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    In the Year of Biodiversity Conservation, are the conservationists up to the job?

    There are a few examples of success, but surely the answer is no, they are not. One of the joys of teaching our students is that they persist in asking the difficult questions and reminding us that not all is well.   Despite the celebratory atmosphere in South Africa at the last World Parks Congress, when successive countries ceded ever more land to conservation, the reality is that the conservationists are not able to conserve the habitat and species that they control. They are often running paper parks. They will argue that they need yet more resources, I for one am not convinced. In the International Year of Biodiversity, it…

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    The EU Package Travel Directive: Unintended Consequences.

    The EU Package Travel Directive: Unintended Consequences.   Unintended Consequences 1.       As the principal (the tour operator) can easily pass on the costs of compensation there is little incentive to robustly defend the supplier, and the supplier is not able to defend themselves. 2.       The Package Travel Directive has the unintended consequence of reducing market access for small scale producers and the informal sector.   The EU Package Travel Directive (PTD) has substantially extended the rights of consumers against the suppliers (agents and principals) of package travel arrangements and the PTD is being reviewed in order to revise the PTD in particular to cover dynamic packaging. The PTD has successfully…

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    Still more concerns about the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria

    The case for spending public money on certification has not been made. In July I argued that the case for certification had not yet been made and said that I knew of no substantial evidence that certification delivers for the businesses which fund it or the public agencies which have subsidised and promoted it. I asked that if there was evidence thata) sustainable tourism certification increases the market share of businesses that adopt it, or thatb) there is consumer demand for certification, or thatc) the environmental impacts of tourism have been reduced and that tourism has consequently become more sustainable.  No evidence has been forthcoming. Justin Francis and I launched…

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