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Officials say Vietnam’s best bet may be to plant more mangrove trees (Credit: Harald Franzen/©GIZ)

Rising sea levels threaten key coastal areas like the Mekong Delta, which produces the majority of Vietnam’s rice. The only thing standing between the country and the ocean is a tree.

Mangroves are the climate superheroes of the arboreal world. They grow in swamps along the coasts: thin trunks and tangled, spidery roots submerged in dark, briny water. The roots filter saltwater and can expand eroded coastlines. They also create natural storm barriers and protect agricultural land from saltwater infiltration.

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By Erin Craig for BBC Travel.

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Supporters of an ivory ban protest outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

“We now need to see all other countries close loopholes that still allow the illegal trade of ivory to continue.”

Lawmakers in Hong Kong voted to ban all ivory sales in the territory on Wednesday, a move environmentalists hailed as a definitive measure to help curb elephant poaching.

The policies represent a massive step forward in the fight against elephant poaching across Africa and in parts of Asia, where the animals are slaughtered for their tusks. Environmentalists estimate more than 33,000 elephants are killed every year to help feed the demand for ivory, which is seen as a status symbol in some Asian countries.

Countries including Thailand and Vietnam are now the largest remaining markets for the ivory trade, and officials are calling on more sweeping bans to be instituted around the globe.

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By Nick Visser for the HuffPost.

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Bamboo Straws Poolside at Anantara Golden Triangle (Credit: unknown via Mark Thomson)

Anantara and AVANI Hotels & Resorts are proud to announce the decision to end the use of plastic drinking straws at all hotels and resorts in Asia from 1 January 2018. The first major hotel brands to announce a companywide decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region with a view to extend the roll out to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East by the end of the year.

In the serene mountainous region of Northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is working with a local artist, Khamchan Yano, who was shown by the village elders a fast growing wild bamboo, indigenous to the surrounds. Together they have perfected a way to keep the bamboo strong whilst also ensuring it is hygienic and reusable.

Read the full article on the initiative here.

By Mark Thomson on LinkedIn.

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World Elephant Day: Help conserve and protect elephants!

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World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day taking place on August 12, 2015, was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered, and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we are on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature in its natural habitat. This day gives us the opportunity to share ways to conserve elephants and protect them from the many ways in which they are threatened.

Elephants are heavily advertised in the tourism sector; here are some ways to be aware of how our actions affect these beautiful creatures.

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Ecotourism success story

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Bo Hin Farmstay visitors get a chance to go fishing, walk along a mangrove forest trail or plant seagrass as part of the community's conservation project.

Bo Hin Farmstay visitors get a chance to go fishing, walk along a mangrove forest trail or plant seagrass as part of the community’s conservation project.

7 September 2015 – It all began with the need to feed their families. Today, the small cluster of people in Ban Bo Hin community who run a successful homestay have become an ecotourism model for other villages. Bo Hin Farmstay, located at Ban Bo Hin in Si Khao district, Trang province, is a community tourist attraction founded by the Ban Pru Jud Community Enterprise. CHADAMAS CHINMANEEVONG Read more.

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Intensifying Efforts to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Tourism Industry

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Development Partnership with the Private Sector Supports the Code in Thailand

Tourism plays a significant role in driving economic growth in developing countries. However, an increasing number of tourists influence the sex tourism business. Although the travel sector is not directly responsible for the sexual abuse of children in the tourist trade, the tourism industry has a key role to play in combating the sexual exploitation of minors. It is important to raise awareness of this issue, one that few venture to address.

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Tourism as Part of Integrated Development Planning and Nature Conservation in Vietnam

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Location: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

Partners: PNKB National Park, Tourism Administration Office of Quang Binh DoCST, Provincial People’s Committee

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Asia’s environmental awareness slowly growing

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Green, sustainable, environmentally friendly, ecotourism. These terms are increasingly heard in recent years wherever the business events industry meets. Even conferences, such as the Inaugural Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia, held in Hiroshima, Japan in October, now focus on the topic. Garry Marchant. Read more. 

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Asia has been slow to embrace sustainability. But gradually more sectors of the business events industry — from Australia and Singapore, to the Philippines and Hong Kong, are realising that being sustainable is not merely the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do. Steve Cray. Read more.

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Towards the Business Case for Sustainable Hotels in Asia: Motivations and Impacts of Sustainable Hotel Development in Asia

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This study capitalises on three years of submissions for the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards and serves as a guideline on smart, practical and cost-effective development and operating practices. The case studies making up the bulk of this report have been drawn from a range of operations large and small, city and resort, mainstream and niche from across the region (see Map) – and provide an insight into the motivation for, and impact of more sustainable practices. Our intention in drawing these case studies together is to provide examples of what can be achieved, to encourage and inspire others, and set a benchmark for further reviews.

World Wild Fund, Horwath HTL & HICAP

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