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Members Practising Sustainable Tourism

Members Practising Sustainable Tourism
You can view each members' sustainable tourism projects under their own company listing. Here is an overview of some of the fantastic work going on in the UK and abroad by our members.

Chitral School Scholarship - Pakistan

What we believe is the only grant of its type in this region of northern Pakistan, our £500 annual scholarship fund offers five students a year the opportunity to move onto higher education.

  • The scholarship programme was established in 2012
  • Five students a year have been awarded a scholarship
  • Both boys and girls awarded scholarships
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e-Learning Centres - Ethiopia

We are working with our partners at Camara to create new e-learning centres at schools in Ethiopia. With £2500 initial funding from the foundation, Camara installed 25 recycled computers Aba’ala Secondary School, in the remote Afar region.

  • £2500 initial funding from the foundation allowed:
  • 25 recycled computers installed
  • Educational software loaded
  • Teachers trained
  • We are now working on a second e-learning centre in Addis Ababa.
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John Muir Trust

We are proud to be members of the John Muir Trust., the leading wild land conservation organisation in the UK, dedicated to protecting wild places. We support the Trust in its belief that wild places are essential for people and wildlife.

  • Safeguard iconic wild lands such as Ben Nevis, Sandwood Bay and the Red Cuillin
  • Support campaigns against inappropriate developments in wild places
  • Reinforce John Muir’s message that we need wild places for nature and people.
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Lemoenland Pre-School

Cedarberg set up a small rural pre-school in South Africa in 2001. We know how important a good early education can be, especially for children from poor or previously disadvantaged backgrounds, so that they are not already behind at age 7.

  • 2 classrooms with 2 properly qualified teachers and a teacher’s assistant.
  • Every year there are about 50+ children.
  • We follow the set pre-school curriculum
  • Regular funding drives to get extra money for school outings
  • New - breakfast!
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Kalaw Elephant Project - Myanmar (Burma)

Our local team is working together with two young tourism professionals originating from Kalaw. They decided to set up a project there that is focused on protecting nature, elephants and the traditions of local people.

  • The project includes creating a natural environment for Myanmar elephants and helping the local population to use education and micro finance to emerge from poverty.
  • It is not encouraged to ride the elephants.
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Karanambu Trust - Guyana

In Guyana, we stay at Karanambu Ranch home of Diane McTurk, well known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned Giant River Otters to the wild.

  • Diane has started the Karanambu Trust in an attempt to create a private protected area at Karanambu. The primary purpose of the protected area will be the protection of the habitat for the otters and ensuring their survival.
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The Lone Buffalo Foundation - Laos

This is a special project in Laos offering young people free English courses, taught by a native speaker.

  • Meeting foreigners (with different accents!) to practice English is a special event for students and helps to overcome their shyness of speaking in public. LBF encourages their students to continue to study for careers.
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Golf Tourism Sustainability

IAGTO Sustainability Awards 2017
Golf's changed attitude to sustainable tourism !

South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island has been named as the first-ever Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year in the 2017 IAGTO Sustainability Awards.

  • Nature Protection
  • Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort, Kenya
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Pebble Beach Resorts, USA
  • Community Value
  • Laguna Golf Phuket, Thailand
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Golf
  • Machrihanish Dunes, Scotland
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Wind Power

Sailing is inherently sustainable. Using wind to travel from island to island is the most environmentally friendly way to travel around the Greek Islands. There is no noise pollution or engine emissions whilst sailing!

  • Customers are encouraged to use the wind wherever possible
  • This limits diesel emissions & noise pollution
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The Ionian Dolphin Project

We work with the Ionian Dolphin Project. Our clients are actively encouraged to get in touch with the project when they spot a dolphin or school of dolphins!

  • The crew on our flotillas carry information for clients
  • Customers learn to identify the different species of dolphins
  • Sightings are mentioned on social media
  • We actively promote customers reporting their sightings
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