- Written by ECOCLUB.com Team
" I personally do not think that you can have sustainability without equality "
Agata Zborowska has over 10 years’ experience in variety of roles in Travel & Tourism sector and has worked with both small and large organisations in the UK and internationally in the areas of Responsible and Sustainable Tourism, Business Travel, Travel PR and Marketing and Event Management. Native to Poland, Agata has lived in the United States, Scotland, England and Malaysia. She has a Master’s degree in International Tourism Management from Napier University in Edinburgh and Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Wroclaw University in Poland. Sustainable tourism, along with adventure and food travel, is one of her biggest passions, with particular interest in sustainable destination management and planning, gender equality and women empowerment through tourism. Her current role is as a project manager championing sustainability through the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme and development of sustainability policy and other initiatives within the World Travel & Tourism Council.
ECOCLUB.com: Please tell us why and how did you get into this field and about your current role
Agata Zborowska: I have been in the travel industry for over 10 years, working across different roles and moved into responsible tourism a few years ago when I briefly helped with Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Awards while travelling the world. Personally, I have been interested in sustainable tourism for much longer and I have grown up in a very environmentally conscious family. The need to protect the nature has always been part of my life thanks to my mother who taught me to respect the world around us from early days, both the nature and people. I am currently a proud Project Manager, championing sustainability through the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme and other initiatives within the World Travel & Tourism Council. I am responsible for the end to end delivery of the Awards programme to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable tourism within the Travel & Tourism Sector.
Nicaragua's Interoceanic Canal will have "significant environmental and social impacts" according to Impact Assessment study commissioned by the developers
- Written by ECOCLUB.com Team
MANAGUA, Nov 03 (IPS) - The international scientific community's fears about the damage that will be caused by Nicaragua's future interoceanic canal have been reinforced by the environmental impact assessment, which warns of serious environmental threats posed by the megaproject.
The report "Canal de Nicaragua: Executive Summary of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment" was carried out by the British consulting firm Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and commissioned by the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development (HKDN Group), the Chinese company that won the bid to build the canal.
The 113-page executive summary sums up the study, whose unabridged version has not been made publicly available by the government, ERM or HKND.
In the study, ERM says the megaproject could be of great benefit to the country as long as best international practices on the environmental, economic and social fronts are incorporated at the design, construction and operational stages, for which it makes a number of recommendations.
But it spells out specific risks and threats to the environment in this impoverished Central American country of 6.1 million people with a territory of 129,429 square kilometers.
- Written by Fabiana Frayssinet
LUJÁN DE CUYO, Argentina, Oct 20 (IPS) - The region of Cuyo in west-central Argentina is famous for its vineyards. But it is one of the areas in the country hit hardest by the effects of climate change, such as desertification and the melting of mountain top snow. And local winegrowers have come up with their own way to fight global warming.
In the cup, malbec, Argentina's flagship red wine, still has the same intense flavour and colour.
But behind the production process is a new environmental reconversion, which began four years ago in the arid province of Mendoza, where vineyards bloom in the midst of oases created by human hands.
Only 4.8 percent of the desert province of Mendoza is green; 3.5 percent is dedicated to agricultural production, which uses 90 percent of the water consumed, and the rest is urban areas.
"We are trying to maintain the same production levels, using less water and less energy, reducing waste, reusing waste products, and creating less pollution," the provincial coordinator of the Federal Programme for Cleaner Production, Germán Micic, told Tierramérica.
- Written by Marianela Jarroud
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, Chile, Sep 22 (IPS) - Chile's Altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism.
"Here, money talks," Víctor Arque, a tourist guide in San Pedro de Atacama, told Tierramérica. "If you don't have money, no one's interested in you."
San Pedro de Atacama, the capital of tourism, archaeology and astronomy in northern Chile, is home to 4,800 people, 61 percent of whom belong to the Atacameño indigenous group, who refer to themselves as Lickantay in their Kunza tongue.
But during tourist season, hundreds of thousands of visitors come through the town, especially people from other countries drawn by the mysteries of the desert, its volcanoes and geysers.
The desert also offers some of the clearest night skies on the planet, and in the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array or ALMA Observatory, scientists are working to decipher enigmas of the night sky.
- Written by Wild Asia
September 7, 2015 (Bangalore, INDIA) - Today Wild Asia proudly revealed the winners of the ninth Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. For the first time, the announcement and celebration was held at PATA Travel Mart, this year at Bangalore, India, and generously sponsored by World Nomads Travel Insurance. The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards are an opportunity for shining stars in sustainability to gain international recognition for their efforts to create better places to live and better places to visit. The Winners represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all recipients go through an in-depth review and assessed by a panel of international travel industry experts.
- Written by Pina Wu
|About the Author
Pina Wu is an Environmental Services Professional based in Taipei, Taiwan. Her specialties include Urban Planning, Community Engagement and International Development. She has a Master in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University and an M.S. in Building & Planning from National Taiwan University. She currently teaches Environmental Education and English for Tour Guiding in Wenshan and Tainan Community Colleges.
By Pina Wu, ECOCLUB.com Correspondent
The village of Smangus (pop. 178), is located in the remote mountains of central Taiwan (open Map), in the area inhabited by the indigenous Atayal people. Since 2004, in order to develop its tourism sustainably, the villagers formed a cooperative, officially the “Smangus Tribal Labor Co-op”, sharing the land, costs and profits. Today, 55,000 tourists visit this small village of 34 households each year, generating an annual revenue of 0.7 million USD1. The co-op has increased worker salaries four times in the past ten years and currently employs 47 villagers full-time. It offers comprehensive welfare programs and it is also funding the construction of an elementary school. Tourism not only sustains the village economically, but also helps the local community rediscover and reinvent their traditional socioeconomic system.
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