooses to go beyond the tourist areas. Having lived in this region for six years, I have personally gained valuable insights in terms of downsizing my life. Simplifying our lives does not mean that we have to let go of quality. Downsizing can be liberating, and can help us become more at ease with our lives during the current times of economical and ecological "cleansing." We have to ask ourselves, what do we really need? Knowledge and experience gained through...
In 2008, Rios Tropicales, led by co-founder Rafael Gallo, moved into international sustainable community development collaboration by winning a South-South grant for a rural tourism project between Bhutan and Costa Rica. Rios Tropicales has historically kept a low profile about its sustainable tourism practices and philosophy within its company operations and across its local Costa Rican communities.   Winning a large international rural development grant in 2008 enabled Rios Tropicales to expand its sustainable tourism practices to include a focus on international knowledge-...
Bardessono's Environmental Commitment Bardessono has received the highest level of official recognition possible for its sustainable and environmentally friendly design. At Bardessono we have chosen to act on our environmental values. We believe that making progress on environmental issues comes, in part, from developing working models that provide examples to follow. Our model demonstrates two things: A hotel can provide a fully luxurious guest experience and be very green at the same time, and environmental initiatives can be implemented in a manner that is practical, economic...
By Rafael Gallo, Co-Founder, Rios Tropicales Vision for Sustainable Adventure In 1985 Jimmy, Fernando and I started Rios Tropicales because we loved running rivers, we knew our small country of Costa Rica had some of the world’s best paddling in the world, and we wanted to share these rivers with others. It was natural to us to protect the rivers we were running, help the communities we were visiting and train fellow Costa Ricans to do what we were doing. Whitewater Action on the World-Famous Pacuare From our years of international paddling experience we knew guide school...
Call for speakers now open for the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2010 (ESTC10) – September 8-10, Portland OR, USA   PORTLAND, OR, February 2, 2010 – Pioneering ecotourism and sustainable travel organization, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), this year presents its ESTC in Portland, Oregon, with a call for speakers to present on conference sessions focusing on triple bottom line approaches to sustainability in travel and tourism. Co-hosted by Travel Portland and Travel Oregon, the ESTC10 will bring together 450+ business leaders, travel and...
The Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 2005 in a remote jungle area of granite hills, savanna and forest, is the first and only privately owned and operated wildlife sanctuary in India. The sanctuary’s mission is to balance the needs of locals and wildlife by combining conservation and ecotourism.   The idea to create a new wildlife refuge in Jalore was first born out of discussions among a group of friends and family - Gajendra Singh Chouhan, a patron of the arts from Jodhpur, and his friends Shanane Davis and Ravindra Singh Chouhan from Kaniwara, a village near...
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...
Grass Routes Journeys is founded on a philosophy of respect for the environment, the culture and the community, and through authentic stories and hands-on experiences, helps bridge boundaries and open up possibilities. It is apparent from the company's people-focused grassroots approaches to travel that respectful interactions with Indigenous communities and their cultural heritage is an integral part of what defines Grass Routes' natural and cultural tourism experiences. TIES asked Claire Prest, co-founder of Grass Routes, to share an insider's view of visitors'...
For children with no home, life is a fast train to nowhere. Salaam Baalak Trust works to restore them to the world of childhood, take them from a lonely dead-end to bonding, learning and the joy of a professional life. Celebrating the Spirit of Survival In the last twenty years, the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) has helped thousands of children come off the streets and into a safe and nurturing environment. SBT has five 24-hour shelters (one devoted to girls), with 50 to 55 children visiting each. The Trust provides a holistic safety net of services catering to the individual needs of...
Chilika Lake, Asia's largest estuarine lagoon hosts over a million birds every winter. Migratory waterfowl wing in from places as far away as Siberia to jostle resident species over freshwater wetland. Water lilies open with the rising sun and a symphony of bird calls flutter to our ears.   We are perched on the northern edge of Chilika Lake overlooking the 1100 square kilometre expanse of waters as it stretches seaward toward the Bay of Bengal. Here, a small but remarkable village has come full circle to protect a vital wetland area of international importance.  ...
By Mikael Castro   "Welcome to the Capital of Ecotourism" read the sign at the entrance of town Bonito, in Brazil's state of Mato Grosso do Sul. A rather ambitions statement, I thought, confident I would find only a few great ecotourism establishments among a pool of green-washed want-to-be’s. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find an amazingly organized, conservation-driven, municipal-wide, policy-driven, multi-stakeholder system for ecotourism.   The key to Bonito's success in ecotourism lies on a delicate balance between tourism...
By Mikael Castro "Welcome to the Capital of Ecotourism" "Welcome to the Capital of Ecotourism" read the sign at the entrance of town Bonito, in Brazil's state of Mato Grosso do Sul. A rather ambitions statement, I thought, confident I would find only a few great ecotourism establishments among a pool of green-washed want-to-be’s. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find an amazingly organized, conservation-driven, municipal-wide, policy-driven, multi-stakeholder system for ecotourism.   "So what makes ecotourism in Bonito so special,...
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...

 

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