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TOFTigers Bike4Tigers Challenge, is aimed at helping to fund the Village Wildlife Guardians programme combining fundraising with inspirational travel experiences. The event covers 180 kms biking along forest tracks and through rural villages in the vital wildlife corridor between Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves. Combined with visits to Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves staying in PUG eco-rated lodges with first class camping on a seven day trip, – each fundraising for the Guardians programme we fund.
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Economic responsibility

Advocacy and Trade Campaign with Government and Forest Departments, Travel Trade and Visitors
TOFTigers works with State and federal government agencies, particularly Forest and Tourism Departments, to raise awareness of the value of well run nature tourism following Global Sustainable Tourism Council standards and how to plan and integrate it into conservation efforts. Our business to business (B2B) supply chain campaign ‘Look before you book’ aims to influence travel trade and consumer behaviour, alongside publications like Sanctuary Asia.

TOFTigers’ training expertise spans Sustainable Tourism (taught by our GSTC recognised trainer) for policy makers, planners, lodge managers and travel trade; expert briefings on product development and green marketing; and field guide and driver training from beginners to advanced. Examples include training 600 park drivers in Madhya Pradesh; 40 of Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh’s best park guides with IIFM in Bhopal; and training in Global Tourism Sustainability standards for the entire senior Tiger Reserve and Tourism Development staff in Maharashtra.

Environmental responsibility

PUG KiteMark
Driving Sustainability at Source
TOFTigers operates a supply chain pressure campaign involving more than 240 travel trade members. A central strand is the PUG eco-rating certification for accommodation providers in wild spaces, a gold standard recognised by the UN-backed Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the first of its kind in South Asia. Already covering more than 70 places to stay in India and Nepal, TOFTigers aims to extend the PUG-mark’s reach across the continent to ensure a sustainable future not only for nature and local communities but also for all our futures.

Social responsibility

Wildlife Guardians Programme
TOFTigers is funding teams of Village Wildlife Guardians which are successfully contributing intelligence on wildlife, preventing poaching, avoiding human wildlife conflict and building cooperation between Forest Departments and local communities. Initiated in Ranthambhore by Tiger Watch and now run in Kanha in partnership with the Corbett Foundation and the Forest Departments, TOFTigers aims to expand this programme across a host of other landscapes.

Public Awareness Raising
TOFTigers initiates school trips with field conservation embedded in the itinerary to help inspire a future generation of conservationists. We also tap into our network of travel company members to promote awareness and support for conservation. Our 10th Anniversary event at the Royal Geographical Society in 2015 attended by over 330 people shone the light on a sustainable future for elephants, rhinos and tigers in the wild and how travellers can contribute more effectively.

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