In 2016, the ATTA partnered with other leaders from the adventure travel industry to start the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), a nonprofit that provides funding, connections and an international spotlight on projects that protect the cultural and natural resources which underpin the adventure tourism industry. Thanks to the Adventure Leaders, 100% of membership dues go toward funding projects.

The ATTA recognizes that the adventure tourism industry is highly dependent on the conservation of the world’s natural resources, and the socioeconomic stability of local communities. Although there are several nonprofits around the world that address some of these challenges, there is no single international nonprofit for the travel trade that exists to provide funding for the conservation of these natural and cultural resources.

“The adventure travel community has already shown how it can collaborate and make positive change in the world. I’m thrilled this new fund is taking our collective power to the next level — to have an organization for all of us that can be a powerful platform for conserving and protecting the best places on the planet in collaboration with the locals who live there.”
— Shannon Stowell, ATTA President

Please visit the ATCF website to learn more about the non-profit, how to join, recent grant winners, and more.

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The mission of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) is to: Directly fund local projects engaged in the conservation of unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations.

2017 Grant Winners

Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation

Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Year: 2017
Project: This project protects the unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations by working to conserve orangutans and one of their last primary rainforest refuges, through environmental education and providing sustainable livelihood options to local communities as a method to deter or change livelihoods from participating in environmentally destructive activities.

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Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Year: 2017
Project: Support the conservation of coral reefs in 687,767 acres of six protected areas in the Mexican Pacific by improving coral reef monitoring, strengthen visitation management, and advancing coral reef legal protection.

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Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust

Grant Amount: $16,500
Grant Year: 2017
Project: The project will provide a permanent settlement to the Gahinga community of Batwa pygmies, a group of about 90 adults and children, who were displaced from their homeland in Mgahinga 25 years ago and who have been landless squatters since then. Their ancestral land was gazetted as a national park to promote mountain gorilla conservation.

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