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000013253 037__ $$a6279
000013253 041__ $$aEnglish
000013253 245__ $$aTourism and mountains: A practical guide to managing the social and environmental impacts of mountain tours
000013253 260__ $$c2007
000013253 260__ $$bUNEP, Conservation International and Tour Operators' Initiative Secretariat c/o World Tourism Organisation: http://www.unep.fr/shared/publications/pdf/DTIx0957xPA-MountainsEN.pdf
000013253 490__ $$aManual
000013253 507__ $$aMFOLL
000013253 520__ $$a<span class="textMain">Travel to mountain ecosystems is increasing at a rapid pace, as growing numbers of tourists are attracted to the clean air, unique landscapes and wildlife, scenic beauty, culture, history, and recreational opportunities that mountain destinations offer. Yet, while this growth provides important benefits to local communities and national economies, the very popularity of mountain areas also poses a potential threat to the health of their natural and cultural resources. Mountains, which make up nearly a quarter of all land area on Earth and are home to at least 12 percent of the world&rsquo;s human population,1 contain a wide variety of habitats, many of which have extremely high levels of unique and rich biodiversity. Poorly planned and implemented tours and tourist activities can have a serious impact on these often fragile ecosystems, as well as on the communities that inhabit mountain regions. <br /><br />This guide has been created to help mountain-based tour operators and other mountain recreation professionals improve their environmental and social performance. We begin with an overview of mountain ecosystems and communities and a discussion of the nature and potential impacts of mountain tourism and tour activities. Next, we review good practices for a range of key issues related to mountain tourism. These issues are grouped into three main categories: good business practices, good environmental practices and good practices for specific tour activities. For each individual issue, we offer a brief summary, the rationale for good practices, recommendations of specific activities and practices, and examples of what other operators around the world are doing. A self-assessment checklist is included - at the back of this guide - for tour operators to use both to identify areas of business activity that need improvement and as a tool for choosing business partners and suppliers based on sustainability criteria. <br /><br />This publication is part of a series of Practical Guides to Good Practice developed by Conservation International and the United Nations Environment Programme for various sectors of the tourism industry. One set of these guides, which is aimed at tourism professionals, including the marine recreation sector, the cruise sector and the accommodations sector, encourages providers to implement good practices and work jointly with national and local agencies to develop and implement sustainable tourism strategies. Another group of guides - of which this publication is one - is aimed specifically at tour operators offering tours in particular environments, including rainforest-based tours, desert-based tours and land-based tours. 
<span class="textMain">Also available in French at http://www.unep.fr/scp/publications/details.asp?id=DTI/0980/PA and Spanish at http://www.unep.fr/scp/publications/details.asp?id=DTI/0981/PA<br />
000013253 653__ $$aecosystem
000013253 653__ $$aenvironment
000013253 653__ $$aenvironmental management
000013253 653__ $$aforest
000013253 653__ $$amanagement
000013253 653__ $$astrategy
000013253 653__ $$asustainable
000013253 653__ $$asustainable development
000013253 653__ $$asustainable management
000013253 653__ $$atourism
000013253 650__ $$aMountain livelihoods
000013253 650__ $$aMountain tourism
000013253 650__ $$aNatural resource management
000013253 650__ $$aForests and forestry
000013253 691__ $$aMountain livelihoods
000013253 691__ $$aMountain tourism
000013253 691__ $$aNatural resource management
000013253 691__ $$aForests and forestry
000013253 773__ $$p
000013253 8564_ $$uhttp://lib.icimod.org/record/13253/files/6279.pdf
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000013253 980__ $$aBOOK