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Sustainable (volun)tourism 

Sustainable tourism is a form of tourism where serious consideration is given to the protection of nature, local culture and human rights. There are many forms of sustainable tourism where the emphasis is on nature conservation, in respecting local cultures and human rights. The TIES (The International Ecotourism Society) defines "a responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education"

Heart4Ghana's activities will focus primarily on preserving local cultures and protecting human rights. In organizing sustainable (volun)tourism, we think its important to keep all activities on a small scale. In addition, we find it extremely important that knowledge is shared on the basis of equality and not unilaterally imposed. We think it's logical to use the knowledge and skills of the local community so that they can inspire our travelers for life!

Criteria for sustainable (volun)tourism 

Heart4Ghana applies the following criteria for responsible and sustainable tourism:

• Contributing to the local economy and prosperity; stimulating local entrepreneurship in (volun)tourist activities;

• Contributing to good employment practices; fair salaries, no distinction in religion and / or gender;

• Involving local communities and other local stakeholders in decision-making and management of (volun)tourism activities in their area;

• Avoiding exploitation; protect the quality of life of local communities;

• Respecting the cultural identity, traditions and cultural history of the local communities; by using local accommodation for visitors such as host families or local housing; respect for local dressings; respect for local standards and values;

• Respecting biological wealth, flora, fauna and their habitats;

• Minimizing the pollution of water and soil; through careful waste separation and economical handling of scarcity of natural resources such as water and wood;

• Small scaling; no more than 2 volunteers per project or village; excursions have a maximum of 6 participants; group tours have no more then 10 participants.