Announcing the Recipients of Four Winds Recognition

Indigenous Peoples Week took place August 8-14. The objective is to help raise awareness of Indigenous tourism options around the world and improve digital literacy skills among Indigenous friends. Partners in this endeavor are Nutti Sámi Siida, TIME Unlimited, Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and The Travel Word. This was our sixth annual celebration of social web …

Encouraging Engagement

One of the greatest challenges for those working in conservation and tourism, economic development and job creation is how to develop engagement with the public — critical if we wish to encourage sustainable practices. Engagement (aka ‘meaningful interaction’) needs to be central to our work, not an add-on. We need an engagement strategy as much as any …

Livestreaming in the USA: Virtual Park Circuit

US national parks deserve kudos for making the most of live, unscripted videos. Check out the list of parks on Periscope! Today — On August 22 National Park Service sites across the country will begin the week’s celebration of the service’s centennial by using Facebook Live to explore innovation, one park at a time. This ‘virtual park …

#IPW6 Day One: Request for Introductions / Livestreaming

Day 1! Welcome to Indigenous Peoples Week, 2016. Hashtag: #ipw6 Our conversations are about to unfold on Facebook as well as Twitter and other social channels. Don’t worry. All of this is curated on the Planeta Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/indiweek2016 Today: Livestreaming around 1030am PT via FacebookLive.  Direct link Today’s requests: If you have not done so already, please …

How do we make our parks more inclusive? = ¿Cómo hacemos que nuestros parques son más incluyentes? #Next100chat

incluyentes How do we make our parks more inclusive? ¿Cómo hacemos que nuestros parques son más incluyentes? Here are highlights from today’s (August 3, 2016) #Next100Chat tweetchat celebrating the100th anniversary of the US National Park Service. Follow Voces Verdes @VocesVerdes Starting now! TweetChat on the Next 100 Coalition’s celebration of@NatlParkService’s 100th anniversary. Use #Next100Chat to follow …

Preview: 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee #40whc

Istanbul, Turkey hosts the 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee July 10-20, 2016. Hashtag: #40whc The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session, which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ülker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of …

Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium #ICRS2016

coralsquare Hawai’i – This week (June 19-14) the International Coral Reef Symposium gathers 2,500+ coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 97 nations to present the latest research (and more!) in coral sustainability. It’s an important meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing friends and colleagues let us know the highlights. Key links 13th International Coral Reef Symposium …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Las Vegas is the hub of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas. You can #findyourpark in any direction! One of the gems is 30 miles to the north. Desert National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 …

The best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador

Planeta.com – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has left more than 600 people dead and thousands injured. This week the country mourns. In an impromptu hangout Friday, April 22, Dominic Hamilton shared his observations and reflections from Quito. Dom’s main take-home message: The best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador. Planeta’s request/challenge: we need to …