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A home equity release mortgage enables you to unlock the value of your greatest asset – your home – to give you either a tax free lump sum or a monthly income guaranteed for life. The TIES Board of Directors held its Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC from May 14 through May 15. This year, for the first time, the Board meeting was open to any TIES member who wished to attend. In addition, on the evening of May 15, the TIES Board of Directors hosted, together with the Costa Rican Mission, a dinner and auction extravaganza at the exquisite headquarters of the Organization of American States.

The silent and live auctions included a score of fabulous vacation trips, as well as other donated items. The evening featured fine food, live music, and great entertainment. See page 10 for more details. At its December 2003 semi-annual meeting, held in Barcelona, Spain, the TIES Board of Directors discussed the organization’s current participation, along with the Rainforest Alliance, United Nations Environment Program, and others, in two major certification projects.   View source : Valuations NSW

Recognizing that certification has its strong detractors as well as supporters, the Board reviewed and discussed the organization’s mission to determine if certification falls within its mandate. The Board concluded that both the organization’s bylaws and mission statement, as well as its past activities, support continued involvement in certification projects.

The Board agreed to issue the following statement endorsing the staff’s decision to undertake certification as one of its program areas. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is the oldest and largest ecotourism organization and is the premier resource for ecotourism expertise, news, training, and research. Our mission is to unite conservation, communities, and sustainable travel worldwide in support of both conservation and development objectives by: The TIES’ By-laws state further that the Society’s “aim is to advance knowledge in the field and improve the management of tourism near natural areas.