A feature I wrote for TTG about last year’s trip to Guyana won “trade feature of the year” at the Latin America Travel Association Press Awards this week. Click here to download a PDF of the feature, from TTG May 17, 2012.… Continue reading
[This blog first appeared on ttgdigital.com]
National Geographic claimed earlier this year that Yasuni National Park in Ecuador may be the most biodiverse place on earth. But it’s not a crown Ecuador will wear for long, if a Peruvian conservation organisation has anything to do with it.
Crees is a charitable foundation based in the Manu region of Peru’s rainforest, where visitors can see conservation research and sustainable community development in action. In May, staff and volunteers at Crees plan to undertake their very… Continue reading
At a tourism conference in Panama last week, I got chance to catch up with the Rainforest Alliance and hear about its latest news.
Federico Solano described a new scheme called Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability, or TOPS, for both local Latin American tourism companies and those sending customers from the UK and other countries.
After bringing together travel companies that have made a commitment to sustainable practices, the Alliance hopes to launch a group-wide marketing campaign, creating one of the world’s first networks of green-certified operators… Continue reading
I was interested in the story from Conservation International on scientists in Borneo discovering a teeny tiny new species of frog – the Microhyla nepenthicola is about the size of a pea and lives in pitcher plants which hold pools of water.
When I saw the photo, I thought surely this must be the smallest frog in the world?
Au contraire – it’s only the smallest species discovered in the OLD world .
They’ve found even… Continue reading
I was interested to find out more about the Rainforest Alliance at WTM last week. I first heard about the organisation when I was out in Central America last month – it’s a not-for-profit organisation with three distinct arms, advising and campaigning on sustainable agriculture, forestry and tourism in rainforested areas around the world.
Its work in tourism ranges from training hotel staff on green technology, to helping them attain certificates of sustainability, to educating tourists on how they… Continue reading