The SUN Program

The SUN Program is an ambitious global initiative to help travel and tourism destinations develop through sustainable Green Growth. This website describes our vision, our approach and our progress in encouraging and enabling sustainable development worldwide. Learn more about the SUN Program here.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING STATIONS (EMS)

There are many EMS in the world now, as UN and national governments have committed to Climate Change principles and targets. 2015 is set to be a very significant year in this respect, as there will be 3 major Conferences held… July (Addis Ababa on Climate Change Financing), September (New York, on Sustainability and Development Goals) December (Paris, on Climate Change and Poverty Commitment).

Commitments will be made and actions will be defined. For this action to be monitored, will require more and more standardised EMS, in as many countries as possible.

 

There are already many EMS and there are well-developed monitoring tools and systems to check and record air, water, soil, weather, animals, insects, plants, pollution and carbon. The monitoring parameters are chemical, biological, radiological, and microbiological. Sampling methods are continuous, semi-continuous, grabbed, passive, remote-surveillance, remote sensing, bio-monitoring. There are different data interpretation methods and different environmental quality indices. Some of the tools and systems and indices are better known than others, but there is a lack of standard practice and standard results. ‘Statistics remain a tool that is easy to use or to misuse to demonstrate the lessons learnt from environmental monitoring.

 

At some point, there must be a common approach, and it seems likely that the significant Conferences in 2015 will give that momentum. The Strong Universities Network (SUN) are developing such a scheme for the design of worldwide Environmental Monitoring Stations (for the Travel and Tourism sectors) which will operate standard equipment and standard systems and using standard indices… all Stations being in constant internet contact and having access to all other monitoring stations’ results and surveys.

 

The buildings for this common approach could well be SunArks, which would be habitable Facilities, with their own power, with identical equipment and systems, and a communication ability based upon whitespace wifi.

For EMS buildings and for Eco-Tourism complexes, our designers are already researching ‘invisible building architecture’ based upon optical camouflage systems – in order to offer minimal landscape impact.