The Kumano Kodō mountain paths have been trodden for over 1000 years, and are one of only two pilgrimage routes worldwide that have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Today, the mountain trails are helping to sustain and renew communities that have been clinging on to survival for the last few decades.
Art has a purpose in conservation and the coral garden is an extension of this, discovers Mallika Naguran.
Working with the world-renowned Kew Gardens in London, Singapore has set up a new seed bank to help insure native plant populations against threats such as climate change, disease, and natural and man-made disasters
Iceland’s first official glacier death was underscored by a new memorial, and the loss 180 billion tons of ice from the Greenland ice shelf.
Plataran L’Harmonie Menjangan in Bali’s west is built from the ground up to interface with the nearby National Park’s natural ecosystems and indigenous wildlife species, as well as sustaining the local community and culture.
Nikoi Island offers tranquil equatorial coral reefs, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, a rainforest and an astonishing variety of sea and land wildlife to its lucky visitors. Even more attractive it runs as sustainably as possible, with no vehicles, aircon, TV or imported building materials where possible. Best of all it’s a mere two-plus hours from the bustling centre of Singapore.
Bees in hives on the roof of Notre Dame cathedral have survived, incredibly, despite the recent fire that ravaged most of the 850-year old structure.
Finland has again been voted happiest country on earth, and if the tourism people are right, they reckon having a regular sauna is a key reason.
Today, more and more discerning travellers are opting for sustainable holidays. And as the trend gathers momentum, there is an increasing awareness that standard “visit, tick off and snap a selfie” programmes don’t truly cater for many travellers. That’s why Wise Steps Travel, an Indonesian-based social travel enterprise, has come up with an impactful journey called A Woman’s Journey - from Women for Women.
Tourism may be one of the reasons people flock to areas where marine species are common. But sadly, tourism can also play a significant role in making some species – including turtles – become endangered.
Any new art space gives the opportunity for cutting edge design. The Dune Gallery in Beidaihe goes one better and integrates its innovative design into and beneath the landscape.
Balancing traditional values with the pressures of contemporary society can be difficult. The Maldive, has been inundated with luxury island resort developments – but is using visitor education to maintain its social and cultural structures. By Benita Yue.
In Bali, forward thinking resorts are looking to make significant savings in food waste reduction. They are already involved in solar power, recycled water, minimal grey water wastage and other sustainability projects. Cutting food waste both saves money - and provides work and more food too.
In north Queensland, Australia around the November full moon, look out for the biggest mass sexual event of the year. The Great Barrier Reef corals will be mating.
Looking for a special getaway? You could do worse than take a trip to historic Gabo Island, off Victoria, Australia’s easternmost tip. The body that runs it, Parks Victoria, says it is a maritime lover’s dream escape.
Despite China being something of a whipping boy for the West for its poor pollution record, many of its cities are putting significant efforts into cleaning up. And some are succeeding so well they are leaving the West behind.
Despite being devastated by a massive flood, an iconic Cambodian Wilderness EcoLodge is determined to come back – floating on the same river that almost destroyed it.
Europe has led the way in recent years with some truly impressive wooden buildings, but Asia is fighting back. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has announced plans for an impressive US$130million, six storey academic building built from wood. It will be the largest in Asia.
Presenting the best of tourism highlights and cultural settings, Sarawak has planned these events for the action oriented, adventure seeking and adrenaline-driven traveller. Get ready to explore this beautiful country while doing something completely different... something that takes you out of your comfort zone!
Club Med supporting local farming while influencing good ecological practices through partner Agrisud is a good and practical way of exercising their social responsibility.