Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas

Photo: Ron Mader, Lake Mead NRA Visitors’ Center Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go …

Wish List for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development #iy2017

The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of …

Travel. Enjoy. Respect. #iy2017

This page – a work in progress – documents 2017’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. hashtags #IY2017, #travelenjoyrespect Background The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on December 4, 2015, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation …

The Challenge of Ecotourism

  by John Shores One of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism business is nature-oriented tourism. The travel industry has enlisted the support of environmental organizations and park agencies and is promoting nature travel as the hottest “environmentally correct” activity available. But is ecotourism the panacea these promoters claim? The author argues that ecotourism …

Lake Skadar

Photo: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, Blyde River Canyon Sunset Developing story: SOS from activists warning of development threatening the environmental integrity of Europe’s Lake Skadar. Lake Skadar Background Lake Skadar is a freshwater lake on the borders of Albania and Montenegro. On the Montenegro side, the lake (Skadarsko Jezero) has been a protected national park …

Responsible Travel Week 2017 #rtweek17

Join us for Responsible Travel Week, February 13-19 and fall in love with responsible travel. 2017 is the ninth year for Responsible Travel Week and Planeta.com’s 17th year of innovative online conferencing. One of Planeta.com’s tentpole events, Responsible Travel Week manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Registration is open. Participation is free and Pay …

Greater Alpine National Parks

Parks Victoria (@ParksVictoria) has released the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan which will guide the future management of Alpine, Baw Baw, Errinundra, Mount Buffalo and Snowy River national parks, Avon Wilderness Park, Tara Range Park, and Walhalla, Howqua Hills, Grant, Mount Wills and Mount Murphy Historic Areas. The intent of the plan is to protect and enhance …

Cancún Declaration (Text)

CANCUN DECLARATION ON MAINSTREAMING THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF BIODIVERSITY FOR WELL-BEING Source: CBD Wiki: http://planeta.wikispaces.com/cbdcop13 We, the ministers and other heads of delegation, having met on the occasion of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 2016 1, on 2 and 3 December, DECLARE THAT: 1. It is essential to live in harmony …

Sharks, Parks and Whales

LIVE WEBCAST! Divers for Sharks and partner organizations hosts a side-event at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) to discuss NON-EXTRACTIVE uses of marine wildlife and Marine Protected Areas. If you are not in Cancún, tune in for the live webcast on the Divers for Sharks’ Facebook Page page Tuesday …

Tourism v Coal mines: what should we know about the #GreatBarrierReef? #COP13 #WildOz

Today’s #COP13 / #WildOz Question: #Tourism v #Coalmines,:what should we know about the #GreatBarrierReef? Twitter Shoutout: @ProfTerryHughes @gbrmarinepark @StevenJMiles @fightforthereef @TropWATER also @COP13MX Updates on the Planeta Wiki: http://planeta.wikispaces.com/gbrmp http://planeta.wikispaces.com/cbdcop13 Embedded Tweets But tourism on #GreatBarrierReef provides economic incentive 4 better protection, and FAR more jobs than destructive new thermal #coalmines https://t.co/HDmt9KohrZ — Terry Hughes (@ProfTerryHughes) December 3, 2016 #ClimateChange the …