Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

New IUCN Guidelines on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas

IUCN, has published new “Guidelines on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas”. Produced by Yu-Fai Leung, Anna Spencely, Glen Hvenegaard and Ralf Buckley, leading experts of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist (TAPAS) Group, with the support of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, as well as North Carolina State University.

White Men in Suits at ITB panels (part 2): Time to tackle the lack of diversity at tourism events

The only non-male panel at ITB CSR Day, 9 March 2018. Still pretty imbalanced.

Exactly a year ago after ITB Berlin 2017, I wrote White Men in Suits and Sustainable Tourism for PATA’s Sustainability Blog, referring to the nationality, race and gender imbalance of speakers at ITB, but also at other conferences and events in the tourism industry.

Do nature documentaries like Planet Earth result in greater conservation efforts?

The documentary “Planet Earth” is one of the most captivating and awe-inspiring documentaries to tell the tale of the circle of life. The highly-rated and award nominated series is an educational resource for nature enthusiasts and wildlife observers, and is also a source of travel inspiration for people who want to witness the show’s content in real life.

Culture shift: redirecting humanity’s path to a flourishing future

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan Province, China.. Credit: By Jialiang Gao, – Original Photograph via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

What do all these ideas have in common—a tax on carbon, big investments in renewable energy, a livable minimum wage, and freely accessible healthcare? The answer is that we need all of them, but even taken together they’re utterly insufficient to redirect humanity away from impending catastrophe and toward a truly flourishing future.