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The first National Park in the world was declared in 1872 by U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant. It was rightly seen as a massive milestone in the preservation of natural heritage. Not so well known is the fact that nine years before that, in a remote corner of Australia, the Governor of Tasmania signed an act to establish 'reserves for scenic purposes'. Tasmania got there first. By Jeremy Torr.
Three Environmental Management post-graduate students at NUS went on an exploratory mission to Antarctica led by Sir Robert Swan. One of the explorers and Gaia Discovery writer, Prerna Shah, shares their unique experiences on this life-altering journey to the southernmost continent.
Creating an authentic experience in remote villages has its challenges. Prerna Shah reports on Village Ways’ journey in building a new eco-tourism venture with demonstrable social outcomes.
India, a multiple-interest, all-season destination presents a range of opportunities for Sustainable Tourism to take root, more so in a land where harmonious human-nature relations have been a cornerstone of indigenous customs and folklore. By Prerna Shah
Immerse yourself in the highland’s natural beauty, biodiversity, heritage and culture... and learning something about the forest ecology too. Mallika Naguran explores Cameron Highlands to give you travel tips.
If you were told exactly where the true pioneers of sustainable hydroelectric power first worked their engineering magic, you might be surprised. By Jeremy Torr.
This year in its finale event, Wild Asia showcased ten former Responsible Tourism Award Winners and Finalists in an effort to share their replicable best practices. By Prerna Shah.
A regular contributor to Gaia Discovery, Simon Pridmore presents a stimulating account of the inorganic waste problem in Bali and how a small group of dedicated individuals are making a huge difference by not only raising awareness about the issue but also providing simple, innovative and attractive solutions.
Majority of shoppers do not mind paying up to 10 cents per shopping bag according to a survey conducted to tackle free plastic bag issue in Singapore. Prerna Shah reports.
Do we do justice to nature and to inquiring children in confining education to the classroom? Is it ethical to disrupt ancient forests, wildlife and their habitats with treks and tours for intellectual pursuits? Kayti Denham asks herself some hard questions as she takes her students into the heart of Leuser Ecosystem, Indonesia.
Here's an incubator that you can approach if you would like to work with others to find solutions to social and environmental problems. Get in touch with World Vision International's first Asia Public-Private Partnerships Hub (Asia P3 Hub). By Mallika Naguran
As early as the 1970s, singer-songwriter Shane Howard championed the rights of Australia’s indigenous people and their country, and made a huge hit with the song Solid Rock. In an exclusive interview with Gaia Discovery, Howard discusses climate change and others with Mallika Naguran.
Hitesh S. Mehta, the president of HM Design, is a pioneer in the field of authentic ecotourism and a well sought-after ecotourism landscape architect, environmental planner and architect. Here, Mehta speaks to Mallika Naguran, the founder of Gaia Discovery, of his views on how ecotourism is likely to shape Asia in the years to come and about his next book - the second volume of Authentic Ecolodges.
Joanne Reed - owner and managing director of PicknBin LLC - shares her motivation behind the design and marketing of a unique eco-friendly product: PicknBin Clean-up Kit that encases biodegradable bags and wet wipes in an easy-to-carry wallet for carrying trash and treasures alike. Mallika Naguran reports.
What exactly is sustainability? Author and scientist Haydn Washington asks if it has become such an overused word so as to become meaningless, rather than a key concept of the age.
Tourism can drive positive change – to bring deeper understanding between different cultures, provide economic benefits to local and disadvantaged communities. Deepa Krishnan, Founder of Magic Tours, relates how her business has brought about this new momentum in North India. Winner - Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014.
Here's A New Book for New Scuba Divers. Scuba Fundamental - Start Diving the Right Way by Simon Pridmore is a must read for new divers around the world, says Mallika Naguran.
A nature program for all to join, shares Mallika Naguran. Beyond manicured tea plantations, pretty strawberry farms and columned vegetable farms, Cameron Highlands has wildness within its forests along the mountain ranges. Walk on the wild side with Gaia Discovery!
Author Simon Pridmore has produced a unique new book packed full of valuable tips and expert advice giving you unprecedented access to the secrets of dive professionals and technical divers. Scuba Confidential - An Insider Guide to Becoming a Better Diver is currently available worldwide via Amazon in paperback and e-book versions.
Newly-weds from Hungary couldn’t make up their minds how to go on honeymoon without causing pollution. So they decided to ride around the world on recumbent bicycles. By Jeremy Torr.
Give to charity and take back a wealth of Timorese culture. That's the motive behind this unique dive trip put together by two social enterprises that aims to give soap makers in Timor-Leste a better chance of earning a livelihood.
Events & Festivals
Guanajuato’s State Ministry of Tourism (Mexico), Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Belgium), Govardhan Ecovillage (India) and Dutch Travel Trade Association (Netherlands) were the winners of 13th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism.
The 12th Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) and the 4th Asia Dive Conference (ADCON) are scheduled from 12 to 14 May 2017 at Hall 1, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Over the three days, dive enthusiasts can look forward to talks, photography sessions, great deals, kiddy activities and more.
In 2017, and for the very first time, the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) is joining forces with the long-standing and hugely popular Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) to bring water enthusiasts of all kinds the biggest recreational and sports water oriented event in Sydney, Australia from 3-7 August 2017 at the newly renovated International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s spectacular Darling Harbour.
The International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), taking place on January 18-22 in Madrid, comprises a number of events organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Activities will have a special focus on sustainable tourism, including the official presentation of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 on January 18.
The 3rd Green Buildings & Parks World will take place from 17 to 18 January 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organisers Confexhub expects more than 200 green building designers, architects, facilitators, urban planners and more from over 25 countries. Themed ‘Green Not Expensive - Expensive Not Green’
Mallika Naguran joined Rainforest World Music Festival musicians in planting new mangroves at the ecologically-sensitive Kuching Wetland National Park that has a sad history.
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