South Africa Celebrates National Parks Week 2016

South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrates National Parks Week from September 12-16 in most of South Africa’s national parks, some of which celebrate the week for a week (through September 18). Free access is given to day visitors, with a particular focus on attracting people from local communities. Free access to parks does not in …

Ho’olaule’a!! Celebrating the Pacific Islands Festival on the Ninth Island

Henderson, Nevada – We’re looking for conversation starters at this weekend’s Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival (September 10-11) organized by the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club. Details on Facebook  and Twitter @LasVegasHCC Quick. Can you say Papahānaumokuākea? Have a listen. How about Ho’olaule’a? I am outside of my linguistic comfort zone, so I embrace the opportunity to learn by listening. The Henderson …

Can ecotourism get its groove back?

Can ecotourism get its groove back? For 20+ years Planeta.com has been the Global Journal of Practical Ecotourism. We’ve been covering the subject warts and all since 1994. During this time …. we’ve been tracking a decline and perhaps a fatigue when it comes to the word ‘ecotourism.’ As much as I like and value my interpretation …

Mexico’s Culinary Histories

Livestreaming today and en español: México, sus cocinas y sus historias culinarias (Mexico’s kitchens and culinary histories). Speaker: Sarah Bak-Geller Corona http://www.enah.edu.mx/index.php/transmisiones México, sus cocinas y sus historias culinarias Key Links http://www.enah.edu.mx https://www.facebook.com/ENAH.oficial https://www.youtube.com/user/ENAHTV Tweets by ENAH_oficial Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/mxfood Comments from the video Estamos dando el prestigio que merece las historias culinarias en México o que hacemos …

Be Inspired! Patrick Ching at the Volcano Art Center

Our virtual tour of Hawai’i continues. On Thursday, September 8th, 7-9pm, Volcano Art Center presents Patrick Ching’s “Inspiration of a Hawaii Wildlife Artist.” Patrick is one of our favorite artists in the world and we would love to check out the Volcano Art Center whose tagline ‘Where People, Art & Nature Meet’ ticks all the boxes. …

#IUCNCongress Buzzword Bingo Card #1

Our 2016 #IUCNCongress Buzzword Bingo is a mix of the aspirational, the nerdy wonk words, hashtags and gems. Suggestions are welcome. Buzzword Bingo cards can be printed and shared without charge. Fans are encouraged to remix the artworkwith the attribution-sharealike license. Aichi – App – Attention – Audience – Biodiversity – Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard – …

Encouraging Engagement

One of the greatest challenges for those working in conservation and tourism, economic development and job creation is how to develop engagement with the public — critical if we wish to encourage sustainable practices. Engagement (aka ‘meaningful interaction’) needs to be central to our work, not an add-on. We need an engagement strategy as much as any …