Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (www.cites.org) is an international agreement between governments that seeks to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. It accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants. Its “Resources” will be of interest to ecotravelers.
Department for International Development (www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development). Britain’s DFID is the part of the U.K. government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to abolish extreme poverty. Responsible travelers will find its detailed “Country Profiles” and “Case Studies” worth reviewing.
Eldis (www.eldis.org) As part of a family of knowledge services from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, Eldis aims to share the best in international development policy, practice, and research. Its 30 subject-focused guides offer quick access to the latest research documents, organizations, discussions, and other key resources.
International Centre for Responsible Tourism (www.icrtourism.org) The ICRT is an independent training, research, and consultancy center with a postgraduate training program at Leeds Metropolitan University offering MSc's in Responsible Tourism Management and Responsible Hospitality Mangement. ICRT works with governments, the private sector, communities, and tourists to take responsibility for achieving change.
National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations (www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable/index.html) is dedicated to protecting all the world’s distinctive places through “wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship.” Its core strategy for achieving this mission is “geotourism,” tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
UNESCO World Heritage Center (whc.unesco.org) encourages the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Its website provides a list of UNESCO cultural and natural World Heritage Sites and discusses management of protected areas and sustainable tourism in general.