Day 2: FAIRtravelling – Landscape of the Year Senegal/the Gambia

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From our accommodation in Koungheul we drive about 10 km to Koumbidja Socé, where, right at the Gambian border, the opening ceremony for the Landscape of the Year will happen. About 800 people, including us 40 travellers from Europe and two Naturefriends from Mali and Mauritania, took part in the festivities. There was a lot of music, cultural performances, speeches, a communal meal and personal encounters with the local community – especially with students, since the event took place in a schoolyard.

„We celebrate the solidarity between the Naturefriends, who support our great organisation worldwide!“, says Moussa Traore (President Naturefriends Mali)

In the afternoon we plant fruit trees together with the local population in their village gardens – a fantastic experience for everyone – it is rare to have a chance for such a personal encounter with the locals.

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Day 1: FAIRtravelling – Landscape of the Year Senegal/the Gambia

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After we arrived on the evening of January 11 at the brand new airport in Dakar (they still need to work on the processing the entry requirements) we stayed at the Naturefriends House Petit Mbao for one night.

The next morning, 12.01., our bags are put on two different busses after we received some information about the next details of our trip – we had also received detailed materials before the tour. Then we were on our way to Koungheul. After a lunch break in Kaolack we visited Koungheul Socé, where in August 2017 fruit trees were planted in the family gardens on behalf of Naturfriends Baden (Germany). Some families proudly showed us how great their trees were doing – thanks to their good care and protection.

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Kommunikation ist nicht alles …  Warum Projekte so oft am Dornröschen-Syndrom scheitern 

Unter welchen Voraussetzungen funktionieren Community Based Tourism-Projekte? Welche Faktoren sind für ihren Erfolg oder Misserfolg ausschlaggebend? Ein wesentlicher Faktor dabei ist die Kommunikation, wie Harald A. Friedl meint. Er ist FH-Professor für Tourismusethik und Nachhaltigkeit am Studiengang „Gesundheitsmanagement im Tourismus“ an der FH JOANNEUM in Bad Gleichenberg (Österreich). Sein Forschungsschwerpunkt ist die Rolle der Kommunikation für den Prozess des Übergangs hin zu einer nachhaltigen Gesellschaft und zu nachhaltigem Tourismus: 

Unsere Welt dreht sich immer schneller, weil sich gesellschaftliche, wirtschaftliche und ökologische Rahmenbedingungen gegenseitig durchdringen und damit komplexer und dynamischer werden. Dadurch stellen sich ständig neue Herausforderungen, wodurch bislang bewährte Lösungsansätze an Geltung verlieren und zudem die Lebensspanne neuer, hilfreicher Antworten auf neue Fragen schrumpft.

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Community Based Tourism as a tool for empowerment and reconciliation – The case of Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka, diverse its natural assets, tropical its climate, rich its cultural and historical heritage, is an island called home by many different ethnic and religious groups. The country is fertile soil for both, good and bad. While friendly, dignified people and breath-taking landscapes dominate the appearance of the small island country, also violence has been present in the everyday lives of the islanders ever since history books record. Changing kings, colonialisation, ethnic and religious tensions and increasing Singhalese nationalism peaked in a violent civil war. During nearly 30 years, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fought for and the Sinhalese lead government on their side fought against the formation of an independent Tamil state in the northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka. In January 2009, the government troops defeated the rebels in a bloody climax and the war was officially over – won by the government troops. With the end of the war however, peace did not completely find its way into the country. Post-war Sri Lanka faced an increasingly authoritarian governance by then president Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was eager to push economic growth in the country in order to smudge the traces of the civil war. For this, he defined tourism to be a key industry for growth and initiated a masterplan for the development of infrastructure with the heavy involvement of the government itself, the military forces and large-scale investors.

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Bigodi Tourism Uganda: Home of the Great Blue Turaco

Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of Western Uganda, in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary forms an important wildlife corridor for Kibale National Park (KNP), which has the highest density of primate life in the world in its forests. The wetland is located in Kamwenge district, 5 kilometers south of famous chimpanzee viewing site at Kanyanchu, in KNP.

The main tourist attractions include primate species such as Black and White Colubus, Red Colubus, Baboon, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed Monkey, Blue and Vervet Monkeys, and the L’Hoest Monkey. There are over 200 bird species recorded in the area including the elusive Great Blue Turaco and the national bird, the Crested Crane.

Here in and around the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, the non-governmental organisation KAFRED – Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development – uses ecotourism and other environmentally sustainable businesses to promote biodiversity conservation and community development.

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Die Geister, die wir riefen: #overtourism im internationalen Jahr des nachhaltigen Tourismus

Ausgerechnet in dem Jahr, das die Welttourismusorganisation UNWTO zum internationalen Jahr des nachhaltigen Tourismus für Entwicklung ausgerufen hat, überschlagen sich die Berichte in den Medien über die schädlichen Auswirkungen des Tourismus geradezu. Das Schlagwort des Sommers – oder besser gesagt der hashtag des Sommers – lautet #overtourism. Schlagzeilen wie „Island: Gran Canaria am Polarkreis“, „Paradise Lost: Warum der Tourismus an seine Grenzen stößt“, „Können bitte mal die Richtigen kommen“ und „An den Grenzen der Gastfreundschaft“ waren in der heurigen Ferienzeit an der Tagesordnung.

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