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Eco Success Stories from our Archives

Namibia's Kalahari Desert Bushmen
by Karen Hoffman

Ecotourism: Intu Afrika. A rare opportunity to learn from the Bushmen themselves about their hunter-gatherer traditions and the ecosystem of the Kalahari desert awaits travelers to INTU AFRIKA'S Kalahari Game Reserve in Namibia. For thousands of years, Bushmen were an integral part of the ecosystem of the Kalahari. As the area was colonized, the Bushmen were driven out and forced to live outside their traditional hunting areas. No longer able to hunt, the Bushmen were reduced to living on government handouts. INTU AFRIKA, under the direction of two South African anthropologists, Michael and Bets Daibar, invited 40 !Kung Bushmen to reestablish a self-sustainable community on the company's Kalahari Game Reserve.

Kaggam Kamma: A Journey Back In Time
I noted that our destination for day two of the Cape Country Tour was a Private game Reserve called "Kagga Kamma. Not expecting anything too far beyond the ordinary, after a rugged 3 hour motor trip from Cape Town, I was little prepared for the amazing 'moonscape' of this spectacular hideout in the rugged Cedarburg Mountains. It was a site that could easily be the movie set for "Jurassic Park" or "Planet of the Apes." As twilight approached, many of the odd rock shapes cast weird shadows, taking the form of wild animals or strange spirit creatures. Continued.

Guarding Africa's Wildlife Empire
by Jerry W. Bird

Africa's Animal Empire filled the scene, then fanned out in all directions on the far horizon; to the Tanzania - Kenya border, or to Lake Victoria and beyond. And what performers these four legged actors were; prancing about like tv wrestlers, snorting and butting heads, as if they knew they were the star performers of our show. On a rocky knoll nearby, a pride of lions lolled lazily, like cruise passengers on deck chairs, surveying the situation, as they stood by for the evening dinner gong. Staring at us curiously, this shaggy crew was perfectly cast for the scene to follow, as were the two cheetahs lying couched in the tall grass near the Serengeti airport.

Amex Monument Watch in Africa
The World Monuments Watch was created in 1995. The program solicits nominations from the Ministries of Culture around the world, from all US embassies, from international, national and local preservation groups, and from American Express offices worldwide. The nomination process is also open to individual citizens as a means of encouraging private activism. An independent panel of international experts in architecture, travel, archaeology, conservation, and related fields selects sites for inclusion in the biennial World Monuments Watch Lists of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Continued.

Peace Through Tourism
by Louis D'Amore

We believe that tourism can have a profound impact on creating a climate for peace by generating economic growth and stable employment. Tourism also educates travelers about other cultures, thereby fostering understanding. While world leaders often meet to discuss opportunities for peace, it's rare that they would view a single industry as playing such a powerful role in sustaining Global Summit of Peace through Tourism. Continued.

Tourism- Introduction to Ecology
by Harold Gordon
Tourism is now a major source of foreign currency for Kenya and Tanzania; it provides jobs throughout East Africa and has served as an introduction to ecology. A safari traveler's impression of animals changes drastically ; no more will her or she accept a world without the elephant, rhino, cheetah or other endangered species; the seals of the Galapagos, the mountain gorilla of Rwanda, the birds of New Guinea, or the whales of the Cape. There's a new and vital interest in their surroundings. Continued.

Central African Republic's Pristine Parklands
by Muguette Goufrani
Everything you may have read about this equatorial area for years in National Geographic , or in countless story books about Africa, is right here. Without a doubt, the Central African Republic (CAR) has some of the most pristine National Parks in all of Africa. Pygmies guide you through virgin forests that are the domain of forest elephants and rare lowland gorillas. The dense rain forests literally 'explode' as the sky fills with colorful, exotic butterflies &emdash; and out on the sweeping plains you can encounter elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and a host of other species you may not see anywhere else. We visited the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve which has some of the highest densities of lowland gorillas and elephant of anywhere in Africa.

Seychelles: A World Leader in Conservation
by Muguette Goufrani
Seychelles Islands group is in the forefront in terms of conservation of land, culture and wildlife. While I have praised this beautiful part of the word to friends from near and far as a 'dream destination,' most travelers have yet to experience its pleasures. The Seychelles Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean east of Kenya, has an fascinating history and culture. French is widely spoken, and the Seychelles is part of La Francophonie. The area includes 42 granite islands and 73 coral atolls, with tourism centered on the more easily accessible granite islands-especially Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. The latter are covered in lush tropical vegetation and are ringed by pristine white sand beaches. Continued.

Gabon Preserves Coastal Wetlands and Marshes
by Muguette Goufrani
Thanks to mineral wealth and a relatively low population growth, Gabon is better off financially than most of Africa. This fact is reflected in their care and attention to basic ecological concerns. For example, the vast coastal wetlands and marshes, are still largely intact. Gabon, hosted the Africa Travel Association (ATA) International Congress in 1980. Continued.

News about Environment Tanzania (Entan 21)
by Charles Kileo

Environment Tanzania 21 is a non-profit environment Non Governmental Organization (NGO) established in Tanzania in 1996. It is a community service oriented trustee for the promotion of environmental awareness and environmental protection, though grassroots-based programs of involving and educating the community. Entan 21 is based in Dodoma, Tanzania and will expand its activities to other areas of the country as its environmental message spreads.

Building Bridges to Peace Through Tourism
by Hon. Mike Afedi Gizo

In the Kakum National Forest near Ghana's famous Gold Coast, are 6 rope bridges that are popular with tourists, and for most, a challenge to cross. While these bridges swing and sway in the breeze, far above the forest floor, all fears a visitor encounters are strictly mental. Each interlocking bridge is safe and secure, and each relates to a goal we want to achieve with this week's 21st Century Agenda for Peace Through Tourism.

Many more stories to come on this web site and in our magazines
Africa Travel and Eco-Adventure World.

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