Zeitz Foundation based in Kenya
Feb. 6, 2013
-- LIMA, Peru,
– Peru’s visionary leader in sustainable tourism, Rainforest Expeditions http://www.perunature.com/
, announces that through the work of Posadas Amazonas, one of its three eco lodges in the Peruvian rainforest, it has been accepted into the Zeitz Foundation Long Run Alliance (http://zeitzfoundation.org/)
The announcement was made by Dr. Anne-Kathrin Zschiegner, Long Run Initiative Coordinator, Zeitz Foundation that promotes an innovative approach to sustainable ecosystem management which aims to achieve sustainability through a balance of conservation, community, culture and commerce (the 4Cs). The organization has headquarters in Kenya.
The Long Run initiative provides trustworthy places on earth in which new technologies and approaches can be pioneered. The Zeitz Foundation works in all four corners of the globe with Long Run Supporters (http://www.zeitzfoundation.org/index.php?page=initiatives...)
, Long Run Alliance Members (http://www.zeitzfoundation.org/index.php?page=initiatives...)
and Long Run Destinations (http://www.zeitzfoundation.org/index.php?page=initiatives...)
. These are enterprises around the world that work towards environmental sustainability while fostering community development and cultural stewardship. With membership come interface opportunities with like-minded groups as well as marketing and branding opportunities.
To find out more, visit www.zeitzfoundation.org and www.thelongrun.com or connect with the Zeitz Foundation on Facebook (Zeitz Foundation (http://www.facebook.com/
Posada Amazonas is now in a community of several international environments currently targeted for special interest by the foundation.
“To be part of this exclusive community is exciting and challenging,”
said Rainforest Expeditions founder, Kurt Holle.
Posada Amazonas (http://www.perunature.com/
is owned by and located within a communal reserve of the indigenous Ese’eja of Infierno who manage it in partnership with Rainforest Expeditions. Some 170 native and ribereño (second or third generation settlers) families work and profit from this 30-room (each with private bath) lodge, wellness and holistic center for massage and aromatherapy, and dining. A common area includes (a hammock lounge, a meeting room and a bar) A 30-meter scaffolding Canopy Tower offers views of the vast expanses of standing forest and Tambopata River. Resident are toucan, parrot and macaw; hoatzin, caiman and horned screamer. From a catamaran on Lake Tres are sightings of a family of Giant River Otters. Activities include walking an ethno botanical trail, visiting a working vegetable farm, community visits, kayaking and mountain biking. http://www.perunature.com/
is a Peruvian ecotourism company that shares with visitors in a sustainable manner the miracles of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, 1.5 million hectares of pristine, still wild, tropical rainforest encompassing an area of land the size of Connecticut and stretching from the Andean highlands to the Amazon lowlands. It includes the Tambopata National Reserve (http://www.perunature.com/
, a 275,000-hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers. Conservation and ecotourism is helping to protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.
Since 1989, guests of first one and now three Rainforest Expedition eco-lodges have added value to the region’s standing tropical rainforest. A sensitively conceived and managed (in some cases by native communities)
touristic infrastructure creates a competitive alternative to such unsustainable economic uses as clear cutting the forest for timber or for cattle grazing. The partnerships Rainforest Expeditions has forged with local people eager to share Amazonian traditions with guests provide connection, expertise, adventure and access to wildlife in the jungles of Tambopata. Rainforest Expeditions has been verified and certified “a sustainable tourism business” by the Rainforest Alliance http://www.rainforest-
string of three jungle lodges is accessed from Puerto Maldonado airport with flights arriving daily from Lima or Cusco. Motorized wooden canoes then take guests on a 45-minute trip to the first lodge, Posada Amazonas. Refugio Amazonas, the second lodge, is a 3.5-hour boat trip from Puerto Maldonado. The third and most remote is Tambopata Research Center, requiring a 4-hour additional upriver boat ride from Refugio Amazonas. Each lodge is only a few minutes on foot from the river bank. See: http://www.perunature.com/
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