India Hosts Responsible Tourism Awards

Presentations of the inaugural India Responsible Tourism Awards (IRTA) were made at the India Responsible Tourism Summit in Delhi on January 19th. The Awards champion ethical travel across the country. The idea is to inspire and motivate the local fraternity and spread the good word. IRTA is a regional partner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards (WRTA) held at …

Wishlist for the #IUCNCongress

We wish the very best of the World Conservation Congress! Here is our wishlist for the event. Translating into Spanish. Suggestions/corrections welcome! 1) We’d like to learn about conservation 2) We’d like the WCC to be a window into the IUCN 3) We’d like the WCC to be fully engaged via the social web Facebook, …

#ProtectGoldButte Press Conference

It’s not breaking news, it’s streaming news! Presenting the August 18 livestreaming video from Facebook Live from Las Vegas about the proposed Gold Butte conservation area. Details on the Protect Gold Butte website This press conference was a show of support connecting conservation and the new wave of responsible, conscious, Indigenous ecotourism. Senator Harry Reid and Representative Dina Titus, both …

Celebrating #IndigenousDay

All events can be more engaging. In particular, we’d like to see international events more inclusive and more beneficial for everyone by means of conscious, responsible, eco, sustainable tourism. Let’s measure how well this occurs at the two major conservation events taking place this year: the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the CBD COP13. Today – …

Registration is open for Indigenous Peoples Week #ipw6

Partners in this endeavour are Nutti Sámi Siida, TIME Unlimited , Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and The Travel Word. Hashtag: #ipw6 Participation is free. Donations are welcome. Registration is open https://indiweek2016.eventbrite.com The objective is two-fold: to raise awareness of Indigenous tourism options around the world and to improve digital literacy skills among the Indigenous tourism providers themselves. …

Protecting More with Less: Diminished Funding for World Heritage #40whc

This week Istanbul, Turkey hosts the 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee July 10-20, 2016. Hashtag: #40whc One issue has come to the forefront – namely that the budget for protecting and conserving world heritage sites has been cut back at the same time that the number of protected sites is on the rise. Alarming news. …

Soundwalks in Chicago

Soundwalk = excursion where the main purpose is listening to the environment. A perfect event to host or join for World Listening Day (July 18). Hello, friends in the Midwest. If you are in Chicago this week (June 23-25) the go-to events are the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Soundwalks. For all ages – …

Hanging out on Biodiversity Day #idb2016

May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica). Planeta.com hosts a live video hangout over the #IDB2016 weekend. Mainstreaming is livestreaming! The format will be a guided tour of key websites and online resources focusing on biodiversity. Starting Time: Las Vegas, Saturday, May 21 730am Questions How is ‘biodiversity’ …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Saturday, May 14, the refuge celebrates its 80th anniversary, having first opened May 20, 1936. The much newer visitors’ center hosts the celebration from 9am-1pm. There will be a bird hike, guided walks, cake and more. Free for everyone. Our questions – what is the status of the refuge and how land may or may not …