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October 2010
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The Green Globe program grew out of the 1992 United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, where 182 heads of state from around the world endorsed the Agenda 21 principles of sustainable development. Subsequently, Green Globe International, which is a publicly traded company based out of Los Angeles, California, branded its sustainability and benchmarking program,...
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The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program (STEP). The STEP program was created by Sustainable Travel International, which is a non-profit organization “dedicated to promoting responsible tourism, supporting sustainable development, and helping travelers and travel providers protect the environments and cultures they visit.” The voluntary program, which is based on the...
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This northern most zoo in Europe is in Helsinki.  It is unique since it is entirely housed on its own island. Not only were there natural barriers erected for most of the animals, it was so interesting to me how much conservation information was given at each station. I took this picture of a sand...
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I stayed at the Glen Afric Reserve & Lodge near the Magaliesberg Mountains in South Africa this past summer. I saw lots of wild animals roaming free throughout the reserve and many species of birds. During my elephant walk that consisted of just our small group of 3, the caretaker made time to answer all...
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Greenloons can create a personalized itinerary that incorporates the green travel tips suggested on this site with accommodations and activities that will make your vacation unique, memorable and sustainable.  If you are a journalist, photographer, or just someone interested in writing about Greenloons and would like additional information, we are happy to assist you, just...
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South America’s Smart Voyager is the sustainable tourism certification program for tourist boats, tour operators and hotels operating in South America. The program is so rigorous that in 2002, it was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an example that should be implemented in all of the natural patrimonies...
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This weekend (October 23-24), the Washington Convention Center will host one of the nation’s premier sustainable living events.  In addition to information about green career, media, product, food, energy, investment, transportation, fashion, and construction industries, the festival will also be feature ecotravel speakers and exhibitors.  Ecotravel speakers scheduled include: Joao Amorim, Emmy-nominated Brazilian director, who...
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The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) program. South African tourism is synonymous with nature and wildlife safaris, cradle of humankind exploration, hiking and water adventure, and most recently World Cup soccer. Developed under the auspices of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) South Africa, the...
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The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continue with Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism. In North America, the term ecotourism has become synonymous with the country of Costa Rica. Its lush natural environment coupled with an incredible diversity of wildlife makes it a favorite destination for vacation adventure, enrichment and relaxation. The Certification for Sustainable Tourism...
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Brazil Pantanal Matogrossense National Park
The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with Brazil’s Adventure Tourism Safety (Aventura Segura) program. With the recent granting of both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Brazil’s conscious stepping up of efforts to attract foreign visitors to its internationally recognized nature reserves, parks, and biosphere reserves has begun to pay off dividends. ...
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