Each year our annual meeting informs part of our working plan, and this year was no exception. In Se...
The Long Run is a community of like-minded, innovative people committed to leveraging the power of their business for the health of the planet and the well-being of people. GER® and Fellow Members of The Long Run own, directly manage or significantly influence the management of a natural area of conservation value whilst Affiliate Members represent individuals or organisations who ethos is aligned with The Long Run’s vision and mission.
Global Ecosphere Retreats® represent the highest level of membership in The Long Run community. Each nature-based tourism business has met the GER® recognition requirement in all areas of the 4Cs and is a centre of excellence in sustainable business practices.
Travel Partners are tour operators, agents, travel designers and any business selling travel that actively aligns itself with The Long Run’s community and commitment to the 4Cs — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.
Cottars joined The Long Run because it was an organisation focused on securing land for the conservation of natural biodiversity. However, it has also allowed Cottars to distinguish itself from its competitors and to be a first choice for environmentally aware travel agents and clients.
- Calvin CottarOwner, Cottar’s Camp, Kenya
GER® members of The Long Run are centres of excellence in sustainability. Each GER® member has undergone all the necessary steps of the rigorous GER® recognition process. Being a GER® demonstrates their commitment as a leader in sustainable tourism and the extensive positive impacts their business has on biodiversity and the well being of people through pursuing the holistic balance in Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (4Cs).
Fellow Members are travel destinations and lodges that own, manage or significantly influence areas of biodiversity. They are committed to a continuous journey of improvement towards excellence in sustainability and the 4Cs — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Fellow Members receive onsite visits from The Long Run’s team of experts to brainstorm challenges and develop action plans. They also receive continuous remote support individually, and as part of our regular 4C Calls. Each member works towards the prestigious and GSTC-recognised Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER®) standard and becomes a center of excellence.
Affiliate Members are highly regarded, expert non-profits, academics, institutions and media platforms that align closely with our ethos and help The Long Run to collaborate, inspire and promote its mission. They are ambassadors of The Long Run and the 4Cs approach and provide vital in-kind support to assist our vision and mission. Affiliate members tend to be invited to join The Long Run.
Travel Partners are tour operators, agents, travel designers and any business selling travel that actively aligns itself with The Long Run’s community and commitment to the 4Cs — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Travel partners gain access to our experts, members, events and network, and can tap into a menu of ‘pay as you go’ services for those wanting further dedicated technical and strategic support. In return, partners support and promote the work of The Long Run and Fellow and GER® Members.
BE INSPIRED by some amazing stories from our members, supporters and friends around the globe. Get INSIGHT into the people and places that put The Long Run philosophy into practice and who are dedicated to achieving sustainability through the balance of the 4Cs.
The Long Run believes that responsible travel is underpinned by a longing to explore, understand, co...