Urban Ecotourism Declaration

Poster From the archives Participants in the first International Urban Ecotourism Conference (2004) respect Urban Ecotourism as an ongoing opportunity to conserve biological and social diversity, create new jobs and improve the quality of life. We issue the following declaration: Recognizing urban centers as cradles of civilization, socio-political progress, examples of co-existence between diverse cultures …

The Great Training Robbery

Poster: Ron Mader, Certifiers Publisher’s note: Michael Kaye passed away in July 2018. We present this popular essay from 2003. by Michael Kaye In their brilliant book Dangerous Game, authors James O’Shea and Charles Madigan, describe how the big consulting firms have bilked the world’s major corporations out of literally tens of billions of dollars …

The tour operator’s dilemma: Keeping the customer happy while not disturbing the wildlife

Photo: Wildlife Information Centre This essay by Ronda J Green is excerpted from a presentation at the 2002 International Ecotourism Conference in Cairns. A traveller almost always has limited time and limited money and is looking for quality experiences within those constraints. Wildlife tour operators have to deliver these quality experiences. In this competitive world …

Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference (2002)

Photo: Ron Mader presenting summary From the archives: The Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization, took place online in April 2002. The conference was moderated by Mr. Ron Mader, author and webhost of the Planeta.com Website, who presented the results at the World …

Ecotourism and Spirituality

Photo: Bosque From the archivesThis article first appeared in the June/July 1999 issue of Radical Grace magazine. The cackle of parrots draws my head to the auburn sky. Circling overhead this mountain in Mexico’s Eastern Sierra Madre, the birds are searching for a place to spend the night. “They are Maroon-fronted parrots (Rhynchopsitta terrisi), a …

The Challenge of Ecotourism (1995)

Graphic From the archives (1995) by John Shores One of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism business is nature-oriented tourism. The travel industry has enlisted the support of environmental organizations and park agencies and is promoting nature travel as the hottest “environmentally correct” activity available. But is ecotourism the panacea these promoters claim? The …