Slow Travel and Tourism by Janet Dickinson and Les Lumsdon

July 2010 240 pages 234 x 156mm ISBN 9781849711128

It is widely recognized that travel and tourism can have a high environmental impact and make a major contribution to climate change. It is therefore vital that ways to reduce these impacts are developed and implemented. “Slow travel” provides such a concept, drawing on ideas from the “slow food” movement with a concern for locality, ecology and quality of life.

The aim of this book is to define slow travel and to discuss how some underlining values are likely to pervade new forms of sustainable development. It also aims to provide insights into the travel experience; these are explored in several chapters which bring new knowledge about sustainable transport tourism from across the world. In order to do this the book explores the concept of slow travel and sets out its core ingredients, comparing it with related frameworks such as low-carbon tourism and sustainable tourism development. The authors explain slow travel as holiday travel where air and car transport is rejected in favour of more environmentally benign forms of overland transport, which generally take much longer and become incorporated as part of the holiday experience. The book critically examines the key trends in tourism transport and recent climate change debates, setting out the main issues facing tourism planners. It reviews the potential for new consumption patterns, as well as current business models that facilitate hyper-mobility. This provides a cutting edge critique of the 'upstream' drivers to unsustainable tourism. Finally, the authors illustrate their approach through a series of case studies from around the world, featuring travel by train, bus, cycling and walking. Examples are drawn from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Cases include the Eurostar train (as an alternative to air travel), walking in the Appalachian Trail (US), the Euro-Velo network of long-distance cycling routes, canoe tours on the Gudena River in Denmark, sea kayaking in British Columbia (Canada) and the Oz Bus Europe to Australia.

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Ri Gyancha – a biodiversity kit for educators in Ladakh

The cold desert landscape of Ladakh supports numerous plant and animal species that have adapted to the region in many different ways. Much of Ladakh's wildlife has survived until the present, offering a unique window to a special ecosystem. This fragile ecosystem is, however, threatened by increasing disturbance and degradation of the natural habitat.

'Ri Gyancha: A biodiversity resource kit for educators in Ladakh' has been developed by Kalpavriksh, Pune and Snow Leopard Conservancy-India Trust based in Leh, to address some of these issues through conservation education. The kit was released in July 2010 by Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh in Leh at a national conference organised by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) on seabuckthorn.

Ri Gyancha which means ”jewels of the mountain” has been developed as part of a conservation education programme in Ladakh, focusing on the conservation of wild biodiversity. The resource kit has evolved over four years of devloping and testing the education programme in schools in Leh and Kargil districts.

Ri Gyancha provides useful resource material for educators who wish to implement a locally relevant environmental education programmes. It contains a handbook with information on the following topics:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems of India
  • Wild animals of Ladakh
  • Wild plants of Ladakh
  • Threats to Ladakh's wild biodiversity
  • Conservation actions
The handbook has a large number of photographs and drawing, and detailed descriptions of 80 educational activities. The kit includes a set of ready-to-use posters, a board game, worksheet, puzzles and game cards.

Contributory amount is Rs 350/-

For copies contact:

Flat 5, Shree Dutta Krupa Apartments
908, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004
Ph: 020 25654239, 25675450

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