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Familiar Chat Back Issues-June 2014 Familiar Chat

BIRDLIFE Botswana is on a mission to promote community interest in the welfare of birds. Education has been the primary method, but the potential for communities to raise money throughavi-tourismisnow being explored. Shougo Moroishi, our Jica (Japan International Cooperation Agency) volunteer and Virat Kootsositse, BirdLife’s Project Manager, recently attended the Tourism Expo – Indaba2014 and workshops organised by Jica on tourismissuesheld in Durban SA. • They had the opportunity to meet with people working on similar projects in other parts of southern Africa along with professional tour companies already runningbird safaris. • Interestingly, Virat and Shougo were the only delegates at the Indaba working for a conservationbased organisation. • They had the opportunity to learn from experts in community project development and marketing strategy. • Perhaps not surprisingly, the focus of the Jica workshops was the Japanese tourism market. However, our delegates found it difficult to make an impact on the tour companies, who failed to recognise the attractions of a holiday in Botswana. • BIRDLIFE will return next year even better prepared, as a result of knowledge gained this year! • Anyone interested in the Japanese attitude to tourism in Africa might be interested to read the 202 page document mentioned below. It is obviously an issue which has been given considerable thought! • OVERVIEW OF TOURISM TO AFRICA -with reference to the Asian and Japanese outbound markets • http:/ /www.tic ad.net/res ource/pdf/ Overview_of_Touris mto_Afric a_with_referenc e_to_the_As ian_and_Japanes e_outbound_markets.pdf • The delegation was sponsored by Jica and RETOSA (Regional Tourism Association of Southern

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Familiar Chat Back Issues-October 2014 Familiar Chat

WHO? If you are interested in learning about birds, you are welcome! WHAT? We walk slowly for a couple of kilometres and look for birds. You need binoculars, a bird ID book is useful. A vehicle which can deal with bumpy, overgrown tracks is useful, but not essential. However - don’t set off without folding chairs and the makings of a picnic. WHEN and WHERE? The 1st Sunday and the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6.30am meeting on the Molapo Crossing Car Park. The Sunday walks are permanent fixtures as demand is high. The Saturday programme, for beginners only, is a recent addition and depends on the level of interest. Check the website for details. WHY? “Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster. Findings suggest that something as simple as joining an outdoor walking group may not only improve someone’s daily positive emotions but may also contribute a nonpharmacological approach to serious conditions like depression.” Researchers evaluated 1,991 participants from the Walking for Health program in England, which helps facilitate nearly 3,000 weekly walks and draws more than 70,000 regular walkers a year. “Given the increase in mental ill health and physical inactivity in the developed world, we are constantly exploring new, accessible ways to help people improve their long term quality of life and well-being,” “Group walks in local natural environments may make a potentially important contribution to public health and be beneficial in helping people cope with stress and experience improved emotions.

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