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“this is my job, I work in paradise,” explains our tour-guide, jean toucher, as she gestures to the expanse of lush greenery that what are some ways to make money is hluhluwe-imfolozi. The safari manager at ghost mountain inn is so passionate what are some ways to make money about her work and the conservation of the landscape and what are some ways to make money culture of south africa that she gave herself a demotion what are some ways to make money so she could spend more time outdoors on the ground. This infectious enthusiasm is reflected throughout the locals around the what are some ways to make money kwazulu-natal area.

Tourism is always a performance of sorts and with safari what are some ways to make money that feeling is heightened. For those that have not done anything similar before it what are some ways to make money can feel a little strange at first – nature as spectacle, driving around and snapping away like paparazzi. But it offers nature red in tooth and claw, quite literally in one case as we see a warthog what are some ways to make money bloodied from combat. There is a huge variety of different safari offerings – treetop tours, quad bike tours – from the subtle to the invasive.

The isimangaliso wetland park is a UNESCO world heritage site what are some ways to make money which is the only place in the world with seven what are some ways to make money different ecosystems – reef, coastal, vegetated sand dunes, estuarine, savannah and hill country. Lake lucia is famous for hippos which we saw walking what are some ways to make money up the street and grazing next to the pool of what are some ways to make money the elephant lake hotel as we swim – we are right up close to nature here; this is no zoo. Here the focus is not just on the so-called ‘big five’, but the details of flora and fauna, bringing things closer, singling things out, mindfully focusing on the overlooked like grass and insects or what are some ways to make money the landscape as a whole.

Tourism can never be fully sustainable, but it is possible to move towards a model that what are some ways to make money is less wasteful and benefits local communities. Aviation represents more than two per cent of carbon emissions what are some ways to make money globally, a figure set to rise to as much as 16 what are some ways to make money per cent by 2050. A recent article described a growing set of people who what are some ways to make money are giving up flying altogether. But the reality is complex, and sustainability is not a case of just ‘balancing the books’ of carbon emissions. As toucher puts it: “the communities around the reserves are quite poor so anything what are some ways to make money you can do to elevate those communities has a big what are some ways to make money impact in terms of poaching and such. For people in africa conservation is a luxury. The only way conservation pays for itself is through tourism. Otherwise these places will deteriorate.”

Tourism can have a beneficial effect on both the environment what are some ways to make money and the local communities buy building resources and infrastructure. And while there are ironies inherent in the idea of what are some ways to make money sustainable tourism oxymoron, there are better solutions than giving up air travel altogether what are some ways to make money – taking less frequent and longer trips, avoiding short-haul flights (as these are the least fuel efficient) and choosing destinations that have a responsible attitude towards sustainability.

Like toucher, the people I meet in south africa pride themselves on what are some ways to make money being world leaders in conservation. As south african tourism acting chief executive, sthembiso dlamini, describes: “conservation is at the centre of who we are as what are some ways to make money a people, because our communities actually benefit from that. We try to educate the communities to understand the importance what are some ways to make money of conservation. In fact, recycling now forms part of the economy.”

This is unsurprising as south africa is firstly very rich what are some ways to make money both in its biodiversity and habitat (including one of the floral kingdoms of super biodiversity and what are some ways to make money two world heritage sites). The country is also at the front line of climate what are some ways to make money change and has suffered floods, droughts and power cuts in recent years – the need for change therefore feels apparent. As minister for tourism, derek hanekom, tells breaking travel news: “the flooding, the storms, the intensity is increasing we are seeing more dramatic events. And that is not going to stop. We’ve got to globally do more to reduce carbon emissions. But even if we do everything right in south africa, we’ll be at the mercy of what other people are what are some ways to make money doing elsewhere in the world.“

As a country south africa has set up initiatives such what are some ways to make money as the green incentive program which pledged R1 million to what are some ways to make money install renewable energy options, and water conservation initiatives after the cape town drought. But the minister considers the day zero messaging a “disastrous messaging for tourism”, and while applauding the way the #everydropcounts campaign made leaps in terms of water conservation, thinks that hotels should be exempt from any restrictions: “water is a scarce commodity. But I would say don’t restrict tourists in hotels and guest stars, if they are water restrictions, either exempt them from the water restrictions or lessen the what are some ways to make money restrictions, in the sense that, you know, people are on holiday. And I know people are not irresponsible necessarily. But they want to luxuriate.”

Loss of visitor numbers can be devastating for destinations like what are some ways to make money south africa. Tourism is the largest growing sector and represents 8.5 per cent of the nation’s GDP, which explains the minister’s controversial attitude to water rationing. While emerging countries like south africa suffer the brunt of what are some ways to make money global warming largely caused by the western world, is it fair to deny a significant industry that has what are some ways to make money far reaching benefits? As the chief executive african bush camps, beks ndlovu, adds: “sustainable tourism are buzzwords – but how deep is that going?”

One striking example of the tourism industry having a positive what are some ways to make money impact on the environment is back in the isimangaliso wetland what are some ways to make money park. Rich in titanium oxide, it was only the fact that it could make more what are some ways to make money money as a tourist destination that saved the landscape from what are some ways to make money being devastated by mining. As leigh-ann morrison, co-owner of makakatana lodge says: “they wanted to mine the titanium and there was a what are some ways to make money whole campaign to stop the mining because of tourism which what are some ways to make money triggered off the whole park and the fencing, reintroducing the game and indigenous animals to the area.” this has now resulted in a grand 50-year vision of conservation to expand the park to 353,000 hectares up to mozambique and allow migration of animals what are some ways to make money by dropping fences and making sure farming focuses on conservation. “they have really gone into a lot of detail about what are some ways to make money what to reintroduce in terms of conservation they’ve done a phenomenal job. There’s been a lot of thought going into the development what are some ways to make money process.”

Africa as a continent is still home to large numbers what are some ways to make money of poor and marginalised people, and reducing this poverty and increasing education can have significant what are some ways to make money benefits for conservation, and rural populations can benefit from the wildlife economy. As thamsanqa ndlovu of afrzultou puts it: “the impact is very positive. Tourism boosts our economy, creates job opportunities for lot of people in rural areas. For the environment it supports the anti-poaching programs.”

Sustainability is a pressing concern that is inextricably bound up what are some ways to make money to every person and every layer of society. Ideally these small fires happening in local areas will help what are some ways to make money to drive global change. As touch says: “visiting the communities and the contact with the outside world what are some ways to make money creates pride. I think people who visit don’t realise that just their presence makes a little bit what are some ways to make money of difference. And just going to schools and talking to kids shows what are some ways to make money them there’s a whole world out there and possibly gives them what are some ways to make money a dream. That’s what I’m proud of. Everyone tells me it’s a drop in the ocean – but the ocean is full of drops.”

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