Natural Assets & Ecotourism

These links can help provide information and resources for sustaining a destination’s natural habitats and environmental quality.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) The site for the multilateral agreement on biodiversity protection includes a program on Sustainable Use and Tourism. You can search for experts, meetings, and activities related to it. As part of CBD, the Germany-based Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE) runs an online forum discussing tourism guidelines related to the convention. Members-only archive.

Earth Island Institute An environmental advocacy group of more than 30 activist grassroots projects worldwide.

International Union for Conservation of Nature This global coalition of experts distributes extensive information on conservation-related matters around the world. See WCPA Economic Valuation of Protected Areas Task Force (pdf), for example.

U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Tourism Site Well-organized information includes definitions of sustainable tourism and ecotourism, description of tourism impacts, and steps being taken internationally toward sustainable tourism development.

Sustainable-Tourism Assistance—Ecotourism How-To

Ecoclub A multilingual Athens-based website that posts news on ecotourism, events, and jobs; also provides a publications archive and experts that offer free consultations.

Ecotourism Australia The site for Australia’s ecotourism industry group gives general information and links to its certification program for ecotour guides and its Nature and Ecotourism Certification Program.

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Provides extensive resources for ecotourism operators and ecolodges, as well as information services to researchers, conservationists, and policymakers.

RARE Center for Tropical Conservation This nonprofit conservation agency has used ecotourism and community development programs to build local pride in native wildlife in tropical region,.

See Turtles (Sample ecotour program:) Protects sea turtles by offering unforgettable experiences that directly benefit sea turtles and the organizations protecting them.