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    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as […]

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    And Now, the Tourism Sustainability Council

    Thursday, September 10th, 2009

    From The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership):
    Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council Announce Merger to Form Tourism Sustainability Council

    Two leading initiatives launch effort to provide global sustainable tourism guidelines and international accreditation for travel industry to help protect the environment and support local communities

    The Partnership for Global […]

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    The Tourism Sustainability Scorecard / La Ficha de Evaluación de Sostenibilidad Turística

    Thursday, May 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB releases sustainability scorecard for private sector tourism projects

    Interactive online tool enables assessment of sustainability dimensions of proposed projects

    The Inter-American Development Bank today released a new Tourism Sustainability Scorecard, an interactive tool developed to ensure that the IDB’s investments in private sector tourism projects maximize social, economic, cultural and environmental […]

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    A New Green Globe Regime for Central America and the Caribbean

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    From Green Globe International, Inc.:
    Green Globe International, Inc. Announces Partnership with Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) for Central American and Caribbean Markets
    Green Globe International, Inc., the worldwide owner of the Green Globe brand, has entered into an agreement with Responsible Business Alliance, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) advisory partnership, for specified markets in Central America and […]

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    Buenos Aires Begins Eco-Certifying Lodging

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

    The program of Buenos Aires Province launched earlier this year to formally recognize “sustainable touristic lodging” is finally getting into full swing. The provincial environment authority, OPDS, just announced the award of the first 21 certifications to lodgings in the Sierra de la Ventana (“Window Mountains”) area of Torquinst.
    The program judges lodging in touristic […]

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    Energy Efficiency Program for Caribbean Hotels Launched

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    From the Barbados Government Information Service:
    CARIBBEAN HOTEL ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACTION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
    Additional income from savings in electricity/fuel bills, a reduction in operational costs; and an increased flow of tourists preferring sustainable energy tourism destinations, are just a few of the benefits expected from the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT).
    This was announced today by […]

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    A Moratorium on Constructing Mega-Resorts?

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    From Tourism Concern:
    TOURISM CONCERN CALLS FOR HALT ON CONSTRUCTION OF MEGA-RESORTS
    Campaigning organisation Tourism Concern is calling for a halt to the construction of tourism mega-resorts, claiming that they are destroying communities and are environmentally unsustainable.
    The global trend in developing luxury, large-scale resorts is leading to widespread alienation and displacement of people from their land, and […]

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    Eco-certification for Tourism: Blue Flag Comes to Brazil

    Saturday, February 14th, 2009

    Desde o Instituto Ambiental Ratones (IAR):
    Programa Bandeira Azul

    Em 2008, a certificação Bandeira Azul foi concedida a mais de 3200 praias e marinas em todo o mundo. Atualmente, 38 países participam do programa, representando todos os continentes, entre eles estão quase a totalidade dos países costeiros europeus e do leste europeu, cinco países caribenhos, Marrocos e […]

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    Belize’s Tourism Plan – Sustainable?

    Friday, January 30th, 2009

    The Belize Government has announced a $13.5 million program that they say will “promote and practice responsible tourism” and which they label as a “sustainable tourism plan.”
    Perhaps buried in the the plan itself (not yet available online) are the details of what actually qualifies this as sustainable or responsible tourism, since the official release about […]

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    Buenos Aires Province Formally Launches Sustainable Hotel Certification System

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    The Provincial Sustainable Development Organ (OPDS) of Buenos Aires Province just launched formally the “sustainable hotels” certification program that it announced last August it would create.
    The program will judge lodging in touristic destinations within the Province on their “efficient use” of natural resources, minimization of the use of toxic chemical products, maximization of the use […]

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