organisers and information sites
- nature tourism:
- French ecotourism portal, with maps and information. A directory of
ecotourism sites and rural accommodation.
Transfers + A global, eco-friendly airport transfer
and ground transportation network operational in a growing number of
destinations around the world in partnership with local operators
committed to environmental sustainability.
- Leap Local + Leap
Local seeks to connect the traveller to the local, enabling the
communities that you visit to benefit from your travels.
hiking trails in France, with map +
information from About-France.com
tours New Zealand + Tours off the beaten track and avoiding
commercial traps. Small groups. Friendly guides.
~ Information for the preparation of walking
holidays across Southern Scotland.
- Wild Earth
Adventures - Adventure Holidays Canada, Wilderness tours and
Outdoor Web - Dedicated to the world of
outdoor sports, travel and adventure.
+ is a registered N.G.O. based in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu,
combining cultural tour and community work opportunity for
volunteers from abroad.
+ Voluntary Service Overseas - UK NGO which is the world’s
leading independent international development charity working through
volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries
is one of the world's biggest industries, and it's one that is
particularly important for the development of many areas and regions
even within the developed countries. Rural areas, sparsely
populated areas, poor countries, often offer little in the way of
economic opportunities to local people, and this can lead to
economic migration, loss of services and general decline. Tourism is
one industry that can stop this decline.
However, in order to contribute to the regeneration or the
conservation of such areas, tourism needs to be conducted in a
responsible manner. Mass tourism can lead to the destruction of the
very resources that tourists initially came to enjoy; clean beaches,
local cultures, beautiful environments, an escape from the rat-race of
modern urban living. Just look at the terrible environmental damage
that has been inflicted by the tourist industry on much of the
Mediterranean coast of Spain - a jungle of motorways,
tower-blocks, fast-food outlets and golf courses that are rapidly
draining the subterranean water tables on which the region has survived
for thousands of years. This is unsustainable tourism at its worst.
Ecotourism - also known as green tourism or nature
tourism - is not just tourism for bird-watchers
or going hiking in a national park; it is tourism
designed and managed to ensure that tourists contribute positively to
economies (instead of being of most benefit to big hotel
companies and tour operators
based in the cities of the industrialsed nations of the
that their impact on the local environment is positive or at least
neutral, rather than negative. It means hiking, cycling tours, using
existing infrastructure, buying products and services locally in the
community, helping to conserve rural areas and local heritage; it means
respecting natural environments, avoiding waste and damage.