To promote global conservation efforts, World Expeditions, an adventure travel and ecotourism company, has become a member of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF). The ACTF is an international nonprofit focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world.
“Adventure and outdoor organizations have an opportunity to come together as members of the ATCF to protect international travel destinations where we all love to explore, learn, and play,” says Soraya Shattuck, ATCF’s executive director, in a prepared statement. “Without the conservation of these unique environments, cultures, and communities, we risk losing the very experiences that we seek when we travel.”
Naturally, the adventure tourism industry is highly dependent on conserving the world’s resources; this is the driving force behind ATCF and World Expeditions’ mission.
“The adventure travel community has the power, the resources, and the responsibility to make an incredible impact on the world,” says outdoor industry pioneer Steve Barker, founder of Eagle Creek and ATCF board chair, in a prepared statement. “Through ATCF, companies around the globe unite their influence and passion to support organizations that protect, preserve, and improve destinations, resources, and Indigenous cultures so they’ll be around for years to come.”
Nathalie Gauthier, World Expeditions’ North American director, says sustainability has been a guiding principle in all the company’s endeavors since its establishment in 1975. “Given the escalating threats to pristine environments and the livelihoods of secluded communities, our commitment is stronger than ever to make a meaningful impact through our expanding programs.”
Main Image: Adventure traveler on a rope bridge, Credit: Adobe/Sondem