Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Ecology Question 2

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Question

Does the brand (company) inform consumers specifically per destination which souvenirs are forbidden because those souvenirs are made of endangered animal and plant species?

Dutch version: Geeft het merk (bedrijf) consumenten concrete, specifieke informatie over 'verboden' souvenirs die zijn gemaakt van bedreigde plant- en diersoorten?

German version: Informiert der Reiseanbieter seine Kunden explizit darüber, dass bestimmte reisezielspezifische Souvenirs verboten sind, etwa weil sie aus bedrohten Tier- oder Pflanzenarten hergestellt werden?

References and Guidelines

This question is related to CITES-agreement and the Red List of IUCN. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. The convention aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.

Despite all this, tourism still has negative effects on threatened species when souvenirs and artefacts made out of endangered species like coral are still sold on tourist markets. Travel companies should at least provide its customers with specific information on the souvenirs and artefacts. This Dutch WWF pamphlet or this International leaflet about souvenirs made from endangered plants and animals is an example of adequate specific information. If the company's website only links to WWF's homepage, it is not considered specific enough.

Also, the International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW provides a list with specific information about endangered plants and animals per continent, see this link. If the company's website only links to IFAW homepage, it is not considered specific enough.

Ranking guidelines

Yes:

  • [Brand] provides a direct hyperlink to IFAW list of forbidden souvenirs / WWF list of forbidden souvenirs / CITES-agreement / Red List of IUCN (see ...).

No:

  • [Brand] mentions not to buy forbidden souvenirs, but does not mention the CITES-agreement, WWF, IFAW or the Red List of IUCN.
  • [Brand] mentions not to buy forbidden souvenirs, but does not mention the CITES-Agreement or the Red List of IUCN. [Brand] only provides a link to the homepage of ..., which is not specific enough.

?:

  • [Brand] does not communicate a list of forbidden souvenirs on its website.