"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them"

Albert Einstein

Raising funds for the Mountains of the Moon

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP)- or Mountains of the Moon as the locals call them – is a World Heritage Site and a RAMSAR site. Its value exceeds the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, it plays a critical role not only for local communities, but for the country, the wider region and the world.  …

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Marketing with a purpose: addressing the overtourism problem of Plitivice Lakes

Addressing over tourism is key to the preservation of many threatened natural and cultural heritage sites,  as well as to ensuring the well-being of residents of urban areas.   Plitvice Lakes is one of the most visited destinations in the world.  During the summer it can draw close to 10000 visitors a day,  that visit…

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Green Travel Transformation: linking sustainable providers to main stream markets

Tourists are increasingly willing to seek more sustainable travel options, howerver finding those options in current distribution channels is not an easy task.  The Green Travel Transformation project,  lead by Leuphana University and sponsored by the Ministry of Research and Education, seeks to build the bridges between certified tourism providers and the market place.  Creating…

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The value of an MPA network for the provision of ecosystem services

Over the past 5 decades, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has had a significant social and economic transformation shifting from being an economy based on fishing and pearl extraction, to becoming one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Today, oil and gas production support an economy that allows the government to place significant resources…

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Tourism businesses supporting destinations

Certification in tourism is growing with international tour operators setting targets for sustainable hotels and tours.  Tourist are also more attracted and loyal to responsible travel and need a 3rd part verification.  With this in mind the Ministry of Tourism engaged Planet4People to lead the a consortia of organizations tasked with the development of the…

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Building Capacity for Civil Society Organizations

BioNet is the Regional Network of Biodiversity Civil Society Organizations in the Balkan region.  As part of a wider project to build the capacity of civil society to address conservation issues, Planet4People was engaged by the GIZ to develop a  workshop train CSOs involved in BioNet to deal with funding opportunities for conservation, particularly using…

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Marketing Strategy for Parks of Croatia

The objectives of the PARCS Project of UNDP were first, to improve the institutional frameworks of national protected areas in order to address its key sstemic and institutional weaknesses. The second objective was to improve the financial sustainability of the national protected areas.  As part of this component Planet 4 People was tasked with the…

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Social and Ecological Impacts of Cruise Tourism

Within the tourism sector, the cruise industry is developing rapidly, and becoming a mayor player. The demand for cruising has increased by 68% in the last ten years and the business is spreading with 24 Millions of passengers around the globe (CLIA).The main cruise destinations include some of the WWF’s priority areas and partner countries…

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Assessment of Tourism Offer and Demand in the Mediterranean Basin

Within the context of the Project Sustainable Economic Activities in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (SEA- Med) it is already clearly established that tourism plays an important socio economic role in the region and a considerable threat to habitats and species.   To ensure a well-managed Marine Protected Area (MPA) that is equally able to maintain healthy…

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Governance for Sustainable Tourism

The concept of governance is a frequently used, but often also misinterpreted concept.  In tourism there is no clear definition and one can find as many descriptions about governance as you find about sustainability. UNWTO defines tourism governance as “the process of managing tourist destinations through synergistic and coordinated efforts by government, at different levels and…

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