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Tourism resources - Organisations

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  • Food and Agriculture Organisation http://www.fao.org links about tourism, forestry and coastal management

  • OECD http://www.oecd.org 

  • UN Environment Programme http://www.unep.org  UNEP is working in a number of ways to promote sustainable tourism www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism

  • UN Financing for Development http://www.un.org/ffd 

  • UN International Year of Ecotourism 2002 (IYE) http://www.unepie.org/pc/tourism/ecotourism/iye.htm

  • World Ecotourism Summit, Quebec City, May 2002. http://www.ecotourisme2002.org

  • UN Global Environmental Facility  http://www.gefweb.org

  • UNESCO (UN Programme for Education, Science and Culture)   http://www.unesco.org including links to info about cultural tourism http://www.unesco.org/culture/tourism/index.shtml and responsible tourism http://www.unesco.org/mab/sustainable/3tourism.htm, also UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre http://www.unesco.org/whc/nwhc/pages/sitess_f9.htm

  • World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org and World Bank Group: International Finance Corporation’s support for sustainable tourism http://www.ifc.org/enviro/How/Structure/EPU/BioEco/bioeco.htm 

  • World Travel and Tourism Council http://www.wttc.org 

  • World Tourism Organisation http://www.world-tourism.org, their sustainable development of tourism section http://www.world-tourism.org/frameset/frame_sustainable.html  and their International Year of Tourism page http://www.world-tourism.org/sustainable/IYE-Main-Menu.htm 

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  • UNEP’s Regional Programme Offices

  • Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific http://www.roap.unep.org 

  • Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe http://www.rolac.unep.mx

  • Caribbean Environment Programme http://www.cep.unep.org

  • Regional Office for Africa http://www.unep.org/regpffs/roa/

  • Regional Office for Europe http://www.unep.ch/roe/home.htm

  • Regional Office for North America http://www.rona.unep.org 

  • European Union - Sustainable tourism and Natura 2000: Guidelines,initiatives and good practices in Europe http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/nature/sust_tourism.pdf

Academia and Research Institutes

  • Bristol Group of Tourism research  http://www.tourism-research.org/bgtr.html

  • Cooperative Research Centre, Sustainable Tourism  http://www.crctourism.com.au

  • Earthwatch   http://www.earthwatch.org

  • Eldis Gateway to Development Information http://www.eldis.org/

  • International Institute for Environment and Development http://www.iied.org

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development http://www.iisd.org

  • International Union on Conservation of Nature (IUCN)  http://www.iucn.org

  • Overseas Development Institute, London  http://www.odi.org.uk

  • World Resources Institute http://www.wri.org

  • World Watch Institute http://www.worldwatch.org


  • Benchmarkhotel – An online bench marking tool to help hotels measure and improve their environmental performance (joint initiative of IHEI, WWF-UK and Biffa Award) http://www.benchmarkhotel.com/

  • Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. A voluntary alliance bringing together the Caribbean Hotel Association, Caribbean Tourism Association, GREEN GLOBE and International Hotels Environment Initiative. http://www.cha-cast.net

  • Climate Care: www.co2.org offers travellers a realistic and affordable way to reduce their impact on the environment when they fly.

  • Community Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources: www.campfire-zimbabwe.org

  • Coral Cay Conservation: www.coralcay.org

  • Environment-centre.net - Free online service from Croner.CCH aimed at the needs of environmental management professionals including topics such as the climate change levy and environmental law

  • http://www.environment-centre.net

  • Environmental Good Practice in Hotels report

  • http://www.ih-ra.com/telechargement/publications/enviro-good-practice.pdf

  • Green Globe initiative, an Agenda 21 based programme dedicated to improving environmentalpractice http://www.greenglobe21.com 

  • International Energy Agency Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Efficiency Technologies (EA CADDET Energy Efficiency) - Free access to technical information on newly demonstrated energy efficiency projects that are suitable for worldwide replication. Includes the new Energy Efficiency Toolkit http://www.caddet-ee.org

  • International Council of Tourism Providers http://www.tourismpartners.org/ 

  • International Hotel & Restaurant Association. Representing over 750,000 establishments in more than 150 countries, IH&RA provides a voice at international level for the industry http://www.ih-ra.com/default.html. Info on Sustainable Tourism and Environment

  • http://www.ih-ra.com/industry/industry.taf?function=detail&type=&num_cat=9

  • International Hotels Environment Initiative. a charity programme developed by the international hotel industry whose aim is to promote the benefits of environmental management as an integral part of running a successful, efficient hotel business. http://www.ihei.org/

  • International Standards Organisation (ISO) Website: http://www.iso.ch

  • Pacific Asia Travel Association  http://www.pata.org

  • Responsibletravel.com - Marketplace for travel experiences that benefit local communities and the conservation of habitats and species http://www.responsibletravel.com

  • Sustainable Building Sources http://www.greenbuilder.com/general/BuildingSources.html

  • UNEP’s Tour Operators’ Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development http://www.toinitiative.org

  • World Tourism Organization  http://www.world-tourism.org and sustainable tourism links

  • http://www.world-tourism.org/frameset/frame_sustainable.htm

  • World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) http://www.wttc.org info on sustainable tourism http://www.wttc.org/stratdev/sustainable.asp

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Indigenous Peoples

  • International Forum on Indigenous Tourism – “Rethinking Tourism” - Mexico, 18-20 March, 2002 www.rethinkingtourism.org

Local Authorities

  • The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) http://www.iclei.org and links to sustainable tourism and UN CSD 7 http://www.iclei.org/la21/csd7_in.htm   


  • Ecologist magazine March 2002 vol 32 no 2 “The truth behind the International Year of Ecotourism”“ Luis Vivanco. pp26-30. http://www.theecologist.co.uk/archive_article.html?article=291

  • E/ The Environment Magazine http://www.emagazine.com

  • Greenbiz – resource centre on business, environment and the bottom line http://www.greenbiz.com

  • Green Travel Directory - Directory of links to green sites around the world, including links to general eco-travel sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage List and Green Travel's World Ecotourism Directory http://www.green-travel.com

  • Multilingual Matters - E-mail tourism and environmental studies journals newsletter with information on recently published journals and studies on sustainable tourism. To subscribe, e-mail: news@multilingual-matters.com with the words 'subscribe tourism' in the body of the text http://www.multilingual-matters.com 

  • National Geographic Sustainable Tourism Web Pages http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable/index.html

  • Our Planet, magazine of UNEP. Vol 10. Number 1. 1999 Tourism www.ourplanet.com Tourism edition - http://www.ourplanet.com/imgversn/101/contents.html

  • Planeta.com deals broadly with environmental travel around the globe, and particularly in the Americas.http://www.planeta.com/

  • Pure - Magazine for organic and natural living Website: www.greenguideonline.com

  • RIET Environmental Information Service Weekly electronic news on environmental market trends, policy and developmental news in Asia http://www.riet.org/eis/eis.htm

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  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Uses trekking fees to protect the local environment and culture, and to fund community schemes. http://www.south-asia.com/Kingmah/tonproj.htm

  • Bina Swadaya Indonesian community-development NGO with tours.  http://ecoclub.com/bst/

  • Centre for Science and Environment  http://www.cseindia.org

  • CERT (Centre for Environmentally Responsible Tourism) Runs an award-scheme for ‘tour operators working towards high environmental standards http://www.c-e-r-t.org/

  • Centre for Responsible Tourism, University of Greenwich: Offers training, consultancy and research in global tourism, conservation and sustainable development, worldwide. http://www.centre-for-responsible-tourism.org

  • Conservation International (CI)  http://www.conservation.org

  • Consumers International  http://www.consumersinternational.org

  • Corporate Responsibility Caucus - Sustainable Development Issues Network http://www.sdissues.net/SDIN/ModuleView.aspx?tabid=10&mid=101

  • Earth Council http://www.ecouncil.ac.cr 

  • Earthwatch - funds scientific research projects in 45 countries worldwide, including investigating the impact of tourism on habitats and species http://www.earthwatch.org/

  • Equations - Indian responsible tourism organization http://www.equitabletourism.org/  

  • Friends of the Earth International http://www.foei.org

  • Global Reporting Initiative: www.globalreporting.org

  • Green Tourism Association: "promotes and develops the concept of urban green tourism (ecotourism in the city).  http://www.greentourism.ca

  • Heinrich Boell Foundation http://www.worldsummit2002.org 

  • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)  http://www.ecotourism.org

  • IID (Initiatives for International Dialogue) Philippines NGO that campaigns for more responsible tourism and promotes alternative tourism projects. http://www.iidnet.org/

  • INDECON (Indonesian Ecotourism Network) A network set up by the Institute for Indonesian Tourism Studies, Bina Swadaya Foundation and Conservation International, to promote responsible ecotourism in Indonesia. http://indecon.i-2.co.id/

  • International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) fosters tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world www.iipt.org  

  • International Porter Protection Group A campaign to improve conditions and safety for trekking porters in the Himalaya. http://www.ippg.net/

  • KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) Provides advice and information on low-impact trekking in Nepal. Has an information centre in Kathmandu. http://www.keepnepal.org/

  • NACOBTA (Namibian Community Based Tourism Association) An association representing community tourism projects in Namibia. http://www.nacobta.com.na/en/Index.htm

  • Partners in Responsible Tourism - US-based tourism campaign organization. http://www2.pirt.org/pirt/

  • Partners In Responsible Travel (PIRT) www.pirt.org   

  • Rainforest Alliance: Involved in certification issues  - includes Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (STSC) web pages. http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/programs/sv/index.html

  • Rethinking Tourism Project http://www.rethinkingtourism.org 

  • Retour Foundation - Retour develops strategies and actions to deal with both the opportunies and the threats of tourism. It includes a consultancy, training and workshops, monitoring activities  www.do.nl/retour

  • RTN (Responsible Tourism Network) Australian networking organization linked to Community Aid Abroad Tours. http://www.caa.org.au/travel/

  • Tearfund, their tourism campaign http://www.tearfund.org/acting/page.asp?id=6667  and report on  Tourism putting ethics in practice. A report on the responsible business practices of 65 UK-based tour operators” (2001) http://www.tearfund.org/acting/tourism.pdf

  • Third World Network   http://www.twnside.org.sg and tourism links http://www.twnside.org.sg/tour.htm

  • Tourism Concern: Campaigns exclusively on tourism. Collects up-to-date information on the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism and seeks to support people living in destination areas. http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk

  • UCOTA (Uganda Community Tourism Association) An association representing community tourism projects in Uganda. http://www.visituganda.com/community/ucota.htm

  • UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Tourism Caucus www.igc.org/csdngo/tourism/tour_index.htm

Trade Unions and Workers

  • International Confederation Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)  http://www.icftu.org

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) http://www.ilo.org paper on seeking responsible tourism http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/magazine/39/tourism.htm and dialogue on sustainable tourism development http://www.ilo.org/public/english/dialogue/sector/sectors/tourism/dev.htm

  • Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) http://www.tuac.org/


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Last up-dated August 2001. 

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