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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.

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 2019
Golf's changed attitude to sustainable tourism !

  • Sustainability Awards
  • Nature Protection
  • Jack's Point Golf, New Zealand
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Gardagolf Country Club, Italy
  • Community Value
  • Al Mouj Golf, Oman
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability
  • Vidago Palace, Portugal
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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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Zanskar Bridge Project

Initiated by Mountain Kingdoms MD, Steve Berry, this unique project is building a rare Zanskari bridge of interwoven twigs, helping to keep ancient Zanskari traditions and culture alive. Email steve@mountainkingdoms.com for further info.

  • Zanskar is a Tibetan Buddhist kingdom, just north of the main Himalayan range, in Ladakh, India.
  • Traditionally Ladakhi people depended on incredible woven twig bridges in order to cross the icy rivers.
  • 1st bridge has now been built
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Conservation Lower Zambezi

In 2009 we started a programme of regular donations to Conservation Lower Zambezi – an NGO which aims to reduce poaching and misuse of resources in Zambia's Lower Zambezi. These are ongoing, and to date have included:

  • 8 GPS devices for anti-poaching patrols.
  • 2 digital SLR cameras, for assisting CLZ's environmental education work.
  • An air-to-ground radio for use on anti-poaching patrols.
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Mamfabissa, South Africa

Mamfabissa is a small community in South Africa, not far from the famous Kruger Safari Park. In late 2012 we identified a group of serious vulnerable young children and have provided finding to help give them basic support and education.

  • It is early days but already the funds we have raised (around £2000) have started a programme of social care and education for a group of 75 children. It is a small part of a big problem but it is start and many thanks to our clients
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Morocco Schools

We are very proud to manage a programme to help Moroccan schools in the rural area south of Essaouira. In 2010 we became aware of a primary school that a lovely teacher and children but also holes in the roof and no toilet facilities.

  • We set up funding and managing a repair programme and September 2012 the school re-opened. We have now started on our second school. Thanks for all our clients for make this possible.
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