New Report by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) argues that Wealth Inequality and Climate Change make Responsible Travel Imperative
- Written by CREST
- Hits: 201
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is releasing its Trends & Statistics 2016 report, demonstrating that the growth of responsible tourism continues to outpace growth of the tourism industry as a whole. In addition, the 2016 report concludes that “the social and environmental imperative for responsible travel” is being spurred, in part, by the twin crises of wealth inequality and climate change. “Doing sustainable tourism business in the era of climate change is not just politically correct, it is a comparative advantage,” states to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).WASHINGTON, DC (April 13, 2016) — In recognition of Earth Day (April 22), the
Papua New Guinea: First to Submit National Climate Action Plan Under Paris Agreement, aims for 100% transition to renewable energy by 2030
- Written by Eliza Northrop
- Hits: 196
WASHINGTON DC, Apr 01 (IPS) - On March 29, Papua New Guinea became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a "Nationally Determined Contribution," or NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The small Pacific nation's plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an "intended" nationally determined contribution (INDC) – it is now the country's official climate plan.
Papua New Guinea's NDC marks a step forward in the process of implementing the landmark international climate agreement adopted at COP21 in Paris last year. In the lead up to COP21, countries submitted INDCs, setting out what climate actions they proposed to take to contribute to the global community's collective effect to limit global warming. To date, 161 INDCs have been submitted representing the national climate plans of 188 countries and covering 98.7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris Agreement provides a legal framework for these climate plans.
- Written by Pina Wu
- Hits: 383
by Pina Wu, ECOCLUB.com Correspondent
|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.
Taijiang National Park (Map) unveiled its newly completed administration office and tourist centre in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Three weeks later it withstood an 6.4 earthquake which killed 117 people and caused widespread damage particularly in Tainan. The building, in the heart of Sicao wetland, a Ramsar site, is an example of modern stilt architecture, built over the waters of a former fish farm. When visiting Taijiang, one appreciates a serene scenery: the tidal shore is dotted with mangrove forests, birds fly over the water in search of the day’s catch, local fishermen check their nets in the pond and women pick out oysters from their shells under the trees in the fishing villages. Few visitors can imagine or comprehend that twenty years ago, there were plans to develop an industrial zone with new townships, an oil refinery, a harbour and an airport in this very location. Those plans were only dealt a final blow in 2009, when Taijiang National Park was formally launched to protect the highly-endangered black-faced spoonbill. It has a total area of 39,310 hectares, of which 34,405 ha is covered by water. Taijiang NP was the eighth national park in Taiwan (out of a current total of 9) and the first that set the wetland ecosystems as the main conservation subject.On January 13th, 2016,
- Written by ECOCLUB.com Team
- Hits: 472
"Voluntourism, if managed correctly, can be a very good way to fund genuine projects. If the project cause is the core, with voluntourism seen as a way to involve people and fund the project, then voluntourism works"
Ecoteer Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures. He holds a BSc (Hons.) Environmental Science (Marine ecology emphasis) and an MRes Coastal and Ocean Policy both from the University of Plymouth, UK. Mr Quilter started Ecoteer in 2005 after his round the world trip led him to Bornean Malaysia. Whilst in Borneo, he worked at Albert Teo's Sukau Rainforest Lodge conducting EIA reports, teaching English to the staff and organising events including the 1st Borneo Ecotourism Conference in 2005. He then worked as a marine researcher for Sabah Parks at Semporna for 14 months conducting Reef and turtle research on Sipadan Island. In 2008 Daniel Quilter opened his first project in Malaysia's Perhentian Islands in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Bubbles Dive Resort and five more voluntourism projects have followed since in Malaysia and Indonesia making Ecoteer one of the world's leading voluntourism operators. In 2013, he launched Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures, an in-country tour operator, which also operates its own conservation and community projects. Daniel Quilter is also a certified Marine Mammal Medic and a PADI Open Water Diver with over 200 dives including Reef check surveys, cave, deep and night dives.Daniel Quilter is the founder of
ECOCLUB.com: Based on your extensive experience with setting up sustainable, volunteer and community tourism projects which of the following elements is most often missing? general knowledge, specialist skills, coordination, trust, funds, incentives, altruism? What is the sine qua non for the success of any such tourism project?
Daniel Quilter: Nice question. With most projects the people starting them really have the passion for the cause. I think most projects have a core cause to them, for example our community project at Ipoh in Malaysia is just starting but the core cause behind it is actually to protect the rainforest by trying to get it gazette as a State Park. So I think with passion, trust from the local community is normally something that eventually comes; if your heart is in the right place, the trust follows. I hate to say it, but I think it is often sustainable funds or demand for the project, which are coupled together really. I have seen many projects start well as they get the initial seed funding but then peter out as funds dry up and normally as projects develop they become more money hungry. The startup costs are the easy part. So I think it is so important for people to think seriously, not just about the initial funding, but also about the funds in ten years’ time. How will the operational costs be covered? You will need sound business and marketing skills. The tourism industry is forever changing and what worked one year may not be successful the year after. Therefore it is important to develop various revenue streams. For example, our Perhentian Community & Conservation project has been funded by various means over the past ten years. In the first four years it was through voluntourism only, years 5-7 saw a mix of voluntourism and school groups, while in the last three years there was a mix of corporate sponsorship, voluntourism and school groups. In the future I see funding the project via developing high ropes and zip line attractions which are eco and educate the visitors. So when thinking of funding, thinking on your toes and keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry is the key to long term sustainability. If you stick to one way, it is likely you won’t be sustainable long term.
- Written by ECOCLUB.com Team
- Hits: 1110
"Little steps can be made to lead us together into a happier and more sustainable world"
Roi Ariel is currently a Sustainability & Social Responsibility Associate at PATA based in Bangkok. He has recently been the Partnership Manager for the Responsible Tourism Awards at Wild Asia and an Environmental Affairs intern at UN-ESCAP. He has worked as an Independent Ecotourism Advisor in China, Taiwan, Madagascar and in his native Israel, where he was an Advisor to Friends of the Earth Middle East and a Radio host and producer at the Israel Broadcasting Authority. He holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics and Social Development from National Chengchi University of Taipei (Taiwan) and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
ECOCLUB.com: Please explain to us the general philosophy and specific aims of the Wild Asia Awards. How are winners chosen and what do they gain?
Roi Ariel: The tourism industry in Asia is growing very quickly. We believe that sustainable destinations can be made a reality by promoting, sharing and inspiring change from within the travel industry. Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Awards is one of the first tourism award in Asia specifically focused on sustainable tourism best practices. Since 2006, the annual awards identify accommodation and tourism operators and projects who are making a positive difference in the destination where they operate. By rewarding the bright sparks, more operators from the region will be encouraged to step forward and to share and inspire change from within the travel industry, beginning with operators closest to us. We have aligned our Responsible Tourism Checklist according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism Criteria. We keep supporting the winners to showcase their practices. For example, Yurie Nagashima of Kinyei, winner of Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiative category for 2015, gave a talk about “Building Partnerships with Local Communities: The Key To Community-Based Tourism” at IBT Asia 2015 Responsible Tourism Clinics arranged by Wild Asia.
Our Judging Advisory Panel is made up of senior level sustainable tourism experts. All members have at least 10 years of experience in tourism in general and in responsible tourism in Asia in particular. They review the answers and evidences provided in the application forms, and the required documentation. Each Judge selects their top 2-3 operators for each category. The two operators with the most votes are selected as Finalists. Likewise, the operator in each category at the second round of judging with the most votes is selected as a Winner. Allowing the Judges to vote as an independent Panel gives us assurance and fair judging. In case of a conflict of interests, the judge does not vote in the specific category. And a few tips to those who plan to apply for such kind of awards: make sure to apply for the right category. This can be critical for being selected as a finalist or a winner. Also, giving more information helps the judges understand better what the business does. Using concrete numbers and examples help to show the positive impact.
- Written by Serena Lucrezi
- Hits: 267
Scuba diving is an important tourism market, generating a billion-dollar industry worldwide. African countries are highly recommended for divers; 20% of the best dives in the world are located on the continent.
Some of the most popular destinations include:
the high latitude reefs of southern Mozambique; and
Scuba diving has grown in popularity over the past two decades. This is evident from the rapid growth in the number of certifications issued worldwide. The number has grown to 23 million at a pace of about one million every year.
But the industry is not without its fair share of challenges. Some of these, such as environmental degradation and the effects of climate change, are threatening the industry.
Page 1 of 2