TLC Harmony RESET Tourism Sustainably – Agenda & Speakers 25th May 2021- 8.30am UK time

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Living African Forest Elephants are worth $1.75 US dollars, by contributing to Natural Carbon Capture and fighting Climate Change…. says International Monetary Fund

“1.1 million Forest Elephants once roamed the central African rainforests, but deforestation and poaching have diminished their population to less than one-tenth their former number. They likely face extinction unless action is taken.”

“Although there is virtually no ecotourism in the central African rainforests, for both geographic and political reasons, African forest elephants contribute something of tremendous social and market value. As it turns out, these elephants fight climate change by contributing significantly to natural carbon capture.”

The increase in carbon storage caused by forest elephant activity is huge. If we then take the total value of the service provided by African forest elephants and divide it by their current population, we find that each elephant is responsible for service worth more than $1.75 million. Comparatively, the ivory of an elephant killed by poachers fetches only about $40,000, so it is clear that the benefits from a healthy and thriving elephant community are substantial.

How African Elephants Fight Climate Change – IMF F&D

The analysis above looks mostly at Carbon Capture, but if we add the full range of natural and biodiversity impacts these Forest Elephants are worth even more than the $1.75 million figure stated in their research.

Nature is worth more protected and restored, and we should pay to do so.

We at TLC are working to ensure customers and guests know what our biodiversity, climate and culture are worth, and put it on the bill, so that:

“If you use it you pay for it “.

“Plus a tiny bit more to help Restore”

We welcome Zen Resort Bali to RESET Tourism Sustainably

Mahendra Shah, 1st President Director at Zen Resort Bali, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Business Consultant, University of Cambridge, Zen Resort Bali reports that:

Human Holistic Wellbeing, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is the pathway to sustainable development in Harmony with Nature. 

The World has been and continues to be driven by Economics.  Time to embrace the fact that human wellbeing in all aspects including Nutritionally Balanced food consumption, Health Care and recreation including Tourism and Travel will no doubt largest economic sector in the Global economy.

Select the wellbeing sustainability pathway, and start the Walk, One Step at a Time to the Destination, a secured future for all inhabitants of Planet Earth.”

Mahendra Shah, 1st President Director at Zen Resort Bali, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Business Consultant, University of Cambridge, Zen Resort Bali

You can hear more from Mahendra Shah, the 1st President of Bali Zen Resort on the 25th May 2021, (starts 9am GMT), Register to get the details and agenda when they are released

Bhutan the worlds only Carbon Neutral Nation will be joining TLC at RESET Tourism Sustainably


It s a real pleasure to confirm that Bhutan, the only Carbon Neutral Nation in the world, is joining TLC on the 25th May 2021 for the RESET Tourism Sustainably summit. We look forward to exploring how tourism worldwide can learn from their example

Make sure you register your interest early

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism – TLC supports the measure and implementation of the UN Tourism Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Tourism should:

  1. Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
  2. Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
  3. Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.

The TLC assessment of biodiversity, people and climate supports the UN SDG’s and aligns with the UNWTO Sustainable Development aims. We do this by identifying the value of tourism assets across people, biodiversity and ecosystems, locally and nationally. Then identifying how visitors and guests can directly contribute to the protection, restoration and preservation of ecosystems; positive social impact, culture and heritage.

Our True Value approach differs from Carbon Offset, because we go beyond Carbon to assess the full range of greenhouse gases, and we account for the cost to ecosystems, and ringfence for nature that which is coming from and impacting nature. So biodiversity loss or impacts should be funded towards biodiversity restoration and protection either locally or globally.


Sustainability is such an important outcome of Covid , I am , therefore, ready to support TLC , as they strive to support a sustainability position of tourism development in leaping forward to protect our environment, our societies and our economies and thus sustaining life on earth. Taleb Rifai, Former Secretary General UNWTO


” Tourism is a genuine driver of solidarity and development. Let us all fully harness its power to bring people and communities together” Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General,

Indigenous peoples worldwide protect and sustain 80% of the world’s biodiversity,

Constituting only 5 percent of the world population, indigenous peoples nevertheless are vital stewards of the environment. Traditional indigenous territories encompass 22 percent of the world’s land surface, but 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity.

“Small farmers and Indigenous people are more cautious with the use of land. For Indigenous caretakers, land use isn’t premised on a return of investments; it’s about maintaining the land for the next generation, meeting the needs of the present, and a respect for the diversity of life.” Guardian

FAO – News Article: 6 ways indigenous peoples are helping the world achieve #ZeroHunger

Pulling together Data on Environmental Harms by Tourism, Hospitality and Destination Development

On this post I’m going to pull together some of what I think is the most salient data on harms related to tourism, hospitality (which includes food and drink) and the destination built environment.

It will grow over time, bear with me if its a bit disjointed at first while I’m growing it.


Aviation contributes 2.5% of Green House Gases

A small minority of frequent flyers dominate air travel in almost all countries with high aviation emissions, analysis suggests. In the US, just 12% of people take two-thirds of flights Possible (

– In the UK, 70% of flights are made by a wealthy 15% of the population
– In the US, just 12% of people take two-thirds of flights.
– Canada: 22% of the population takes 73% of flights
– The Netherlands: 8% of people takes 42% of flights.
– China: 5% of households takes 40% of flights
– India: 1% of households takes 45% of flights.
– Indonesia: 3% of households takes 56% of flights

“While the poorest communities are already suffering the impacts of a warming climate, the benefits of high-carbon lifestyles are enjoyed only by the few. A lot of people travel. But only the privileged few fly often.”

Tourism provides 10% of World GDP (UNEP)

Tourism contributes 8% of Climate Gases (Nature)

“Tourism has been described as the world’s largest transfer of resources from rich to poor, dwarfing international aid,” BBC
“the largest voluntary transfer of cash from the rich to the poor, the ‘haves’ to ‘have nots’, in history”. Even if one allows for considerable “leakage” Guardian newspaper

Meat and Dairy – Total emissions from global livestock: represent 14.5% of anthropogenic (human activity) GHG emissions (UN FAO)

Cattle (raised for both beef and milk, as well as for inedible outputs like manure and draft power) are the animal species responsible for the most emissions, representing about 65% of the livestock sector’s emissions. About 44 percent of livestock emissions are in the form of methane (CH4). The remaining part is almost equally shared between Nitrous Oxide (N2O, 29 percent) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2, 27 percent). (UN FAO)

Food and Agriculture

Agriculture and Food systems produce 34% of Green House Gas emissions (Nature Food)

Of which within that 34%:

  • 29% of that is related to packaging, transport, selling and disposing of food
  • 32% from land use change to agriculture by deforestation, and removal of peatlands or wetlands
  • 71% through rearing or growing

Affluence & Wealth

The world’s wealthiest 1% produce double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%, according to the UN.

The wealthiest 10% of people were responsible for almost half of the rise in CO2 emissions between 1990 and 2015 ( Confronting Carbon Inequality: (

Indigenous People

Indigenous peoples worldwide protect and sustain 80% of the world’s biodiversity, Constituting only 5 percent of the world population, indigenous peoples nevertheless are vital stewards of the environment. Traditional indigenous territories encompass 22 percent of the world’s land surface, but 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. UN FAO

Sustainability for Prosperity – an Economic Rationale for Investing in Sustainability in Hotels, Resorts and Destinations

When we in TLC Harmony were looking for economic incentives and rationale for promoting Sustainability in tourism and destination development. We were struck by the lack of readily accessible evidence to persuade investors why they should invest, build, and operate sustainable hotels and resorts.

Given this lack of a clear evidence based argument, we decided to trawl, with the help of academic colleagues, some of the research out there and put it together in a little briefing for ourselves and colleagues.

What was interesting was that other industries like, food and beverage; car producers, and even fashion, were way ahead of the curve and getting a clear economic base for change established. Seriously, a 200% price premium for organic carrots!!!!!. I know its true, because my 83 year old Mum loves organic food, despite the price hike, and thinks it’s a deserved self indulgence.

There is some good and persuasive evidence out there, that says its good for the business bottom line to go sustainable. It attracts customers, creates loyalty, is brilliant marketing and, ahem don’t let anyone else know, it is linked to higher prices that customers, particularly affluent ones, are happy to pay and expect to pay.

I’d going to quote a little bit from CEO of Bentley Cars: Being green is “spurring the world’s millionaires and billionaires to make luxury purchases, based on a system of values such as reduced carbon footprints and sustainability”. “There is a new dimension in the purchase decision – the ethical value,” “this – is manifesting so strongly among the world’s top 1 per cent that it is influencing Bentley’s product planning for the next two decades.

Seriously people if you have a premier and high quality destination that you are building, adapting or managing. You need to ensure its sustainable from design, to build, to operation; otherwise those High Value guests you’re after, are going to stay away, well they might stay, but they will be rather embarrassed to acknowledgement to their friends that they couldn’t afford the sustainable option……

Catch us at the TLC RESET Tourism event on the 25th May, to discuss and hear more

Feel free to download and use the brief. The links are below: