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Nohbo, a water soluble ball containing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, is in the final stages of development and is anticipating a launch to major hotel chains.

Founded by a Florida-based 16-year-old entrepreneur named Benjamin Stern, the Nohbo ball can help the hospitality industry significantly reduce the millions of plastic bottled amenities that fill landfills when not recycled. Steven William Read more.

 

October 11 2015 – On the slopes of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, Fatima Faraji welcomes guests to her 20-acre coffee plantation, where she harvests only the fullest cherry-red arabica berries. Hand-picked by a team of experienced women, the coffee is pulped and processed on site the same day. Hilary Tagg Read more.

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October 07 2015 – In 1962, six-year-old Vasco Galante was treated to his first cinema trip – to see Charlton Heston in the Hollywood epic, The Ten Commandments.

But despite the blockbuster’s eye-popping sequences, the images that most impressed young Vasco came from a short advert shown before the film, which showcased the elephants, lions and buffalo in the verdant floodplains of Gorongosa National Park. Joe Miller Read more.

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September 22 2015 – Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism. Marianela Jarroud Read more. 

NamibRand Safaris (PTY LTD): Wolwedans Collections – Namibia

Categories: Africa, Energy, Land, Management, Operations, Planet, West
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NamibRand operates Wolwedans Collections – four low-impact, solar-powered safari camps in the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. The reserve, established two decades ago on degraded former livestock farms, today serves as a model of biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability.

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Cheli & Peacock, Kenya

Categories: Africa, East, Fauna, Human Capital Development, Land, People and Places, Planet
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Since 1985, Cheli & Peacock Ltd has been developing environmentally-friendly safaris and eco-camps in Kenya, with a focus on lesser-visited areas of significant biodiversity that have faced poaching and lack of resources. With 70% of Kenya’s wildlife roaming outside of protected areas, they work with local communities to support wildlife conservation by providing economic benefits through bed-night levies, leasing agreements, and education initiatives.

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Elsa's Kopje - Meru National Park - Rhino Sanctuary

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Tortilis Camp - Amboseli -Organic Vegetable Garden

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Adventure travel and wildlife safari specialist &Beyond operates 32 lodges in six countries (five one the African continent, and in India). Over the past 21 years, its holistic business model based on “caring for the land, its wildlife, and its people” has played an integral role in making long-term contributions to conservation where they operate. Focusing their core efforts on sustainable tourism, including habitat restoration and management, wildlife conservation, and empowering local communities, each &Beyond initiative is carefully planned to suit the area where they operate.

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The traditional skill of tracking is an indigenous art form which the Tracker Academy has revived. A need was recognised not just in South Africa, but across its borders too and so the Academy was born out of The Peace Parks Foundation , an organisation set up to enable cross border conservation. They recruit from rural communities, offer full bursaries and have a 97% employment rate for graduates. Each a source of pride for principal trainer Renias Mhlongo: “We had a dream to find people who are not educated, bring them into the bush and teach them about nature and tracking.” Not only has this dream come true, but the vision to become cross border custodians of wildlife has too.

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Jetwing Vil Uyana

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Fauna, Flora, Land, Management, Planet, Planning, Private Sector, South
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The garden is usually the last piece of the jigsaw when building a new hotel. However, Jetwing Vil Uyana set out to regenerate its landscapes first. Depleted by slash and burn agriculture, they recreated three hectares of wetland, half a hectare for paddy and two hectares of native forest. And then came the ecolodges – on stilts over lake and marshland with access via boardwalks. Guests came in their droves: 80 species of birds, 17 of mammals, 36 of butterflies and 21 of amphibians, the VIP being the endangered Grey Slender Loris. With a Green Directory to monitor the hotel’s environmental performance , resident naturalist and on-going education programme, the jigsaw is nigh on complete. Except that it’s designed to just keep growing.

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Just like the limestone that filters impurities out of the famously blue waters in Bonito, Brazil, this region has stopped mass tourism passing through. Thanks to the instigation of an entry voucher system in 1995, all natural attractions in Bonito have daily visitor limits. The income generated from vouchers not only assures their preservation but also funds the verification of tourism activities for best environmental practice. Bonito is proof that a conservation led tourism system which charges a fee to enjoy its natural and cultural heritage, works. It has been voted Brazil’s Ecotourism Destination of the Year for the last thirteen years and people still keep coming. And just like Bonito’s waters, the reasons are perfectly clear.

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