A new report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), entitled “Sustainable Tourism for Development“, illustrates the power of the travel sector to provide a central pillar for sustainable development in the 21st century. Many developing nations point to tourism as a priority means to greater economic welfare, with others pointing out further inherent benefits to both society and the environment, especially when local communities are empowered and engaged through their hands on involvement. For Project Cordillera, this is why we exist.
With innovations in technology and an understanding of how we can protect and promote environments through responsible tourism and by utilising local knowledge, we believe travel is uniquely powerful tool for changing the world from the ground up.
We are delighted to be part of this change, striving for the protection of important mountain environments and the knowledgeable mountain communities who maintain them. Mountains, highlands and uplands are the water towers of the world and we neglect them at our peril. It is becoming increasingly clear that adventure travel offers a sustainable way to support them.
Read our Sustainability Report 2015 to learn about our year working for a new adventure travel in the Andes, and for a new locally-based approach to global development: Sustainability Report 2015 – Project Cordillera