Conservation

Singapore’s NTU: Wood Construction Pioneer

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.

Lord Howe: Sustainable World Heritage Getaway

Lord Howe Island is a tiny speck of land in the Pacific, only 11km by 3km, with terrifyingly high mountain peaks, under 400 inhabitants and a 25kph speed limit. It’s a unique destination.

Barry’s Place Atauro : In Harmony with Nature in Timor

If you thought Timor Leste was off the beaten track, take a boat ride to the island just an hour or so offshore from the capital, Dili – to Atauro. You will find a place where living with nature is as important as your holiday, and where you can almost feel the spirit of nature.

Sustainable Living at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge in Bali

Making the right connections is what it takes to allow nature to provide for animals and people at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge. Mallika Naguran spent two nights in central Bali to learn how permaculture and ecotourism can go hand in hand in the heart of the forest.

Kerala Launches State-wide Responsible Tourism Initiative

Kerala Launches State-wide Responsible Tourism Initiative

The world’s first statewide responsible tourism (RT) mission has been opened in Kerala, India. Aimed at promoting people-friendly, local community-friendly and environment-friendly initiatives it is tasked with boosting rural development, local employment opportunities and the empowerment of women.

Club Med Cherating: Promoting Interest in Sustainability

Putting sustainability into practice and achieving awards are only part of resort operator Club Med's goals. One of its Asian resorts is pioneering efforts to educate guests and promote real-world knowledge of environmental issues.

Cousine Island: Strategies for Nature Conservation

One of the least known islands of the Seychelles group, tiny Cousine Island is introducing limited tours for keen nature watchers. Now up to six visitors a day can visit its unspoilt wildlife, which includes giant Aldabra tortoises and Hawksbill turtles. By Jeremy Torr.

Apani Dhani Eco-Lodge: Preserving Local Cultures and Heritage, India

Travellers seeking to discover the ‘real-India’ through immersive village life experiences are the ideal match for this one-of-a-kind hamlet in the desert clime.

Palangka Raya Hosts GINKalimantan Youth Conference 2016

From 16 to 18 September, Bina Cita Utama (BCU) School and Borneo Nature Foundation will host the first ever Global Issues Network (GIN) youth conference in Kalimantan.

Winners of Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2012

After a year's absence, WildAsia returned once again to stage the Responsible Tourism Awards, the region's top green honours that hoteliers and tour operators aspire towards. The winners of their 2012 Responsible Tourism Awards were announced at ITB Asia held in Singapore. This year, there were four specific award categories ranging from community engagement, culture preservation, nature conservation to resource efficiency, plus one generic category for the "most inspiring" responsible operator. Finalists had to demonstrate excellence in various areas of sustainability and, of course, responsible tourism practices. They were assessed based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria. 

Showcase Eco-Resort: Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa

Beyond green, this eco-resort in West Malaysia shows how organic methods can be applied to address environmental problems and tourism impacts to produce amazing results. Mallika Naguran meets the man behind this award-winning resort to learn of his unwavering commitment towards Mother Nature.

Thai Tourism Seven Green Concepts: Green Direction by Tourism Authority of Thailand

New green initiative boosts Seven Green Concepts, conservancy and social responsibility in its 2011 policy from Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Krabi’s Centara Resort Sustainability Review: Green Globe From Bronze to Gold

Krabi’s Centara Resort Sustainability Review: Green Globe From Bronze to Gold

Krabi’s Centara is just one of the few hotel and chain resorts under Centara’s portfolio to undergo a green wave of change by participating in a global benchmarking scheme through Green Globe to attain sustainability and promote awareness with its employees and stakeholders. The other four properties to also do so are Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villa Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui and Centara Karon Resort Phuket. 

Gaia Discovery Partners Big Bubble for Coral Reef Restoration With Biorock® Technology

Gaia Discovery is embarking on a series of environmental projects in Southeast Asia, starting with coral gardening and assisted reef restoration programmes. It seeks the participation of scuba divers from around the world to join its scheduled group trips beginning 14 May 2011.

Arkitrek Camp, An Architecture Summer School, To Design and Build In Borneo

Arkitrek Camp, an architecture summer school in Malaysian Borneo is now taking applications for a three-week camp in May 2011. The camp is aimed at developing young architects’ skills and experience. Malaysia-based British architect Ian Hall, director of Arkitrek is working together with volunteer organisation Camps International for hands-on design and construction in the environmentally and culturally-sensitive Malaysian state of Sabah.

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 Winners

Wild Asia announces the winners for the 5th Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka at ITB Asia. After months of short-listing the finalists and making site visits to the final six properties and tour operators, Wild Asia’s judging panel has finally selected its 2010 RT Awards winners.

Victoria Hotels & Resorts Get Greener with Tons of Rubbish Collected in Vietnam and Cambodia

Hotels can and should do their part in contributing to the environment in which they operate. A stellar example of upholding community spirit and environmental responsibility is Victoria chain of hotels and resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia.