Community Building

Elephant Knowledge: Anna Songhurst and Ecoexist

What started out as a PhD investigating behaviours has transcended into a whole social approach to making a better life for elephants – and safer lives for the humans who live and farm near them.

Ian Rosenberger: Trash for Dignity

Ian Rosenberger visited Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, and what he saw, and who he met changed his life. They also spawned a whole new business dedicated to making money out of returning dignity and clearing dangerous plastic waste.

Katherine Connor: Sustainable Elephant Rescue

Katherine Connor set up an elephant sanctuary in Thailand purely to benefit itsanimals - and to educate their owners. Not just for tourists wanting a memorable snap for their online account.

Andrew Sebastian: On Malaysia Ecotourism & Ecology

No stranger to bird lovers and forest trekkers in Malaysia, guide Andrew Sebastian has more tricks up his sleeves in promoting ecotourism and habitat conservation than anyone can imagine. Gaia Discovery’s Mallika Naguran catches up with the bird expert to find out more about the Wallace Project through Sebastian’s own NGO - Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia, and about his views on how tourism can help raise ecological awareness.

Jin of Chickenfeet Travels: Adventure with Positive Impacts

Travelling just got more responsible, whether it is trekking, kayaking or just a stroll in the wild country, with a trip planned by Chickenfeet Travels. Mallika Naguran catches up with a rather unSingaporean Jin at a vegan shop in Bugis.

Alexander Yee: Overcoming Turtle Conservation Challenges

Alexander Yee: Overcoming Turtle Conservation Challenges

It took vision, persistence and wisdom for conservationist Alexander Yee to be able to release his 30,000th turtle hatchling into the South China Sea after five years this March. He spoke to Mallika Naguran about how this highly effective turtle conservation programme came about but more importantly, how obstructive village practices were overcome to boost this aspect of marine life and ecotourism in Sabah.

Amala Menon: Genuine Indian Homestays With SaveAGram

Just how authentic can community-based tourism get? SaveAGram strives to raise the bar in not just capturing the authenticity of village tourism experience in the north and south of India, but also maintain responsibility in touring activities so as to uphold age-old traditions, culture, values and even the architecture of Indian villages.

Alex Tsuk: Rise of Responsible Tourism Community in Bali with BookGreener

A ground up, industry-led responsible tourism movement is picking up in Bali. Mallika Naguran speaks to the founder or 'Chief Alchemist' of Book Greener, Alex Tsuk, about this special group of operators and the role they play in dealing with crisis as volcano Agung continues to disrupt tourism in this island of paradise.

Masaru Takayama: A Stronger Asian Ecotourism Network for 2018

Masaru Takayama, Chair and Founder of the Asian Ecotourism Network, speaks to Gaia Discovery's Mallika Naguran of his plans for 2018 and in shaping a stronger association that promotes responsible tourism in Asia. 

Professor Nguyen Viet Nhan: Helping Child Victims of Agent Orange Defoliation

Professor Nguyen Viet Nhan: Helping Child Victims of Agent Orange Defoliation
Professor Nguyen Viet Nhan has dedicated his life to working with child victims of the US Air Force policy of spraying dioxin-based Agent Orange on large areas of Vietnamese countryside in order to kill vegetation that could hide Viet Cong soldiers. Although the war finished decades ago, Kayti Denham explains how his work continues.