In-depth knowledge and a close working relationship with local and international conservation groups relevant to our destinations help us to underline our responsible attitude towards tourism.
Travel is one of life's ultimate experiences and it can bring tremendous good to the world. We believe Responsible Tourism is about finding the right balance between minimising our impact on the environment and yet not losing the ability to open minds through new experiences and interaction with cultures different from our own. Let us not also forget the economic value of tourism, especially to parts of the world which are in great need.
One way to take responsibility for our travel is to make each journey count to the full - fly less frequently, stay longer and do more. Of course words are cheap and have to be backed up by action and therefore we feel it is appropriate to put a proportion of the money we derive from selling you a holiday back into preserving our world.
Over the years Discover the World has raised significant sums of money for organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and the Born Free Foundation, doing our little bit to support causes that deal with some of the issues facing our planet. Recently we have also contributed to the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association (INCA).
Iceland Nature Conservation Association
Having operated the very first whale watching trips in Iceland some fourteen years ago, whaling is an issue we do not take lightly. In our campaign to end whaling in Iceland we support the Iceland Nature Conservation Association (INCA). Established in 1997, INCA is a conservation NGO, with the primary objective of conserving and protecting the wilderness of Iceland. In 2007, Árni Finnsson, chair of INCA’s board, was awarded the Animal Action Award, for their part in the conservation of whales. For further details on INCA's activity please visit www.inca.is
Discover the World is also proud to have donated significant funds to developing the Iceland Whale Museum in Husavik North Iceland (www.whalemuseum.is
). This organisation is also at the forefront of the fight against whaling. We would encourage all our clients to take at least one whale watching trip when visiting the country and visiting the Whale Museum in Husavik if you are in this area.
Funding Research into Global Warming
The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) at the University of Cambridge is home to unrivalled expertise in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Discover the World has helped to fund substantial aspects of the project Eurasian Arctic: Melting Ice in which SPRI’s researchers work to measure the impact of climate change. Glaciers and icecaps cover about 90,000 km2 of the Eurasian Arctic, which is particularly sensitive to climate change since it sits at the most northern extremity of the Gulf Stream. Small changes in this ocean current will have a particularly large effect on the environment of the Eurasian High Arctic and its ice cover.
'Their Future Today'
Supporting the rebuilding of lives in Sri Lanka following the devastating tsunami in December 2004, this charity was setup by Lynn Stannier, with whom Discover the World have worked for many years. It's personal vision has been to simply identify areas of need, then actively and directly spend funds raised to achieve maximum impact to individuals, and maintain longevity, consistency and sustainability in this support. They work transparently and cost effectively as a not for profit organisation. Find out more about www.theirfuturetoday.com
Conserving the Polar Regions
We are 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 and are Associate Members of IAATO - the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. This member organisation was 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.
We are also 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.