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Apani Dhani, located in the heart of Rajasthan, India, offers eco-friendly accommodation, excursions and immersive village life experiences that impart novel skills while giving travellers a peek into the ‘real-India’. By Prerna Shah.
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
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.
Robi Navicula is one of GINBali’s founders and a leading voice in the growing Balinese youth empowerment and human rights movement. The lead singer of grunge rock band Navicula, Robi champions environmental and human rights causes in Indonesia. He asks for support in getting kids over to a unique conference in Kalimantan! By Kayti Denham.
Meet a group of young students who are doing what they can to help you reduce palm oil in your life to protect forests and people. Kids Cut Palm Oil are one of the youth groups leading the GINKalimantan Conference. By Kayti Denham.
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.
Extensive coral bleaching reported in Singapore's Sisters' Island Marine Park. Among the corals likely to be affected are those that were rescued from island conversion to make way for Singapore's waste disposal, reports Mallika Naguran.
Eco-tourism, eco-friendly dive centres, community-based tourism... Simon Pridmore reveals that running a successful dive centre or resort involves far more than just taking people diving.
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.
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.
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.
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
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’
The conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management will focus on four of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Among the illustrious speakers will be famous oceanographer Dr. Sylvia A. Earle. The conference will be held in Singapore from 9-11 November 2016.
From recycling to upcycling, Sarawak's headliner Rainforest World Music Festival 2016 showed its commitment to lower environmental impacts while staging higher musical and social impacts on fans. Mallika Naguran reports.
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.
From kiddy workshops, traditional crafts, spontaneous music workshops to energetic stage performances by international artistes - here are a few highlights of the one and only Rainforest World Music Festival 2016. By Mallika Naguran
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