Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy's mission is to
'preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity
of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive' (mission
from The Nature Conservancy magazine).
The World Wildlife Fund
- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the world's largest privately-supported
international conservation organization. The WWF aims to protect wildlife and
Greenpeace International -
Greenpeace exists because this fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions.
It needs change. It needs action.
Friends of the Environment
it began in 1990, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has proudly supported
the efforts of Canadians who are dedicated to the well-being of our environment.
World Conservation Union - The World Conservation
Union promotes sustainable, ecologically-sound development practices while maintaining
and protecting biodiversity. Visit their website for information about their conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society - The
Wildlife Conservation Society 'saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science,
international conservation, education, and the management of the world's largest
system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo' (from the World
Conservation Society website).
Sierra Club -The Sierra Club's members are more than 750,000
of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect
our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most
influential grassroots environmental organization.
Federation - Visit the National Wildlife Federation website
for the latest news, conservation information, and research concerning wildlife
and natural habitats. This organization unites individuals, policy makers, and
businesses in an effort to protect the environment.
Friends of Haleakala
National Park - The Friends of Haleakela National Park supports
'educational, cultural, research, and service activities relating to the Haleakala
National Park and its ecosystems' (Source: FHNP website). This stunning park,
located on Maui's Haleakala volcano, is home to more threatened and endangered
species than any other national park in the United States including the Hawaiian
state bird, the Nene.
The National Audubon Society - It
is the mission of the National Audubon Society to conserve and restore natural
ecosystems. Their efforts focus on birds and other wildlife and their work is
aimed to benefit humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Ducks Unlimited
- Ducks Unlimited 'conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats
for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and
people' (mission from Ducks Unlimited website).
push for economic development has seen rapid urbanization, destruction of irreplaceable
cultural heritage, and the destruction of many natural sites. Yet heritage preservation
is not an obstacle to economic growth, in fact, it is a critical element of sustainable
socio-economic development. In conserving cultural heritage, we are conserving
those elements of our past that have the potential to contribute to our understanding
of history on a local, regional and global scale. Historic sites demonstrate a
communitys cultural continuity and long-term survival.
the same time, conservation also directly serves economic development goals. It
is a productive activity which creates jobs and economic activity in the local
community. Conserved buildings and structures not only reinforce the character
of the historic town, but they can also be re-used or adapted for different purposes
as housing, schools, health centers, and museums.
historic sites have significant potential for drawing cultural tourism. According
to the World Tourism Organization, 70 percent of tourist revenues are spent in
the 1960s and 70s, the world saw an unprecedented increase in tourist arrivals,
particularly in Asia. Tourism has brought many benefits in the form of economic
development and international exchange. At the same time, tourism has increased
pressure on the environment, on local communities, and on cultural assets.
However, heritage conservation
is not incompatible with sustainable tourism development. There must be a well-thought
out management plan which covers both tourism development and conservation, which
is followed by all. Sustainable culture tourism implies increased investment to
maintain and/or invigorate the cultural resources on which the tourism is based.
Financing for this needed increased investment in culture can and should be found
within the profit margins of the tourism industry. Innovative public-private partnerships
can be established to link conservation efforts to sustainable tourism development.
an increase in visitors to a site can bring economic benefits the increase in
numbers of people is in itself problematic because of the additional stress it
places on the already-fragile monuments. There is an upper limit to the number
of visitors a historic/cultural site can receive at any one time without the site
suffering permanent degradation or damage.
is both desirable and possible to expand both the carrying capacity of a site
and the touristic interest of a site by integrating intangible culture with the
physical heritage. Investment in training and human resource development in the
performing and other traditional arts is, therefore, good tourist economics. Personnel,
drawn from the local community and trained in the in-depth presentation of a cultural
site as well as in its maintenance is crucial to the successful development of
cultural tourism as a sustainable business.
the era of globalization, there has been a resurgence of appreciation and pride
for local traditions. People are coming to realize that traditional solutions
and methods which have evolved out of particular natural and social environments
may be the best solution to some of the problems at hand. There may be some lessons
learned from the Green Revolution of the 1970s, which led to the adoption of new
farming methods instead of traditional systems, which have led to an increased
dependence on expensive equipment and fertilizer, and have replace the self-sufficient
agrarian lifestyle. from UNESCO Bankok
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