Can coral reef restoration save one of the most vulnerable ecosystems to climate change?

The report suggests coral reef restoration strategies follow four critical principles: 1) planning and assessing around specific goals and objectives, 2) identifying adaptive strategies to mitigate risks, 3) engaging local stakeholders and communities in all stages of the restoration efforts, and 4) developing long-term monitoring plans to allow for adaptive management and to improve the understanding of restoration effectiveness for specific goals.

Can coral reef restoration save one of the most vulnerable ecosystems to climate change? (unep.org)

Eco Resort Network – TLC Harmony Sustainable Tourism

The Harmony Golden Ratio is Launched – Eco Resort Network

Oh yes, and I wanted to say what a great time we had with the visitors and guests at the Eco Hotel Investment Summit this January. I know its long gone already, but the discussion really helped us hone our position, and realise that we have got to simplify the implementation so that any business can just pick it up and do it.

UK Treasury – The Economics of Biodiversity

TLC believes measuring and assessing Natural Capital is an essential step in the valuation of local tourism assets, and a means to set the True Price of the biodiversity heritage of new and existing destinations that should be reflected in every visitors ticket.

From the doc attached – “Introducing natural capital into national accounting systems would be a critical step towards making inclusive wealth our measure of progress. Frameworks for natural capital accounting and assessment exist and are at different stages of development, and while significant problems of design and measurement remain, this should not deter governments and businesses from supporting and embracing them. Increased investment in physical accounts and valuation would improve the quality of natural capital accounts.

Final Report – The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Beyond CO2! Methane the potent greenhouse gas.

If we want an honest debate about climate change then we can’t ignore methane, produced from agriculture, particularly livestock, bio-degrading of our waste, and of course leaking out from the extraction of fossil fuels.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the second biggest contributor to human-caused global warming after CO2. Per unit of mass, methane is 84-86 times stronger than CO2 over 20 years and 28-34 times as powerful over 100 years.

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Harmony Quality Mark in Sustainability

The Harmony Quality mark in Sustainability was delivered to the Harmony Institute, University of Wales Trinity Saint David in October 2020, following a TLC 6 months review of Harmony approaches and how the principles of Harmony could be implemented in a real world setting or industry, in this case Tourism.
After review by David Cadman from the Harmony Leadership, it was forwarded by him to the Sustainable Markets Initiative (led by HRH Prince Charles), where the response was very engaging and positive, “The work you have done to incorporate the Harmony principles is incredible”, “HRH is very eager to explore” “meaningful collaboration”. It has since been adapted for tourism generally and the Built Environment. And particular elements within the paper have formed the basis that others have developed and implement in their own approach. We are proud that it has already acted as an inspiration to those in leadership positions within the environmental movement.

UN Environmental Programme – Making Peace with Nature

So how much information do you need to says let’s do this a different way. Clarity and Simplicity are essential to let consumers know that your sustainability approach is good for the climate, biodiversity and cultural heritage. A forty eight point plan for reductions of energy, water and waste is great, but keep that to the due process, who needs a sustainability degree if all you want to do is book a hotel room.

What is the outcome? Can you put a price on it? Can you ask the consumer to contribute and offset against the harm they are doing.

Well we can…

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One Planet Fund for People Planet and Nature

Delivered by TLC on the 3rd of November 2020 to leaders in the environmental movement. We proposed a global fund for nature. and were delighted to see the concept adopted in February 2021 with a £7.5 billion target.

The additional component of localised fund was not adopted but we recognise that sometimes institutions focus on their own message and ambitions.

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The TLC team have separated out three core functionality elements to support sustainability delivery:

Audit & Accredit – Total Harm Assessment through Natural, and Human & Social Capital financial evaluation; leading to Harmony level of accreditation;

Offset Fund (Global and Local) – A fund derived from Offset for People, Planet & Place, and;

Action and Improvement – (Funded from Offset) – Sustainable practice and education, for Restoration and Protection of People, Planet & Place.

Towards True Value

Tourism, resorts and destinations need to stop subsidising their price by eroding the natural environment and the cultural and heritage sites we visit. But the principle responsibility is with the customer and visitor. Cheap ticket comes at a cost to the natural environment and the local communities. Lets move towards the paying the correct price and True Value of the things we really care for.

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