GDS-Index 2019 Results

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Overconsumption and unsustainable communities present us with complex issues. The GDS-Index seeks to address this complexity by collecting comprehensive data on the sustainability performance of destination management organisations, which is showcased in our 2019 Ranking. Our leaderboard promotes healthy competition amongst member destinations and allows events organisers to make informed decisions when choosing a host site. To explore the results in detail visit: www.bit.ly/RESULTS2019

Annual Magazine for 2015 - Setting the foundations for...

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The Annual Magazine contains a series of interviews, case studies and reports from actions on the ground that showcase the implementation of sustainable initiatives and efforts of programme Actors to accelerate the shift towards SCP in the tourism sector across the globe.
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Inequality in South Africa's politicised wilderness:...

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This document contains an abridged overview of my master's dissertation research and methodology, which was awarded first-class honours (83%) - King's College London, Department of Geography. The research consulted students, program facilitators, and safari lodge employers to examine the efficacy of government-led skills programmes in empowering local communities in South Africa's wildlife economy.
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Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas

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The guidelines were developed under the “Tourism partnerships and concessions in protected areas: Cooperating for success” project, executed on behalf of the CBD Secretariat by the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. They were funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany and by the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Bio-Bridge Initiative.
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Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas:...

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Many protected areas are managed for tourism and visitation as one component of achieving their purpose, involving a wide range of stakeholders, including the private sector. The rapidly expanding demand for tourism development associated with protected areas emphasizes the need to provide clear guidance that will contribute towards sustainable tourism consistent with the primary conservation objectives of protected areas. Currently available in English, Spanish and French
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Global Destination Sustainability Index: Creating...

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This white paper contains valuable best practices, data, and recommendations for Destination Management Organisations (DMOs). It seeks to inspire and empower destinations to strengthen their commitment and capacity to advance the tourism and events industry towards green growth and inclusive social development. We trust that this study will be useful not only to DMOs, but event industry stakeholders and the tourist community at large. For more info visit: www.gds-index.com

Environmental footprint for hotels in Morocco

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This report describes the implementation of a methodology to assess the environmental footprint of hotels in Morocco, to improve performance and to inform consumers through a label. The latter covers four areas: Impact on climate change, water consumption, non-renewable resources consumption, and percentage of products that are certified organic. The report describes the process and mitigation potentials identified. A video that summarizes the project is available here: https://youtu.be/l2xk1TWir4E

Towards a climate friendly accomodation sector through...

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This study for the carbon footprint and a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in the sector of Tourism in Morocco proposes to ‘eliminate’ emissions from an entire subsector, accommodation, which in 2015 represented 10% of emissions from Moroccan tourism. This will make a significant contribution to emission reductions, specifically considering the anticipated growth of the sector with another 200,000 beds by 2030. The NAMA will also generate global attention, as Morocco would be the first country in the world to pursue a sector-wide decarbonization strategy in tourism. The cost of achieving this goal are moderate, and provide the simultaneous benefit of reducing operating costs and vulnerabilities related to future fluctuations in energy cost, while also improving national energy autonomy.

Tourism 2030 - Portal for Sustainable & Responsible...

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Destinations, businesses and tourism intermediaries can use the Tourism 2030 site to develop tourism products & services in line with the 2030 Goals. The sustainable tourism development portal brings together a global knowledge & innovation community of touris...

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