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After the Floods in Kerala

The devastating floods and landslides in the South Indian state of Kerala destroyed a large part of the crops. In the mountain district of Wayanad, farmers hardly have any resources to reinvest in rice farming again after the flood. Now community tourism tied to agriculture is seen as a …

In Dash for Cash

The Maldives government is endangering coral reefs in pursuit of urbanisation and opaque mega-deals with foreign investors. After a 2016 ocean heat wave that killed 70 to 80 percent of the country’s surface corals, widespread dredging and land reclamation threatens their recovery. Under …

Mangroves under Threat

There once was a beautiful tropical island afloat in the pale blue waters of the Caribbean called Bimini, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his well-known novel “Islands in the Stream.” Luxuriant coral reefs and mangroves provided safe refuge for bountiful marine life including a myriad …

Fishery and Tourism in the Caribbean

“Sea, sand and sun is what tourists look for in the Caribbean”, says Mitchel Lay. The 52-year-old father of five is from Antigua and Barbuda. He goes to the seaside himself almost every day. However, unlike the tourists not in order to swim, but to fish. As a professional fisherman and …

Less "Fun", More Challenges

Tourism is a booming industry in the Philippines. This trend has been running for a couple of years now, making this Southeast Asian republic one of the rising stars in the global tourism industry. In 2012 alone, the number of visitors increased to 4.3 million from 3.9 million the previous …

Learning From Each Other in Thailand

By Alfredo Quarto and Jim Enright News of the tsunami on 26 December 2004 shook the world by the sheer number of deaths and severity of this unprecedented natural disaster. However, time passing has eased memories and we are now slowly forgetting the human tragedy that greed and …
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