Responsible tourism is about finding a balance between minimising our impact on the environment, both physical and social, yet not losing the ability to open minds and educate through new experiences.
The Polar Regions have long inspired fascination and awe, from the intrepid early explorers to modern day travellers who wish to discover the ruggedly beautiful landscapes at the ends of the earth. Rather than having a negative impact on the environment, we believe that when operated responsibly, tourism to the Polar Regions can help to raise awareness of the issues facing our planet. Visitors come away with an enhanced sense of the value of the natural world and become more aware in everyday life of ways to help preserve this legacy.
Discover the World is committed to working with leading travel partners in the conservation of the delicate Polar Regions. We only work with IAATO or AECO accredited voyage operators.
IAATO is the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators
, a member organisation founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. IAATO's focus on protection, management and education promotes a greater worldwide understanding and protection of the Antarctic with the goal of leaving it as pristine and majestic for future generations as it is today. Discover the World is proud to support IAATO's commitment to protecting the region. For further information please see www.iaato.org
Discover the World is also proud to recommend the following polar charities:
Scott Polar Research Institute
Part of the University of Cambridge, SPRI was formed in 1920 as a memorial to Captain Scott and his colleagues and is now a well-known centre for polar research investigating environmental and social issues relating to the Arctic and Antarctic. The Friends of SPRI offer practical and financial support to the Institute. For further information or to find out how to become a Friend of SPRI please see www.spri.cam.ac.uk
Antarctic Heritage Trust
Preserving the heritage of human endeavour in the Antarctic is the purpose of this coalition between trusts in the UK and New Zealand. The principle aim of the UKAHT is to conserve Britain's history of exploration and scientific research in Antarctica and support the New Zealand trust in conservation of the historic huts in the Ross Sea region, including those used by Scott and Shackleton. The Trust also operates the historic base, post office and gift shop at Port Lockroy. For further information please see www.ukaht.org
South Georgia Heritage Trust
We are proud benefactors of the South Georgia Heritage Trust
, which works tirelessly to rid the islands of rats and other non native rodents. This hugely important project ensures the protection and survival of the fragile wildlife and ecosystems which have evolved there over many thousands of years. For further information please visit http://www.sght.org/.