• Sabi Sabi

    Photo credit by Sabi Sabi Game Reseve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

  • Tswalu

    Photo credit by Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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    Photo credit by !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Amakhala

    Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Destinet

 What is DestiNet?

DestiNet is an independent portal which brings together the global community of people and organisations working for making tourism more sustainable.

DestiNet leads you to helpful organisations and information sources, potential partners for exchange and collaboration, tools and good practice examples, sustainable tourism certification programmes and their certified products and services world wide.

Who runs DestiNet?

DestiNet is administrated by ECOTRANS – a independent not-for-profit European network of experts and organisations who are working for making tourism more sustainable – in partnership with the European Environment Agency (EEA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Tourism Organization (UN WTO). DestiNet is officially rergistered as a United Nations “Partnership for Sustainable Development”.

Who uses DestiNet?

With support from the European Commission (CIP Programme) DestiNet is used for the creation of Sustainable tourism knowledge networks for competitive and sustainable European tourism on local/regional, national and international level (FAST-LAIN project 2011-2012). In the field of Ecotourism DestiNet is used to build and manage the European Ecotourism Network (EEN). Certificates and awards use DestiNet to show their certified businesses, services and destinations on the global Market Place and the Atlas of Excellence

My DestiNet!

DestiNet invites you to use show your own organisation with your sustainable tourism related activities, your tools, good practices and events on DestiNet – with links to your website for further information.

If you coordinate a network or manage a destination you can get your own folder for knowledge networking in your language on DestiNet. The many features will allow you to manage all your contacts and activities in your protected section and to publish good practices and certified tourism as “green map” on the global DestiNet Market Place.

Destinet has the following resources publicly available:

  1. A Simple User’s Guide to Certification for Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism. This guide offers a comprehensive definition of sustainable tourism, what it encompasses, and means of achieving a high standard of sustinability. The guide focuses on the different certification programs and emphasizes finding the best one for each specific topic.
  2. A Manual for Water and Waste Management What the Tourism Industry Can Do to Improve Its Performance. This manual provides guidelines and examples of how tourism operations can achieve positive results in waste management and minimize harm to a community’s ecological and physical systems. The manual looks at the two major outputs of most facilities – solid waste management and water management.

For more resources visit: Destinet

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