Monday, 26 November 2012

Recession-proof climate tourism: Hundreds of NGOs take high carbon flights to Doha

Doha COP18 guide: "Immerse yourself in Arab culture at Souq Waqif, a traditional market. Wander through the labyrinth of traditional Qatari architecture, where stalls sell everything from exotic spices and perfume, to fabrics and household goods. Visitors can barter over the local handicrafts, see the falcons for sale or relax with a shisha pipe and some Middle Eastern delicacies." (image by wikipedia)

The annual highlight of the climate tourism season - The UN COP climate jamboree - is due to begin today in Doha. While tourism in general is suffering from the global economic slowdown, climate tourism is recession-proof: Over 1400 NGOs are entitled to attend the Doha conference as "observers".

Below is a selection of the lucky ones, who will have a chance to "search for bargains along the alleys and stalls of Souq Waqif, wander among one of the world’s most extensive collections of Islamic art in the I. M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art or take the family for a stroll along the scenic Corniche or beaches and shops of Katara."  

Association of Former Diplomats of China, Peking
Mr. Changjiu Wang

Association of German Teachers in Geography (VDSG)

Mr. Frank-Michael Czapek

Australian Koala Foundation (AKF)

Ms. Deborah Tabart

British Council
Mr. Christopher Howard Palmer

California College of the Arts (CCA)

Mr. David Meckel 

Earth Child Institute, New York
Ms. Donna Goodman

Edison Electric Institute, Washington
Mr. Eric Holdsworth

Employers' Association of Greenland
Ms. Ellen Lerch Hoj Arnskjold

Evangelist Professional Training School,   Berlin

Faith Association of the Rehabilitation of Street Children and Orphans (FARSO), Ghana

Mr. David Edusah

Gaia Association (GAIA), Ghana

Mr. Milkyas Debebe Mogessie

Global Footprint Network, Oakland
Ms. Rachel Hodara

Global Peace Initiative of Women, New York
Ms. Marianne Marstrand

Huairou Commission Women Homes and Community, Brooklyn
Ms. Suranjana Gupta

League of American Wheelmen, Washington

Mr. Andrew Clarke 

League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS), Washington

Ms. Patty Day

Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC), Los Angeles

Mr. Eric Mann 

Lincoln Theological Institute, Manchester, UK
Mr. Stefan Skrimshire

Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.. Maryknoll

Ms. Ann Braudis

Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder

Mr. Kim Jerome Gottschalk

Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake, United States

Ms. Maria Leonardi

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Oslo

Ms. Michelle Yonetani

Peace Child International (PCI), Bunting, United Kingdom

Mr. David Rupert Woollcombe

Peace Parks Foundation, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Ms. Annelle Scott

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Luisville

Mr. William Somplatsky-Jarman

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), Burlington, United States

Ms. Ruah Swennerfelt 

Railway Association of Canada, Ottawa

Mr. Nicholas George Vincent

Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois
Ms. Christine Sanders

San Francisco Carbon Collaborative
Ms. Tiffany Potter

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, Washington

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations,  (YMCA)

Mr. Romulo Dantas

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)

Mr. Ricardo Costa

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

Ms. Harriet Christine Thew

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums * (WAZA)

Mr. Gerald Dick

Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria * (YCW Nigeria)

Mr. Yinka Oladapo
Asokoro - Abuja

Bon voyage! 

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