Environment

Albert Teo: How to Sustain Community Building in Ecotourism

Going from mere charity to community-led social enterprise, Albert Teo shares with Gaia Discovery a few learning points from his ecotourism development efforts of Sabah.

Jeff Goodell on Climate Change: The Water Will Come

An invited speaker at the Singapore Writers Festival 2018, author Jeff Goodell from the US speaks his mind on just how the climate has changed and what we can all do about it to Mallika Naguran of Gaia Discovery.

Harry Morris: Davao Reef Saviour

Harry D. Morris is a Filipiono national-level rugby player, and better known by many for his skill on the sportsfield. But Morris is a marine biologist, and passionately active about preserving Davao Gulf, one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world.

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.

Michael Davis: My Role as a Responsible Installation Artist

Bio-Resin, reusable metal in bar chimes… these are just a couple of materials that are surprisingly part of the Illumaphonium, a musical structure that stands tall, colourful, entrancing and strong at the I Light Marina Bay 2018 festival in Singapore. Gaia Discovery’s Mallika Naguran gets on the same bandwidth as its British creator Michael Davis as he speaks about his musical interest, beliefs, style and role as a responsible artist.

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. 

Hitesh Mehta: On Ecotourism Trends in Asia from 2017

Hitesh Mehta: On Ecotourism Trends in Asia from 2017

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.

Prof Lye Lin-Heng: Why Attend the Sustainable Development Goals Conference 2016 in Singapore?

Prof Lye Lin-Heng: Why Attend the Sustainable Development Goals Conference 2016 in Singapore?
In an exclusive interview with Gaia Discovery, Assoc. Prof Lye Lin-Heng, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) and chairperson of the organising committee and highlights the significance of the first-of-its-kind conference on "Attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Environmental Law, Policy and Management" in Singapore.

Jose Ramos-Horta in After Rio+20: Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

Jose Ramos-Horta in After Rio+20: Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development
Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta reviews the Rio+20 summit and suggests that Asia should lead the way in sustainable development in this written commentary.

Eric Simard Steers Green Initiatives for Victoria Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia

Eric Simard Steers Green Initiatives for Victoria Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia
In Vietnam and Cambodia, there is a French chain of hotels and resorts that strive to do what they can to operate responsibly within the environments in which they operate. Mallika Naguran finds out from the general manager Eric Simard just how Victoria Hotels & Resorts maintain their social and environmental responsibilities.