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http://www.legitify.com - Legitify
Legitify provides progressive Internet marketing services and original digital content to companies of all shapes, sizes and flavors. Although they specialize in websites and digital content, they also design print materials and products, write copy, provide photography, video production, and custom illustration to our clients. Legitify offers a complete marketing solution with the efficiency of a small, adaptable company and the high operating standards of a larger firm.
http://www.islandpress.com - Island Press
Island Press communicates ideas essential to solving local and global environmental problems through publishing, marketing, and disseminating books, conducting educational outreach campaigns, convening leading thinkers and activists, and utilizing new digital technology.
http://www.iscvt.org - The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)
The Institute for Sustainable Communities is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps communities in existing and emerging democracies solve problems while building a better future for themselves and the world.

http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/tourism.htm - United States Department of Agriculture resource site for tourism
The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and, citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.   The RIC Website contains over 3,000 links to current and reliable information on a wide variety of rural resources .   The site highlights rural and agrotourism but also includes some nature-based and ecotourism.

www.chfinternational.org - CHF International's mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.  CHF International is:

  • Creating jobs that generate income and build the local economy
  • Strengthening businesses through loans, job training and the development of business associations
  • Improving living conditions through housing loans and the repair or construction of schools, roads, clinics, sanitation systems, wells, and other public infrastructure
  • Increasing access to education and medical services

www.ecotourism.org - TIES promotes responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people by:

  • creating an international network of individuals, institutions and the tourism industry
  • educating tourists and tourism professionals
  • influencing the tourism industry, public institutions and donors to integrate the principles of ecotourism into their operations and policies

www.natour.us - Natour Communications is a full service tourism planning and communications firm serving nature-based tourism organizations.   Natour associates work at the community, regional and national levels in developing strategies for successfully marketing and promoting natural destinations.

www.iied.org - International institute For Environment and Development - IIED
IIED is an independent, non-profit organization promoting sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination. We work to address global issues, for example; mining, the paper industry and food systems.

http://www.ruralbelarus.by/eng - Rural and Eco Tourism Association of Belarus
Although Belarus is the only country in Europe which does not have either access to sea or mountains, it does however have 20,000 rivers and 10,000 lakes. In addition 36% of its territory is covered by forests and 7% by national parks.  Belarusians are known for their hospitality and a multitude of village have remained virtually unchanged since the 19th century.



The Institute For Integrated Rural Tourism Todd Comen, Managing Director (802) 635-1209