Written by Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board, this article looks at the annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda – Kwita Izina – and the opportunities that arise for conservation, sustainable tourism and the local community as a result.
On the surface, Noosa seems like any other seaside town, but there is so much more to this captivating region than sun, sea and sand. Conservation and sustainable tourism ideals are ingrained in the community and business life. Action groups ensure development is restricted, wildlife is cared for and management programmes are in place to help protect this wonderfully diverse environment. Added to that some seriously good places to eat and you can see why people keep coming back for more.
I was flooded with emotion as a New Zealander walking in the Fiordland National Park because of the birds. I have been walking in New Zealand forests my whole life, but I have never seen or heard such incredible birdlife as I did walking through the Clinton Valley in April.
Comprised of a group of dedicated storytellers who squeeze in six to nine films per hyper-focused trip, interviewing 10 to 14 people a day, the folks at the Green Living Project (GLP) seek to: “educate and inspire individuals and communities to live a more sustainable lifestyle through stories focused on unique and diverseexamples of sustainability from around the world.“
It’s the story of a great reuse project. Built on a decommissioned landfill site that was once a bluestone quarry, CERES (Centre for Education & Research into Environmental Strategies) is now an award-winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre and urban farm covering 4.5 hectares of Brunswick soil.