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Posts Tagged ‘certification’

Ecotourism in Costa Rica Can Help You Be a More Sustainable Traveler

  • Darryl Lewis
  • 2 November 2015

Vacations can be escapes from work and other stresses, but shouldn’t be escapes from our values. Ecotourism in Costa Rica and other countries can help you shore up efforts to be green.

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Something in the Water and Air: Costa Rica’s Pura Vida – A Portrait of Glenn Jampol

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 December 2013

This is the first in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. Like Glenn Jampol (the focus of this article), the subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida.

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VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i: Connecting with the Heartbeat of Hawai’i’s Big Island

  • Ayako Ezaki
  • 18 May 2012

For volcano enthusiasts, Hawai’i is a unique destination offering one-of-a-kind encounters with Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive volcano. I was fortunate to get to know one of the most reputable local ecotour providers in Hawai’i, VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i, and to experience the Big Island differently.

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Forests: Visit Them, Conserve Them

  • Tensie Whelan
  • 5 September 2011

No fewer than 1.6 billion people — nearly a quarter of the world’s population — depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forests are also critical to maintaining biodiversity, mitigating climate change and enabling key ecosystem functions that regulate the biosphere. And yet about 45 per cent of the world’s forests have already been cleared. Here are some hard numbers to ponder that tell us how and why we should stop.

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The World Responsible Tourism Programme Encourages Action at the World Travel Market

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 26 November 2010

This year at the World Travel Market, responsible tourism made its way from a niche-market corner into the mainstream. The BBC World sponsored the World Responsible Tourism Programme (WRTP), which included a series of seminars on some of the major topics within tourism and sustainability. The Programme culminated with World Responsible Tourism Day on Wednesday November 10, when the much-anticipated 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards were handed out.

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OPINION: Has the Whole Ecotourism Industry Shot Itself in the Foot?

  • Len Cordiner
  • 25 January 2009

The scope of certification has now been broadened to include social and cultural issues – all part of a movement focusing on sustainability. Whilst I applaud the intent, efforts and enthusiasm of all the experts involved, I can’t help but feel things haven’t gone so well. It seems to me that key beneficiaries of the message – you! the travellers! – have been left out. As a result, many suppliers are not so sure that the cost of certification will be rewarded by increased patronage.

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New Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 November 2008

The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria has announced the release of landmark universal sustainable tourism criteria, a new global framework intended as a guide to the practice of sustainable tourism. The criteria focus on best practices in four fundamental areas: maximizing social and economic benefits to local communities reducing negative impacts on cultural heritage…

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