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Magic Tours for Authentic Experiences

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 

 

 

 

Chi Phat Community-based Eco-tourism: Forests for Life

Forests nurture lives, yet living in the forest takes courage. A tale told by Sokhem, founder of Chi Phat Community-based Eco-tourism. Winner - Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014 .


 Kutch Adventures Seeks Out Remote Artisans

The way Kutch Adventures started and introduced a completely different way of offering local experiences could be considered inspirational. By Kuldip Gadhvi, founder of Kutch Adventures India. Winner - Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014. 


Remembering Munir: Indonesia's Human Rights Activist

The struggle for Indonesian human rights by the famous activist Munir Said Thalib lives on.  I Gede Robi Supriyanto captures the life of the former director of Kontras (Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) and describes the opening of the Omah Munir (House of Munir) museum by Munir’s widow Suciwati in his hometown of Malang, East Java, on the day of Nelson Mandela’s passing.

 

 

Tom Schmidt: Eco Spin in Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series

Award winning author and illustrator - Tom Schmidt of the Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series tells Mallika Naguran on his motivations behind what could possibly be the region's most significant and environmentally pertinent graphic novel series.

 

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Places 

 

The Gods of Timor-Leste

 

Timor-Leste is a country still struggling to find its feet after decades of violence at the hands of exploitative foreign powers. Even if the people have lost their faith in government or the powers that be, they have plenty of other support. Jeremy Torr reports.

 

 

 

Trekking in Doi Suthep National Park in Chiang Mai

Tammy Gouldstone takes a walk on the greener side of Northern Thailand with a group called Chiang Mai Hiking Group. She tells Gaia Discovery of her nature-filled experience at the Doi Suthep National Park. 

 

 

Philippines Beaches: White Sands, Clear Waters

Getaways are easy with many beaches to explore in the Philippines, and our writer describes his chosen few by Henrylito D. Tacio.

 

 

Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Promotes Active Learning

Green Globe certified resort in Bali, Maya Ubud, gets children to learn the right way, which is the fun way of course.

 

Riau Islands: Caribbean Adventure Asian-style

You don’t have to go to the Caribbean for crystal waters, amazing wildlife and talcum sands. Loren Xue explores Riau tropical islands on Singapore’s doorstep.

 

 

 

Planet


Smart Highways : Smarter than Smart Cars?

Car makers are competing to build the ultimate self-driving car that makes it OK to fall asleep at the wheel. But one Dutch designer thinks it makes more sense to build a smart highway instead. By J.Torr.

 

 

Trees Save Lives: US Forestry Report

Everybody knows trees are nice. They are green, shady, they smell nice and they provide fruit and flowers to keep us happy. But new studies by the US Forestry Service and others have discovered that trees can help you live longer too. By Jeremy Torr & Phil Stamper

 

Sustainability in Seychelles: Hotel L'Archipel Goes Green

Seychelles is getting serious about sustainability and its hotels are starting to take measures to protect the earth. Hotel L’Archipel on Praslin, after two years of research and planning, has confirmed that they have taken the initiative to “go green” at their property.

Trees Reclaim Shipwrecks in Sydney Harbour

Industrialisation doesn’t always wreck the environment. Sometime it provides a new opportunity for nature to re-establish its roots; literally. In Homebush Bay, in Australia, the native bush has found an unlikely nursery – on an abandoned ship. By Jeremy Torr.

 

Plastic Bags: Singapore Litter Gets Worse

Plastic bags are durable, waterproof, light, flexible, and strong. They are perfect for lugging groceries, as bin liners, even waterproof hats for uncles. But they are choking our planet – and only a few governments are doing anything about it. By Marra Teasdale.

 

 

Marine Life

 

The Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay

Swimming with whale sharks is something that only the lucky few will do on a regular basis. Simon Pridmore describes how getting in the way of these gentle giants can result in a bruising encounter too.

 

Robots Track Whales: Endangered Species Get Help 

Whales are big, tough mammals. But they get stranded on unfamiliar shores, they get hit by ships’ propellers – and even get caught in underwater installations. Anything that can help them is valuable – and a new underwater robot does exactly that. By Jeremy Torr.

 

Semporna Shark Sanctuary Soon

Fiona Childs reports on the proposed Semporna Shark Sanctuary that is designed to increase eco-tourism opportunities while protecting sharks and rays. A Gaia Discovery exclusive.

 

 

Palau's President Proposes New Marine Sanctuary 

Palau's President has proposed banning all commercial fishing in the Pacific nation's waters to create one of the world's largest marine reserves, covering an area roughly the size of France.

 

 

Coral Bleaching Likely To Intensify - ICRS Consensus Statement

Rising ocean temperatures - a symptom and result of man-made climate change - are causing corals to lose their colour.  Henrylito D. Tacio reports that some 2600 scientists are calling for immediate global and local action to preserve these fragile ecosystems.

 

MORE MARINE LIFE

Adventures 

 

Australian Int'l Dive Expo (AIDE): Conservation, Photo Fun

The Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) debuts in Sydney, Australia on 22-23 February 2014. Mallika Naguran gives a preview of the goodies that await for scuba divers at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park.

 

Scuba Confidential - A Diver's Companion

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, knowledge that you can use to develop your skills and become a safer, more confident and more capable diver. Scuba Confidential - An Insider Guide to Becoming a Better Diver is currently available worldwide via Amazon in paperback and e-book versions.

 

Lie Back and Enjoy the Ride: A Recumbent Honeymoon

A pair of newly-weds from Hungary couldn’t make up their minds how to go on honeymoon without adding too much pollution to the atmosphere. So they decided to ride around the world on recumbent bicycles. By Jeremy Torr

 

Dive Timor-Leste to Support Woman's Cooperative Ai-Funan

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.

 

 

Andaman Freediving Championship 2012

Fifteen divers from ten countries travel to Koh Lanta in southern Thailand to compete for top honours in the Southeast Asia Freediving Competition. Walter Johnson holds his breath in this first-hand account.

 

Festivals

 

 

Gaia Grooves Gig: Trees and Haze Focus

A Gaia themed gig is set to rouse Singapore's awakening to the haze phenomenon and related deforestation issue. Featuring top musicians from the US, Singapore and from Sabah, Gaia Grooves Gig will premiere on 1 July. Mallika Naguran reports.

 

 

 

 

Borneo Jazz 2014 Lineup

Borneo Jazz will be held in Miri, Sarawak from the 9-10 of May 2014. Featuring Iriao from Georgia (pictured), Vocal Sampling from Cuba, Brassballett from Germany, Mario Canonge from Martinique/France, YK Band from Indonesia, Anthony Strong from the UK, Diana Liu from Sarawak and Lewis Pragasam from Malaysia. Mallika Naguran gives the line up.

 

Clean and Green Singapore 2014 Theme Song 

"Mother Nature's Cry" has been chosen to reflect the thrusts of environmental protection and care for nature by the National Environment Agency in Singapore. It is also the winning entry of the Eco Music Challenge 2013. Mallika Naguran tells more of the singer songwriters behind this video.


Beto Jamaica Rey Vallenato in Rainforest World Music Festival

Mallika Naguran talks to accordion maestro Beto Jamaica about his artform and his relentless journey to popularise a traditional music form, the cumbia and vallenato from Colombia's Caribbean coastal region.

 

Review of Rainforest World Music Festival 2013

Mallika Naguran checks in to Sarawak to check out the region's popular world music festival.

 

 

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Travel responsibly - Read Gaia Guide 2011/2012  (download the ecotravel Gaia Guide here and view Gaia Guide on SlideShare here).

 

 

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