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Madbird Fair 2015 (Madrid, Spain)

Madbird Fair 2015 (Madrid, Spain)
MADbird is a fair which born with the aim to bring together the business offer that focuses on green economy through nature tourism observation with the potencial demand from big cities, such as Madrid. This year, MADbird fair will take up a larger space so they will double the number of exhibitors. The visitors will enjoy events, such as the MADbird race, the most interesting lectures and amazing film screenings! This kind of fairs are interesting marketing channel to connect with potential customers and to establish alliances with other companies or organizations. Therefore, we consider it is a relevant event to access new markets and to release the nature and cultural beauties of the province of Cuenca. MADbird 2015 will take place in “el Paseo del Prado”, the Prado´s Boulevard, the most emblematic place of Madrid center from the 12 to the 14th of June 2015. Lectures will take place at...
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Highlights of Nikki Rose/Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Study Tour in Crete, Greece

Highlights of Nikki Rose/Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Study Tour in Crete, Greece
Greetings from Crete, Slideshow highlights of one of our annual Accredited Study Tours for teachers and students from University of Missouri. CCS Photos on Flickr
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9th Annual Chocolate Festival of Belize: Punta Gorda, 22-24 May 2015

9th Annual Chocolate Festival of Belize: Punta Gorda, 22-24 May 2015
The ninth annual Chocolate Festival of Belize and Toledo will take place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th May 2015. The event kicks off with the Gala event, Wine and Chocolate on the Friday night from 6pm to 11pm. The event is being held for the second year at Garbutt's gorgeous marina on Joe Taylor Creek. Surrounded by both the lagoon and the ocean this night brings you nothing but good times, good friends, live music from the Caribbean Roots Band all the way from Corozal, an array of delectable hors d'oeuvres including deep fried lion fish and shrimp and, of course, how could we forget, Chocolate from Belizean chocolatiers! The Taste of Toledo Street Fair is held on Front Street in Punta Gorda town, from the Uno gas station all the way down to the Punta Gorda library. The pedestrian-only street fair features cultural displays and areas showcasing Toledo's five main...
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Youth guide training at Ta Pae Yoi School (Phang Nga Province, Thailand)

Youth guide training at Ta Pae Yoi School (Phang Nga Province, Thailand)
The palms were swaying and the water of the inner Andaman sea was churning under a strong wind as 33 students from Kiet Pra Cha school in Tapaeyoi village assembled in the cool morning air for a day-long “Young Guides of Koh PhraTong” training.  Students’ ages covered a wide range, and English skills and knowledge of the island’s ecology were similarly disparate, but all students brought with them an interest in their island home, bolstered by that playful, bubbly energy inherent in all Thai kids.  The subject of the training covered the fundamental points of being a local guides.  In attendance were most of the school’s students and teachers, several community members, P’ Tui and P’ Bee  from Andaman Discoveries.  The session kicked off with a short talk by P’ Noon who, in addition to being a superb guide, is well versed in the natural history of PhraTong.  P’ Noon is a pillar...
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Mediterranean Immersion Workshop in Crete, Greece, June 15-21, 2015

Mediterranean Immersion Workshop in Crete, Greece, June 15-21, 2015
Mediterranean Immersion Workshop in Crete, Greece June 15 – 21, 2015 Continuing Education for Food, Nutrition & Health Professionals Focus: Mediterranean Lifestyle for Optimal Health   A 7-Day focused immersion into the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle designed to provide an overview of the culture, nature and cuisine of Crete. Emphasis is on cuisine in helping to maintain optimal health; food as medicine and developing strategies to implement the Mediterranean lifestyle when returning home.   Join us for an informative and exciting workshop on the magnificent isle of Crete, the center of the Mediterranean Diet. Our base is in a region where olive oil and wine has been produced for over four thousand years. This historic region is bustling with small-scale agricultural production in communities striving to sustain cherished traditions. We’ll visit resident specialists at their “field offices.” Classes include private guided tours of archaeological sites, natural parks/botanical hikes, organic farms, markets,...
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Laos: First Book in TAEC Ethnography Series Released

Laos: First Book in TAEC Ethnography Series Released
The English translation of The Tai Daeng of Hua Phan Province, Lao People's Democratic Republic is now available at TAEC and our on-line shop. Translated from Thai into English by Linda S. McIntosh, this first book in the TAEC Ethnography Series gives historical background and documents the contemporary lives of the Tai Daeng in Laos. Sumitr Pitiphat, professor of Anthropology at Thammasat University of Bangkok, Thailand wrote the original book and has studied the Tai peoples of Laos, northern Vietnam, and southwest China. The book explores traditions and changes including this group's traditional belief system and their conversion to Buddhism and the external factors that have led to changes in their handwoven textiles. Translation of this book into English brings information about the Tai Daeng in Laos to a larger audience. We hope it will build greater understanding of the rapid change facing ethnic groups here," notes TAEC Co-Director Tara Gujadhur....
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Belize: Advanced Skills Training for Toledo Guides

Belize: Advanced Skills Training for Toledo Guides
A one-year project began in June 2014 as a collaborative programme between COMPACT (Community Management of Protected Areas for Conservation) and the Toledo Tour Guide Association. The project is snappily titled "Building the Capacity of Local Tour Guides for Responsible Tourism in Punta Gorda, a Coastal Community of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site." It aims to strengthen the capacity of the Toledo Tour Guide Association to promote responsible tourism practices among its members who utilize the marine resources for their livelihoods. This project builds on the success of previous projects funded with the main objective of providing an environment for the development of sustainable, environmentally-aware tourism in Punta Gorda and building tourism products in which community members can be employed in tourism as an alternative to traditional fishing. The project is based on the thematic area of sustainable livelihoods. The project will empower local tour guides who...
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Neither militarization nor legalization can end poaching

Neither militarization nor legalization can end poaching
This year there has been a steady stream of self-congratulatory announcements of successes from the bloody "war on poaching" undertaken by security services led by merciful mercenaries, drone fleets etc. But conservation should not be inhumane or trample on human rights. Nor should it be used as a geopolitical pretext to put troops on the ground where there are not enough drugs or religious fanatics. As long as there is demand for ivory and rhino horn and as long as possession of such is legal there is no chance of stopping this trade. Some therefore propose to focus on demand. Tackling demand can involve education and peer pressure but it is very likely that the affluent and powerful buyers of such "works of art" are not so sensitive. Perhaps a global campaign to pressure key and powerful governments to make holding ivory (all ivory, not just "illegal") and rhino horn pieces...
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Green Gecko: our new Thai villa

Green Gecko: our new Thai villa
Our second Thai villa, Green Gecko , reflects traditional Thai architectural design, and equally enjoys a very private and peaceful setting in the Thai countryside. This Thai pool villa is centered around its own very private pool. Holidaymakers enjoying a family holiday in Thailand can relax to the utmost here, as daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included - an excellent way to get to know Thai food. Many of the ingredients are grown organically on the grounds, from rice to fresh herbs and fruit and a wide variety of vegetables.   Like our sister property, Green Gecko harvests rainwater, has a recycling programme, and is involved in reforestation of old rice paddies.   The villa sleeps up to four guests on a full board basis.     
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Mai Chau Ecolodge coordinates to implement the project “Building School For Pupils”

Mai Chau Ecolodge coordinates to implement the project “Building School For Pupils”
Located not too far from Mai Chau Ecolodge, Moc Chau is a well-known destination that when mentioning to it, most people will also remember the green tea hills, milk or romantic wedding photos with cherry and plum blossoms, etc. However, for each of us, after the visit to give gifts to children in Tan Lap Commune, Moc Chau District at the beginning of March, Moc Chau makes us remember Phieng Canh with the naive and eager eyes of Hmong child when his friends get chances to come to school, learn to draw, learn to dance, etc. Derived from a desire to help 40 remaining children to get chances to study, and furthermore to improve the quality of studying Kinh language (national language), Mai Chau Ecolodge coordinated with the charitable group operating independently named “Building School For Pupils” decided to design and build a simple but stable preschool for children in Phieng...
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