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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 1

tropical island with environment wording

This series on Environmental Tourism is published in three parts. Part 1 deals with the main impact areas of Environmental Tourism. Environmental Tourism, – also referred to as Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Tourism – are terms rooted in the ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 2

a golf course with environment wording

Part 1 in this series covers environmental impacts. Part 2 deals with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Environmental Impacts of Tourism – Global Level Loss of Biological Diversity Biological diversity is the term given to the variety of life ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 3

picture of a butterfly with environment wording

Part 1 in this series covered environmental impacts, while Part 2 dealt with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Part 3, deals with the environmental conservation aspect of tourism. Tourism and Environmental Conservation The tourism industry can contribute to ...

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New Frog Species Discovered in South Africa

Strawberry Frog - April Fool

Cape Town, 01 April 2020 – A new frog species discovered in the Western Cape province of South Africa, so closely resembles a strawberry that it has been named the Strawberry Frog or scientifically as Phyllobates Fragaria Lirpa. By Tourism Tattler ...

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African Acacia Thorn Trees Reclassified

African Acacia tree against an orange sunset

Africa’s thorny trees and shrubs are no longer “Acacias.” The taxonomic status of these trees proposed in 2003 has been adopted. The genus Acacia is reserved for the Australian native species while Africa will now have to call its acacias ...

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Strange but True facts on just about Everything

Tattler's Believe It Or Not

From Ants to Zebras, this A-Z list of strange but true facts on just about anything and everything is an ongoing project that you are welcome to contribute towards. STRANGE BUT TRUE ALCOHOL FACTS Absinthe is another name for the ...

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SA Harvest launches in South Africa

SA Harvest, an NPC committed to food rescue in South Africa, hosted their official launch at The Service Dining Rooms, Cape Town, on Wednesday 16 October, aptly, on World Food Day. The organisation’s purpose is to eliminate hunger and food waste through ...

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Pros and Cons of Single-Use Plastic Alternatives

Mountains of single use plastic at Coastal Park Landfill in Muizenberg, Cape Town

What sustainable options are available to replace single-use plastics and what are their advantages and disadvantages? It’s no surprise that the world has woken up to the disadvantages and negative impact of single-use plastics. More and more, we are seeing ...

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Holidays That Help Save The Ocean

First Group hotel managers sipping a milkshake

First Group has launched a holiday campaign that aims to help save the oceans – a project that goes beyond introducing eco-friendly straws across its 30 hotels and resorts.  First Group’s 13 beachfront properties have introduced fun beach clean-up activities ...

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Hotel Group Adopts Plastic-Free Straw Initiative

Plastic-free straw in beverage

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 January 2019 – In alignment with the plastic-free straw commitment of leading hotel group Accor Hotels, Mercure Hotels South Africa has fully adopted the initiative from January 2019 across their branches in Randburg, Midrand, Bedfordview and Nelspruit. Prior to the initiative ...

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Environmental Collapse Threatens Vulture Fledgelings

injured cape vulture

An alarming number of vulture rehabilitation cases have been recorded by VulPro for the months of December 2018 and early January 2019. VulPro, an NGO that works tirelessly to safeguard Africa’s vulture populations through rescue and rehabilitation, reports that most ...

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Seychelles Bans Plastic Straws

Plastic straws in cocktails

In another step to help protect the environment of Seychelles, the importation of single-use plastic straws will be banned as of 01 February 2019.  According to the Seychelles News Agency, the island nation’s ministry of environment will ban the importation of ...

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The uMfolozi: A Conservation Story

Zulu Chief

The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a special conservation story – the story of how Dr Ian Player started a global effort to save the rhino from extinction, and how years later five tribal chiefs contributed their land to conserve ...

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Why water is more than just a ‘drinking’ problem

Cape Town Marathon Trail Run Water Station

Water is everything. Literally. Besides being the lifeblood of the planet’s biological species, it is also used to produce everything we as humans make and consume. In recent times, the Western Cape has faced the possibility of running out of ...

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Argentina Proclaims New National Park

Ibera National Park Argentina

ARGENTINA, 05 December 2018 – the National Congress has approved the creation of the Iberá National Park, located in the Province of Corrientes, on the northeast of Argentina. The park has as a surface of 159,800 hectares and is one of ...

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Seychelles Launches Blue Bond for Healthy Oceans

Seychelles Blue Bond

SEYCHELLES, 06 November 2018 – The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond — a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. The bond, which raised US$15 million from international investors, demonstrates ...

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Mozambique Ranked Greenest Country In The World

As global citizens celebrate World Environment Health Day today, research from energy comparison experts MoneySuperMarket reveals that Mozambique causes the least impact on the world’s climate while South Africa is listed as Africa’s biggest polluter. As research into climate change continues, it only ever becomes ...

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Cleaning Up The Green Lodge Movement

In recent years, the terms ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘going green’ are becoming increasingly popular. With the millennial generation calling for establishments to become “woke” about green living and green hospitality (among other things), there is a higher demand than ever before on ...

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Western Cape Plans To Reduce Plastic Waste

CAPE TOWN, 13 July 2018 – The Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Tourism, James Vos, met earlier this week with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to discuss steps to reduce plastic shopping bag waste. “We are happy to report that the ...

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Wesgro Launches FLOW Offset for #WaterWiseTourism

Cape Town, Wednesday 18 April 2018. Today, the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, launched the world’s first water-offset tool, My Water Foot Print, as part of a bid to boost #WaterWiseTourism in Cape Town and the Western ...

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Benguela Current Health Check

A sustainable Benguela Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system, it needs regular health check-ups, and significant progress in ...

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The Impact of Drought on SA’s Wildlife Environment

To provide a better understanding of Tourism Tattler’s feature regarding the impact of drought on South Africa’s game reserves and wildlife environment – and with specific reference to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (HiP) reserve – I have repeated an article ...

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Taking Action Against Plastic

Boy on beach looking at plastic waste

To kerb the disastrous environmental impact of plastics, a new report released by the World Economic Forum provides a tangible plan for the global plastics industry to take action across all types of plastic packaging. In just over half a ...

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Enviro Rehab Project in Eastern Cape

A long-term project that aims to eradicate alien invasive plant species and re-introduce endemic flora is underway at Lalibela Private Game Reserve, located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape province of South Africa. By Des Langkilde. Following the sale of Lalibela ...

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War Against Alien Invasive Trees

The ‘big guns’ in the arsenal of alien invader trees are the Australian wattles (Acacia spp.), gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.), pines, poplars, weeping willows and mesquite. By 2010, these plants had spread over 16% of South Africa’s land area – ...

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Case Study: The Boardwalk’s Environmental Sustainability

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth continues to subscribe by its mantra; reduce, reuse and recycle − a commitment to promote and conserve a sustainable environment and community, while reducing waste and energy consumption. As captured in ...

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Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for naught, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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STPP supports Climate Leadership Corps Training

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) and the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme have announced training dates for the popular Climate Reality Leadership Corps, which currently includes more than 6000 Climate Leaders from over 100 countries. Now in their seventh year, these ...

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Responsible Tourism & the Environment

The Earth Day Network will be promoting its Green Cities campaign on 22 April 2014. Launched in 2013, the Green Cities campaign aims to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three ...

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Mtunzini Conservancy: Appeal against Water use license of TRONOX

This message is about the campaign to address the proposed sand dune mining to the South of the town of Mtunzini, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Mtunzini Conservancy (Reg. No. 2007/006455/08) is a Non Profit Company (NPC) with Section 18A ...

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Samara Introduces New Mandela Landscapes Tour

Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape, is delighted to announce a new seven day tour which will celebrate the life and origins of the great Nelson Mandela.  The Eastern Cape was the centre of the Apartheid ...

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BirdLife South Africa welcomes code of conduct for wind energy

BirdLife South Africa has welcomed the recent launch of the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) recommended Code of Conduct for Wind Energy Development. It is often suggested that birds and wind energy are not compatible.  While it is true ...

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Access to Climate Change Finance

The National Business Initiative’s latest research report presents a private sector view on eleven barriers to climate finance in South Africa with a view to enhancing Green Climate Funding in the country, writes Marjorie Dean. The National Business Initiative (NBI) ...

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Eco-Entrepreneurs needed to save our earth

Whilst capitalism is certainly responsible for most, if not all our current environmental problems – it is also the most effective tool we have to address the environmental crisis we face. writes Jason Drew. We have used capitalism and markets ...

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