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Environmental Sustainability

The natural environment is an essential part of tourism. Helping conserve our natural resources and make it a better world can become an enriching visitor experience

Environmental Sustainability for Business


Energy efficiency for small businesses New South Wales Government Sustainable Business resources

Green Chrysalis is a research study by UTS on how small and medium sized businesses have used innovative techniques to reduce their carbon footprint

Learn how to manage, report and then showcase your innovative best practice Responsible Reporting resource

The most comprehensive free document available online on environmental management in hotels is UNEP, IH&RA and EUHOFA (2005) Sowing the seeds of change: an environmental teaching pack for the hospitality industry. Paris: UNEP/IH&RA. Unit 4 (page 69 onwards) applies the concept of EMS to the hotel industry

This article provides examples of simple and more complex payback calculations. Hazardous Waste and Toxic Reduction Programme (2002) Cost analysis for pollution prevention, publication 95-400.

Climate Action certification can provider a framework to reduce your emissions and operate more sustainably

The Bed and Breakfast & Farmstay Association of NSW produced this helpful guide on applying more eco friendly policies green-checklist for hosted accommodation

Community Environmental Sustainability


A programme to help you and your community become more eco friendly Eco Friendly Communities Tool Kit


Farming Practices


Guide to environmental management for viticulture from the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria which provides links to obtain the tools to apply best practice

Develop your own Environmental Farm Plan and make it a showcase visitor experience demonstrating the positive innovation in rural Australia, advice from Department of Primary Industries, Victoria


Tourism in Natural Environments


BPSP: Biodiversity Support Planning Programme (2002) Integrating Biodiversity into the Tourism Sector, UNDP/UNEP/GEF Biodiveristy Support Planning Programme

Drumm, A. and Moore, A. (2005) An Introduction to Ecotourism Planning (2nd Edn.) Volume 1 and II, Arlington: The Nature Conservancy. Read the first chapter in Volume II, on ecotourism management planning

Travelling Stock Routes  and Reserves are a network of traditional public land used for droving sheep and cattle during early European colonisation. Many follow traditional Aboriginal pathways. They are now a wonderful natural asset with rich biodiversity which offer birdwatching, shady bush walking and scenic drive values.  The National Parks Association Report (2011 on  Travelling Stock Reserve  indicates their tourism value on page 17

An example of integrating nature conservation and tourism destination participation, a Wildlife Connectivity Corridor for Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Both nature tourism and destinations have an excellent opportunity of identifying their regional point of difference and contributing to conservation through the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative


Conservation Charter Links

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

Barra Charter

Ramsar Convention