Green Festival Speakers

Richard Edwards


Edwards is the director of Planeterra (www.planeterra.org), the nonprofit organization started by G.A.P Adventures (www.gapadventures.com). Working in both the development and the online marketing arenas, he employs his experience in sustainability issues related to community development and tourism gained while living in Central America for the much of the past 25 years.

As a member of the G.A.P executive management team, Edwards helps manage the continued double digit growth of the largest independent adventure travel company in the world rates achieved even in the face of the current economic turmoil. The expansion is in no small part due to G.A.Ps longtime dedication to local community involvement and incorporation of triplebottomline strategies, years before these practices, and the related terminology, began to gain momentum.

In key management positions in small adventure companies over the years, each with an overarching commitment to sustainable environmental and socioeconomic issues, Edwards has been responsible for exponential increases in sales and online presence. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has recommended Edwards as the Costa Rica Top Travel Specialist for the past three years for his efforts in combining travelers' growing desire for a relaxed, yet meaningful vacation, with ways to limit their impact on the environment and local cultures and give back in a positive manner.