NonA Weekly: LIVING HERITAGE
There are 238 natural world heritage sites (including ‘mixed’ sites listed under both natural and cultural criteria). They cover every biome and bio-geographical region and they can be arranged according to each site’s main characteristics: from across the golden sands of the Sahara desert, to the world’s highest peaks, across its oceans, and into its deepest caves.
Ecotourism is a fast-growing sector of the tourism industry that involves visiting natural places to observe wildlife while conserving it. This form of tourism sees money raised directly invested in the protection of local ecosystems. On the surface, it sounds like a clever compromise between experiencing exotic environments and preserving them, but scientists are increasingly raising issues with the impact ecotourism may have on local wildlife.
This time we bring you the discussion around Natural heritage & Landmarks and Eco tourism & Nature destinations.
1. LIVING HERITAGE AND NATURE
This interactive visual from UNESCO provides an insight into how the living heritage elements inscribed under the 2003 Convention are interconnected with nature. Navigate by concepts such as ‘Rivers’, ‘Trees’, or ‘Horses’ and see how they relate to eight generic biomes. Learn about this heritage and imagine where yours fits in!
2. CAN DESIGN MAKE ECOTOURISM EVEN BETTER?
Taking holidays is an important part of modern life. While the typical ‘fly and flop’ package is still undoubtedly popular, a growing number of holidaymakers are now opting for ECOTOURISM.
3. NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITES
This is a celebration of NATURE at its best. The world’s most spectacular wildlife and wild places, its rolling savannas, parched deserts, steamy rainforests and glacier-capped mountains. It is also a call to action, for whilst the world recognizes the ‘outstanding universal value’ of these remarkable places, it has been less successful in ensuring their conservation in a real, practical sense.
4. TOP 20 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES FOR NATURE & WILDLIFE LOVERS
As of summer 2016, there were a total of 1052 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including 203 that were recognized specifically for their Natural Heritage. Trying to narrow that list down to a Top 20 is highly subjective, but here’s a look at some of our favorite UNESCO World Heritage SITES.
5. THE EUROPEAN MARKET POTENTIAL FOR NATURE AND ECOTOURISM
Nature and ecotourism is one of the main tourism segments, which also includes adventure TOURISM. The products and services in this segment come in many forms, including wilderness and dark sky tourism. Attracting tourists to remote areas may disrupt their remoteness but may also offer many opportunities if you adopt practices that care for and respect nature.
6. TOURISM AND BIODIVERSITY – ACHIEVING COMMON GOALS TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
This publication looks at the relationship between tourism and BIODIVERSITY and assesses the way that tourism can contribute to the protection of biodiversity and enhance its role as the main resource for tourism destinations.
7. THE DOWNSIDE OF ECOTOURISM: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HUMANS INTERACT WITH ANIMALS
While ecotourism has several obvious advantages over ordinary tourism, a new study explores whether it might be HARMING the very animals it seeks to protect.
Stay creative and see you all next week!