Northern Australia Along with a 5 year strategic plan for sustainable tourism, this destination offers toolkits and educational information to help organizations in the area move forward.
The City of Melbourne introduced an innovative environmental program
to help city hotels to cut energy, water and waste management costs.
The Savings in the City program aims to provide leadership, support,
recognition and advice to hotels in the municipality. It will help
hotels to identify economically viable actions they could take to
reduce energy consumption and operating costs.
Hotels are the first sector to be targeted in the Savings in the City program, with 11 being among the top 200 water users in the City of Melbourne. And the hospitality sector - including accommodation and food providers - generates up to 18 per cent of all waste in the municipality, so there's plenty of scope top make meaningful savings.
Intercity Transportation in New Zealand is aiming to be more sustainable. New Zealand's only national public transport network consisting of 170 coach services and 3 ferry services a day to 600 communities, towns and cities across New Zealand is working to become carbon neutral.
Tetepare - The largest island in the southern hemisphere and one of the only islands that has never been logged, conservation measures have been widely recognized here.
Maldives - With the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, this small island aims to become the first carbon neutral destination by 2020. Of course, they aren't taking into consideration their travel into this equation but...
of Bengal Green Model for Eco-Tourism
This case study presents a green model for eco-tourism as it
is currently in place at the Welcomgroup Bay Island (WGBI) hotel
in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The model concentrates on a so-called four-Rs strategy, which
includes Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink of procedures and policies
for the hotel. (quoted from the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development (WBCSD) , 2005)
Bali- The island of Bali developed a plan of action for sustainable tourism in 2005. Many efforts have been noted, however there is no conclusive documentation on implementation and some issues are still of concern.
This ecotourism initiative represents national parks, nature reserves and proposed protected areas spread over mountains, lowland forests, wetlands, islands, coral reefs and 3,440 km of coastline. Locked within these natural pockets is an endemic and indigenous biodiversity that makes Vietnam a truly special country. An estimated 12,000 species of vascular flora occur in Vietnam. The organisation's goal for the ecotourism map is for international tourists to take note of Vietnam's spectacular natural composition, whilst being responsible, respectful and considerate of local communities. By engaging local people through the use of guides, home- stays and various modes of transportation, it is hoped that tourism will serve to increase local communities' awareness of their natural environment whilst providing them with alternative sources of income. All sale proceeds from the map go directly to support Vietnamese primate conservation. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burren and Cliffs of Moher, Ireland - working with over 45 tourism enterprises to achieve certifcation, the park is now a recognized tourism destination. Recognized as a geopark the area promotes sustainable tourism, has its own sustainable tourism criteria and strategy working towards conservation and bringing benefits to the community
Sockmob - a unique initiative to see a different side of London, England. A volunteer network brings you walks by professionally coached homeless guides. To date they have been successful in getting some people off the street and introducing a new social consciousness into commercial walking tours.
SouthWest Tourism (UK)
SW Tourism became the first destination to obtain a gold level certification under the Green Tourism Business Scheme. They recieved a World Travel and Tourism Tourism for Tomorrow award for sustainable tourism in 2009. The destination has a comprehensive sustainable tourism plan complete with marketing and training assistance for businesses. Visitors are educated about their impacts and how to make more sustainable choices. They developed a green tourism toolkit and have assessed the consumer to determine their needs and wants for green tourism.
Ecocomptor - a Finnish initiative to help hotels communicate their sustainability initiatives. As an average hotel room in a midrange hotel produces between 5-20 kg of CO2 per room, there is a need to reduce emissions. Based on a French word 'to count' the idea is to save on operating costs, reduce the impact on climate change and manage consumption with reporting.
Green Tourism Finland
Green Tourism Finland is a network of companies who are dedicated to sustainable development. They have an accreditation program whereby they grade each business. Members include transportation, accommodation, food and tours.
European Sustainable Tourism Prize
The Province of Rimini was awarded with the first European Sustainable
Tourism Prize, “Carmen Díez de Rivera” for its LIFE-Environment
Project "Strategies and Tools towards Sustainable Tourism in Mediterranean
Coastal Areas". The award from the EU is divided into public and
private iniatives for sustainable tourism. Some objectives include
new management systems, planning and managing tourist destinations
and implementing new management of tourist destinations in accordance
with their environmental, social, cultural and economic values.
Life Environment project is called 'Strategies and Tools for Sustainable
Tourism in Mediterranean Coastal Areas'. The project is centered
around Rimini, Italy and Calvia, Spain. Approximately 4 million
tourists descend each year upon their beaches and the destinations
are looking to combine economic and social aspects which have a
respect for the environment. The project which is co-financed by
the European Commission is centered around main lines of action
- an integrated strategy for the management of coastal areas in
mass tourism destinations
- improving environmental peformance of private operators
- and raising tourist and tour operator awareness on environmental
more information look at www.calvia.com and www.provincia.rimini.it
Cinque Terra Sustainable Tourism Project
The territory of the Cinque Terra located on the coast of northeastern Italy has established a sustainable tourism project to protect the culture, heritage and environment. Cinque Terra is famous for the five villages that are accessible only by train or trail: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggore, however the large number of tourists has a significant impact on the sustainability of the region. The region was recognized as a National Park in 1999 and as a UNESCO protected territory since 1997. The sustainable tourism project has established an Environmental Quality Brand for accommodation facilities, a cinque terra card, guidelines for tourists and public information about conservation. In order to control tourist numbers, a Cinque Terra Card is provided which includes access to all paths, nature observations centres, botanic paths, picnic areas, and bird watching areas. Tourists exploring the region can purchase a 1, 3 or 7-day card which also provides unlimited access to the train and bus between villages. The fee goes to protect the trails, marine and national park and maps, train and ferry times as well as a list of main business sectors participating in the scheme are accommodations which implement energy and water saving techniques as well as the purchase of local produce, recycling and using sustainable transport. An easy to read pamphlet offers visitors and businesses in the region simple, straightforward and easy options to reduce impact, support local economies and protect the fragility of the region.
For information on a participating hotel, please see Hotel Câe
Adrean located in Manarola at http://www.cadandrean.it /for more information.
Kolarbyn Ecolodge, Sweden Sometimes called Sweden's most primitive hotel, the lodge works to protect endangered species in Scandinavia. There is no electricity and all water comes from a local spring. Working to offer a unique ecotourism experience, it is not for the lighthearted.
Sunart Oakwoods Initiative
This initiative aims to create and re-establish 2500 square miles of native woodlands. The woodlands will provide ecotourism type activities (walking, cycling, wildlife hides, canoeing, etc.) and will train, employ and house local people. The site will also be managed by local people in collaboration with the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highland Council, Lochaber Enterprise and special interest groups. Ten years since the initiative started, it plays a large tourism role. Over 10,000 m of new paths have been constructed, new interpretive panels and Gaelic trails have been established and an integrated tourism strategy set out.
Il Ngwesi Community Trust, Kenya -
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and lodge,South Africa
A luxury camp two hours north of Cape Town, Grootbos is more than just 5 star accommodation and a nature reserve. The nature reserve was instrumental in setting up the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy in 1999 and currently consists of 21 landowners, who manage approximately 12 000 hectares of fynbos. The Reserve has been running the longest running vegetation survey to date, which was started in 1997. Grootbos is not just about conservation as they also operates a private foundation that offers a number of different sustainability initiatives. The 'Growing the Future' initiative trains 8 men and women every year in the growing of vegetables and fruit, beekeeping and the principles of successful animal husbandry. Since 2003, they have had over 80 graduates. The 'Green Future' project provides annual, practical-based training programs for unemployed local people in the fields of landscaping, horticulture and ecotourism. The project is designed to develop nature-based sustainable livelihoods for people from the local community, and so engender a conservation ethic in surrounding areas. They also run a 'Spaces for Sport' initiative that offers a multipurpose facility which is considered a community development project. The site was chosen due to its unique position in the centre of three diverse communities in Gansbaai: Masakhane Township is comprised of about 12 000 black residents, the Blompark community has about 5000 coloured residents, and the Gansbaai white community consists of about 8000 residents. More than 300 kids every year are trained here by our coaches and volunteers. Guests visiting Grootbos can also participate. Grootbos runs a project called ‘Future Trees’. Guests are given the opportunity to plant a tree in a patch which was previously Milkwood Forest that was decimated in a fire in February of 2006. Approximately 1000 trees have been planted to date. Each guest receives a tree planting certificate with the co-ordinates of where the trees have been planted. The GPS co-ordinates are uploaded unto Google Earth and guests have the opportunity to track their tree’s progress.
Tourism development has helped many of Zimbabwe's poorer rural communities
as part of the Communal Areas Management Programme For Indigenous
Resources (CAMPFIRE). Through CAMPFIRE, foreign visitors buy licences
to hunt wildlife within certain quotas. As well as keeping wildlife
numbers at sustainable limits, the profits from these licences and
the sale of meat and skins of the animals is ploughed back into
local communities to build new schools, wells and health clinics.
Is tourism under threat in Zimbawe as there have been fuel shortages
and many tourism resorts are owned by white landowners and community
tourism initiatives feel they cannot attract tourists. For more
information, see this case study illustrated by Global Eye at http://www.globaleye.org.uk/secondary_spring2002/focuson/case1.html
Red Sea Sustainable Tourism Initiative (RSSTI)
One of the first tourism programs in the Middle East to adopt principles
of sustainable development, this programme was funded by USAID.
The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) in Egypt plans to build
approximately 200,000 new hotel rooms in the next 15 years near
and around the Red Sea and Sinai Peninsula (source: greenhotelier).
The RSSTI has a mandate for sustainable tourism and advocates their
mission by working with the TDA and encouraging environment and
socially responsible projects which involve local participation
in decision making, eco-efficiency, the use of EIA', Environmental
Management Systems, etc. In addition, a set of economic instruments
have been developed to encourage developers to be more responsible.
For more information click
Responsible Tourism in West Africa
A recent opportunity to explore West Africa offered a unique way for cultural interaction to take place. As many westerners wish to visit rural communities for history and cultural interaction, giving money to a village may interupt the economic balance or status. In the southern Burkinabe village of Kontambougou, tour guide leaders chose to bring chairs for the elders in the community as a gift. Elders in the village of Kontambougou used to stay in their huts as they aged but with the gift of chairs, they sit out in the village and socialise and interact with the other villagers. The villagers welcome the westerners by showing them their hospitality through music and dancing and the chief's son explains the village structure and formation to the tourists. Another way to bring something back to the village was by bringing photographs of the elders that were taken on the last visit so that the village had a record and photograph of the old chiefs and significant elders.
Island Coral Park, Tanzania
Chumbe Island is the first privatly established and managed marine park in
the world and takes serious note in its sustainability operations. Its
income from eco-friendly visitors finances conservation and environmental education programs for local schools and other groups.
The 7 palm thatched
bungalows, while comfortable and beautifully unique, are also built
entirely out of local material and designed with solar lights, rainwater catchment, solar-heating of shower water and composting toilets.
won the 2000 UNEP 500 Roll of Honour Award, 2004 TODO socially responsible
tourism award and 2004 Responsible Tourism Award in addition to many
others. For more information, check out http://www.chumbeisland.com.
Vamizi Island. Offering luxurious eco-lodges in Mozambique, made up of ten low-impact beach houses. The lodge tries to sustain livelihoods by providing a boat for islanders to patrol the waters for illegal fishing, and steps are being taken to manage the elephant population so that human and pachyderm can coexist The construction uses almost entirely local materials - timber, thatch and stone all come from the mainland or the islands themselves - thus providing help to the local economy. Although not yet off the grid, the property is working towards being truly sustainable.
Three Camel Lodge Rated by National Geographic as one of the top 50 lodges worldwide, this accommodation offers environmental and social sensitivity. Powered mainly by wind and solar, it serves as a base for scientifc and wildlife research and is the first-of-its-kind cooperative agreement with the Bulgan Sum Township and Gobi-Gurvansaikhan National Park authorities.
Samasati Nature Reserve, Costa Rica.Built without the use of heavy machinery, no clearing of land or cutting of trees, the retreat only employs local people and aims to give money back to the local community. Offering eco and adventure trips, the retreat has undertaken multiple measures to become more sustainable.
Almonds and Coral, Costa Rica. Awarded with the highest level of ecocertification, Almonds and Coral has attempted to integrate their hotel into the natural surroundings and conserve nature. Practices include using green building design, recycling, no chemical fertilizers or weed killers, garbage is separated into organic matter, recyclable, reusable, and non recyclable or reusable. A special custom made sewage treatment system was designed by a sanitation engineer for the hotel and strict conservation and environmental policy exists
Jungle Lodge (Amazon, Brazil) The lodge is private forest
reserve in the Southern Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Along with
offering ecotourism and adventure tours, its main objective is to
preserve the rain forest and to contribute to conservation efforts
in part of the Amazon that is rapidly changing. The lodge, in conjunction
with the Ecotourism Development Program of the Brazilian Amazon
(Proecotur) has developed a long term sustainability strategy for
Lucia Lodge, Ecuador
In Ecuador, ecotourism has been helping to preserve and sustain
Santa Lucia Lodge. A runner up for the 2005 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow
Awards and the 2004 Responsible Tourism Awards, the lodge offers
a multitude of elements that help sustain the local area and community.
Examples include: staff training for native guides, courses in cooking,
hospitality and administration and capacity building; conservation
(having now planted native trees in 20 hectares of land). More information
can be found at www.santaluciaecuador.com
Joggins Fossil Cliffs World Heritage Site, NS - It is a unique community management system that is now being replicated by other World Heritage Site nominees. The visitor centre is LEED Gold certified built on a reclaimed mining site and there is a key focus on programs for and with local residents. It is also the only employer in this rural community and has created new local employment and partnerships with local and regional tourism agencies.
Long Point Biosphere Reserve- is an example of an attraction as well as a conservation effort. It also takes into consideration the environmental impact of transportation to reach the site, a key sustainability consideration. Located in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada it is a UNESCO/ MAB biosphere reserve focusing on projects including turtle poaching, Causeway improvement and research.
Downtown Vegas - an effort to revitalise downtown Las Vegas with a $350 million injection to revitalise the arts and give back to the community.
Hilton Head - Although touted as a sustainable destination after hosting the Ecotourism and Sustainable tourism conference in September, 2011, their sustainability is questionable. The island is host to a population of 38,000 but has 2.5 million visitors per year and the population swells to 100,000 on a busy weekend. With so many visitors, waste is an issue, however, there is currently no recycling or composting on the island and ground water depletion is over 60%. There is no public transporation and no sustainable tourism master plan or overarching policies in place.
The island, does however, warrant some notable achievements. Zoning restrictions have accomplished set backs for building and maxiumum building heights and the town enforces the Land Management Ordinance which dictates the style and governance of buildings. They also are responsible for the preservation of many trees as they are one of the major land owners on the island and therefore have protected many roadsides and created green buffer zones. A major golf destination, it has agreed to not use any water on their courses and the island has one of the best beach management programs in North America. A 2% tax is taken as part of the 5% hotel tax and goes directly to beach management. The island has won awards for the best beaches in the United States. For further information, see the island's beach management plan.
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve - This three year project is an initiative to assess and develop the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve area (which includes the Rideau Corridor and Thousand Islands regions) as a location and destination for sustainable tourism.
Edward Island National Park of Canada
The Park is undertaking a number of initiatives to protect and preserve
the natural and cultural resources found in the area. Along with
a beach facility which was developed using a sustainable design
concept, it also has a 10kW wind turbine that provides 100% of the
electricity requirements to the Cavendish Campground. This year,
the park will install a 50kW wind turbine that will provide the
necessary power for a grid-free new administration building
and compound (Parks Canada, 2008)
Cedar Corner Development
A real example of achieving the triple bottom line. Tofino
sits at the entrance to Clayoquot Sound, a globally unique biosphere
now designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, it attracts approximately
1 million visitors per year. With the environmental and social pressures
stemming from the tourist population and the fragile environment,
this is a good example of multiple sustainable considerations. Built
from 100% recycled timber and equipped with the latest water-saving,
energy efficient and power alternative features, their philosophy
is the following "Ultimately a successful business is a business
that: a) makes money; b) exists symbiotically with its community;
c) has an absolute minimum negative impact on the environment; and
d) becomes a working model of a profitable, socially conscious,
'green' business showcased to the world". For more information on
their building, investment and management practices and Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program
Whistler Blackcomb This organization was named one of 2010's greenest employers of the year. They have undertaken a number of sustainability initiatives including tracking their energy as well as providing funds for ecosystem improvement.
Francisco gone green
San Francisco has pulled out all the stops - LEED certified buildings,
reducing waste, diverting from landfill, acknowledging parks and
green space and their contribution to quality of life and tourist
Travel Green Wisconsin is a voluntary program that reviews,
certifies and recognizes tourism businesses that have made a commitment
to continuously improve their operations in order to reduce their
environmental and social impact. The program, set up by the Wisconsin
Environmental Initiative (WEI) and the sustainable tourism ad-hoc
committee made up of local businesses, NGO's and governement agencies
aims to develop a voluntary environmental certification program for the Wisconsin tourism industry.This voluntary program
helps businesses evaluate their operations, set goals and take specific
actions towards environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The project is currently being piloted.
Bio - Beetle 100% Recycled Vegetable Oil Powered Cars
Now when you travel to Hawaii, you can hire one of the first environmentally
friendly cars - powered by 100% recycled vegetable oil.
Tourism - Sustainable Tourism Good Practices
'Tourism development and tourist activities in the Arctic
and elsewhere become sustainable when a business is not only
concerned about its economic success, but also looks at environmental
and social aspects of its activities.' For more information on benefitting
the local economy, operating in a responsible manner and more, check
out the above link.
Nature Conservancy Caribbean Challenge - is an initiative to protect the Caribbean. So far 50 new marine/coastal protected areas have been designated. The aim is to conserve at least 20% of their nearshore marine and coastal environments in national marine protected areas by 2020. The aim is to get the 40 million tourists who visit the Caribbean to help donate to the cause.
project to improve coastal towns
As a section of the Ministry of Tourism in Jamaica http://www.tpdco.org is the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO) is “to develop
and improve the tourism product, to position Jamaica as a preferred
destination and to ensure that tourism is sustained as a major contributor
to the development of the economy”. As one of the initiatives, the
Government of Jamaica project to improve resort towns. Some of the
aims of this project are to -Clean, upgrade and maintain the resort
towns, concentrating on designated project corridors.
- Increase the security presence in order to reduce visitor harassment
- Implement environmental and tourism awareness programmes in schools and communities
- Improve the facilities at the cruise ship piers.
Rivers Eco Lodge & Sustainable Living Centre
The 3 Rivers Eco Lodge & Sustainable Living Centre, reiterates
in 2006 its commitment to sustainability after earning this award
in 2005. Located in Dominica, this family business lives by a fundamental
goal: to live in harmony with, yet has as little harmful impact
as possible on the unspoiled natural beauty of its surroundings
Their philosophy is driven by a belief in their role to protect
and enhance the environment for guests, as well as the residents
of the local community. Keeping in line with their goals, every
aspect of the hotel has the environment in mind. The management
embraces a sustainable lifestyle, minimizing the use of all resources,
and monitoring all systems.
The sun powers the entire property. Even the water supply is pumped
from the river using a solar powered pump, which works in silence
to avoid disturbing the surrounding natural habitats. Likewise,
solar hot water heating systems are used. To minimize water consumption,
gray water is treated and then re-used in the garden and campers
use dry toilets.
The hotel composts all kitchen and garden waste, and uses that
compost to grow as much organic food as possible without the use
of chemicals or fertilizers. A truly original invention is the modification
of a pick up truck that has been retrofitted to run on used vegetable
oil as well as diesel fuel. With the 'cooking oil truck' they have
reduced harmful emissions by some 93%, and are able to re-cycle
oil that had been previously discarded by local restaurants in local
rivers and ravines. Whenever possible, the hotel avoids purchasing
packaged goods. The hotel shops locally, recycles and uses biodegradable
products, and tries to keep waste products to a minimum. Water,
electricity, gas, solid waste and paper consumption are monitored
daily to continuously find new ways of reducing usage.
An important aspect of 3 River's philosophy is to involve the local
community. Employees come from local villages, and they are trained
in sustainable living. As an Eco-Lodge, the hotel owners feel that
community-based tourism is essential in order to ensure that their
local friends benefit from the hotel's existence. Bearing this in
mind, the hotel offers a number of local community based activities
for the visitors' enjoyment, which, at the same time, help many
native people earn money to provide for their families. The activities
give guests a true taste of life in Dominica, as seen by a Dominican,
and are as innovative as they are engaging. They include:
- Learning traditional farming methods and how to make & taste
one of Dominica's national dishes - Calalou Soup.
- A day at an organic herb farm, discovering traditional herbal
medicines & remedies, and tasting various bush teas.
- Coffee and cocoa preparing and roasting - where tourists can take
some home at the end of the day.
- Visits to the local village primary school - getting to know the
kids, sharing experiences with them and learning the local history.
- Band practices with the local Reggae and Calypso stars - The Blazing
- Learning to make ancient knitting or flower crafts, among others.
These are just some of the responsible practices that 3 Rivers
Eco Lodge proudly undertakes. "Environmental issues concern
not just the air we breathe and the water we drink; they also concern
our obligation to each other, and to future generations to protect
our planet," said CHA President, Berthia Parle, MBE. "In
the Caribbean hospitality industry, businesses that utilize the
most solid social and environmental practices benefit communities
and save not only our environment, but our heritage as well."
(this case study is taken directly from the Caribbean Hotel Association
gets eco certification
Dominica is situated at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, nestled between the two French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The Commonwealth of Dominica has become the first complete country in the world to be benchmarked as a Green Globe 21 Eco Destination.
The government is introducing new green legislation in all areas to comply with the green globe requirements and aims to be fully certified within the next year or so. (source: greentravel and 3 Rivers ecolodge)
How do you tell “green” rhetoric from reality? It's not easy, concludes
a report, Protecting Paradise: Certification Programs for Sustainable
Tourism and Ecotourism. For more information on eco-certification
check out http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/2004/12/04/becomes.htm
tourism in Turkey?
The project aims to establish "sustainable tourism" in
the Belek Tourism Centre. Betuyab's goals and activities are realized
through cooperation among the investors, the local inhabitants,
the official association and establishments, and the relevant ministries
(Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health,
Ministry of Forestry etc.). Read about their achievments and lessons
Siwa Sustainable Development Initiative, Egypt
The Siwa Environmental Quality Initiative (EQI) offers a Shali lodge,
ecotourism activities, organic agriculture products, women's artisanship
and other offers which were developed based on consultations with
the local community and other stakeholders. EQI designed and implemented
the commercial ventures with the aim of promoting economic development
in Siwa that is in harmony with its sensitive environment and that
revitalizes its unique cultural heritage.