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Funding protected areas

Building fundraising capacity for protected areas Biodiversity conservation and the protection of the ecosystems is critical to the human existence. With the purpose to conserve the last pristine places protected areas are established. National Parks are the jewel of those protected areas. They serve not only the purpose of preserving natural and cultural heritage but…

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A tribute to Amos Bien

by Erika Harms Goodbye to a legend and a friend “Finding market solutions to environmental problems is the only way we will succeed”. This was the mantra by which Amos Bien practiced sustainable tourism. In 2006 when we at the UN Foundation embarked in the process of developing a set of sustainable tourism criteria with…

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Protecting our Cultural and Social Heritage – a new social enterprise

by Damaris Chaves Preserving and restoring cultural heritage through social enterprises Recent years we have seen numerous initiatives to protect the value of cultural and social heritage, whether tangible or intangible property, whether artistic, historical, architectural, archaeological, traditional, oral and other categories that may be cited. However the wealth of cultural heritage is large and…

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The 4 axes of development

by Julio Moure In a changing and globalized world, the search for alternatives is imperative for development and even for the survival of the people and their culture in a healthy environment. Following the preparation of the book “Alternative Community Development in the Maya Forest ” I could reflect on some of work done in…

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Sustainable Bee Keeping in Quintana Roo

Guest Blogger : Dean Dr. Francisco J. Rosado May THE CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING OF THE INTERCULTURAL MAYAN UNIVERSITY OF QUINTANA ROO Multiple studies have shown a downward trend of bees and pollination worldwide. Climate change is one, but not the only factor that is estimated to cause this imbalance. Beekeeping has become an important…

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The Impacts of Climate Change on Tourism

by Katiana Murillo Climate change adaptation cannot wait for the future, it has to start now! When we talk about adaptation to climate change it is because we can not sit and wait for the effects of this phenomenon while praying that nothing happens to us. Whatever happens this year at the Paris summit, during…

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Focus on Clean Energy at Summit of the Americas 2015

A new focus on clean energy initiatives at the 2015 Summit of the America shows a growing regional cooperation for sustainable development.  On April 10th and 11th, 2015, the Seventh Summit of the Americas brought together the heads of state and government leaders from every country in the Western Hemisphere for the first time.The Summit,…

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Is Sustainable Tourism Profitable?

by Katiana Murillo ” Sustainable Tourism is not only profitable, but a current trend” A study by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) ​​entitled “The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2015”, collects data from various research sources showing that sustainable tourism is not only profitable, but a growing trend. Here are some examples:…

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Planet 4 People and Fundación Plan21 Sign Collaboration Agreement

Planet 4 People and Argentina-based non profit organization, Fundación Plan21, announce a new collaboration for training sessions and capacity building projects throughout Latin America. Planet 4 People is excited to announce a new collaboration agreement with Fundación Plan21, a non-profit organization that is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fundación Plan21 works to preserve natural resources…

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Sustaining our coastal resources: ecosystem valuation

by Liza Agudelo Demonstrating the economic value of natural resources will enable policy makers to promote their sustainable use and conservation. Current economic development trends are rapidly diminishing and polluting our natural resources, and current management practices often fall short of implementing appropriate measures to guarantee these resources will keep providing the services we all…

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