Written by Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board, this article looks at the annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda – Kwita Izina – and the opportunities that arise for conservation, sustainable tourism and the local community as a result.
On the surface, Noosa seems like any other seaside town, but there is so much more to this captivating region than sun, sea and sand. Conservation and sustainable tourism ideals are ingrained in the community and business life. Action groups ensure development is restricted, wildlife is cared for and management programmes are in place to help protect this wonderfully diverse environment. Added to that some seriously good places to eat and you can see why people keep coming back for more.
I was flooded with emotion as a New Zealander walking in the Fiordland National Park because of the birds. I have been walking in New Zealand forests my whole life, but I have never seen or heard such incredible birdlife as I did walking through the Clinton Valley in April.
Only an hour and ten minutes by car from Melbourne and covering a whopping 30 hectares of bushland, Healesville Sanctuary showcases more than 200 Australian species and offers visitors the opportunity to see animals unique to Australia.
Comprised of a group of dedicated storytellers who squeeze in six to nine films per hyper-focused trip, interviewing 10 to 14 people a day, the folks at the Green Living Project (GLP) seek to: “educate and inspire individuals and communities to live a more sustainable lifestyle through stories focused on unique and diverseexamples of sustainability from around the world.“
SEEtheWILD is a non-profit project that promotes conservation-based travel opportunities, which not only protect the environment, but work to improve it. Now they’ve released a new online magazine, WildHope, to continue to get the word out about these opportunities.
It’s the story of a great reuse project. Built on a decommissioned landfill site that was once a bluestone quarry, CERES (Centre for Education & Research into Environmental Strategies) is now an award-winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre and urban farm covering 4.5 hectares of Brunswick soil.
Even if you’re not that into big cats, this pic would warm the cockles of the hardest heart. We wrote in August last year about the dwindling tiger population in India, one of the last havens for the majestic animal, and the government’s plans to turn one of their last padding grounds into an ecotourism destination.
There are those who have ants in their pants no matter where in the world they are and suffer withdrawals without their usual fitness regime to keep them occupied. If you’re guilty of the latter, then maybe you should take a look at Green Gym – an alternative way of keeping fit in the great outdoors.