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Tourism companies for sustainable management of Estonian forests

Tourism companies for sustainable management of Estonian forests
Public appeal of tourism companies to the Environmental Commission of the Parliament of Estonia and the Minister of Environment concerning sustainable management of Estonia forests.Current forest policy and forest management practices in Estonia do not take into sufficient consideration the needs of tourism sector. Increasing forest cutting conflic...
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Ears have Walls, Walls have Ears

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In early versions of Sid Meier's classic strategy game 'Civilisation', the discovery of gunpowder made Walls obsolete. It was far more gradual in reality, but Walls did eventually become obsolete as defensive structures and those that escaped destruction to allow for city expansion during the industrial revolution were later reborn as tourism attra...
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Ecotourism with a purpose: supporting education in rural Nicaragua

Sister Communities of San Ramón, Nicaragua (SCSRN), a Durham based non-profit, is excited to announce that we will be building four new classrooms. These new classrooms will be built in the communities of El Roblar and El Jinete, in the municipality of San Ramón, Nicaragua. This brings the tally of classrooms built by SCSRN, to 28 classrooms over 1...
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Trump Victory, what could it mean for Tourism, Ecotourism and other Green sectors?

Predicting the impact of Donald Trump's win is even more tricky than was predicting the outcome of this extremely tight contest. It depends on whether the new administration really attempts to implement any of Trump's more controversial, and sometimes highly offensive to ethnic groups, campaign promises, which would result in major changes in US po...
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries/Center for Responsible Travel Seminar in Crete, Greece July 10-16, 2017

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries/Center for Responsible Travel Seminar in Crete, Greece July 10-16, 2017
Crete, Greece, July 10 - 16, 2017Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network in partnership with The Center for Responsible Travel is hosting a unique program in Crete: Discovering Crete's Cultural, Culinary and Natural Wonders. During this program we will explore the island to meet many residents working on action programs to protect and cele...
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Discover the secrets of the red deer rut in Spain

Discover the secrets of the red deer rut in Spain
The red deer and fallow deer rutting seasons, through a unique and exclusive interpretative experience, in a privileged spot in the heart of the Serranía de Cuenca"The arrival of autumn does not pass unnoticed for Nature-lovers in the Serranía de Cuenca. From mid-September until mid-October, two fascinating wildlife phenomenons happen in our forests: the Iberian red deer (Cervus elaphus) and the fallow deer (Dama Dama) rutting seasons. A chorus of bellowing temporarily disrupts the peace of autumnal evenings in the Serranía de Cuenca, as relentless hymns to life. And at Azeral, we do not want to miss it.We want to witness these gifts of the forest, but not only by sight and sound… During the red deer and fallow deer rutting seasons, we offer you a chance to experience the Serranía de Cuenca —feel it, watch it, and hear it— from the perspective of our protagonists. In a privileged spot in...
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Petition to Save Kavo Sidero archaeological and natural landscape in Crete, Greece

Petition to the Prime Minister of Greece: "We support the court appeal launched in May 2016 by citizens of Crete and environmental, archaeological, and other organisations, to save the unique archaeological and natural landscape of Kavo Sidero in East Crete. The proposed golf resort development is going to affect an area which has been designated by the European Union a NATURA area twice, and in need of special protection. It has been also declared a UNESCO Geopark." https://www.change.org/p/to-the-prime-minister-of-greece-save-the-kavo-sidero-unique-archaeological-and-natural-landscape
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries September 2016 Seminar in Crete, Greece in partnership with Center for Responsible Travel

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries September 2016 Seminar in Crete, Greece in partnership with Center for Responsible Travel
Crete, Greece, September 19-25, 2016:Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network in partnership with The Center for Responsible Travel is hosting a unique program in Crete: Discovering the Culture, Nature and Cuisine of Crete. During this program we will meet many residents working on action programs to protect and celebrate their cultural and culinary heritage.Space is limited to 20 people. Registration Deadline July 15, 2016.More information http://www.cookingincrete.com/Schedule.html  
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The Sultan of Strings

The Sultan of Strings
Sultan Ghani, 63, is Chitral’s celebrated sitar player. He was the founding member and an indispensable figure of Al-Fatah Music Group, named after Fatahuddin, a reputed Khowar singer, who fanned alive the dying ambers of Khowar folk music back in 1980s. Here goes the story of Mr. Ghani in his own narration.I started strumming fifty years back when I was only thirteen year old. In pursuing the passion, I was virtually impressed by my father Abdul Ghani and uncle Purdom, both fine-tuned instrumentalists of the time. They used to play sitting around the central hearth of traditional Chitrali house (baipash) and basking the warmth of oak fire during the long cold winter nights, and I intently listened and observed them.Gradually I felt the urge to touch sitar, caressed its strings and made up mind to play it secretly since children were then discouraged to look at musical instrument, let alone playing...
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Are motorhomes an eco, responsible way to travel?

Are motorhomes an eco, responsible way to travel?
As usual, it basically depends on one’s own attitude.To start with, follow the basic “Leave No Trace” rules, pay attention to any special limitations of the place you visit (e.g national park), respect local culture, and shop locally. Energy (and water) supply is limited in motorhomes (compared with your home or a hotel room). So, unless you are stationed at an organized camp site, you’ll have to reduce your consumption even if you are not so eco-sensitive—this already puts you in a different mindset, which is a good thing. But note that most motorhomes nowadays come with solar panels, which are typically enough to keep you autonomous. Moreover, with a motorhome, you can drive less, as you can see everything you want, without having to return every night to some “base”. There is also plenty of space to carry bicycles, so that you may casually drive around the area and enjoy...
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