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A resort turning trash into fuel. An island racing to be free of fossil fuels by 2020. An innovative nature reserve protecting endemic species and indigenous ways. These are three of the initiatives recognized by the 2015 World Legacy Awards, created by National Geographic Traveler in partnership with ITB Berlin—the world’s largest travel gathering—to applaud and support a tourism revolution in the making. Sustainable tourism principles are redefining how we explore our planet and the impact we have in the process. Among those forging the way: the winners and finalists profiled in this gallery. —The Editors


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