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Sustainable raft tourism
Sustainability

Does sustainable raft tourism exist?

Can travel for rafting be considered eco, responsible or sustainable raft tourism? By its very nature, rafting involves travel. In the traditional sense, rafting involves lashing logs together and poling or paddling on water. Human powered transportation of goods or people assisted by water flow from one point to another. Today rafting is more commonly

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Para Rafting
Para Rafting

Never stop pushing limits: Jezza Williams’ story of determination

Imagine suddenly finding yourself no longer able to go rafting. One day you’re a great adventurer, enjoying the wilds of nature, guiding in stunning locations around the world. And the next, you’re a tetraplegic. That freedom has been whipped away from you in an instant. How would you cope with this? This is what happened

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Sustainable adventures in Scotland
Sustainability

Sustainable adventures in Scotland

It’s been a tough period for most rafting operators. With tight budgets, why would anyone consider limiting their operating model to be more sustainable? We asked Chris Wain (owner operator of Unique Adventure Tours Scotland) how he has made sustainable adventures in Scotland possible. Unique Adventure Tours Scotland is a fledgeling business based in Highland

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Adversity to Hope Rios Tropicales
Sustainability

From adversity to hope: Rios Tropicales passes the baton

A pillar of rafting operators the world over, Rios Tropicales has called time and is passing the baton. From adversity to hope is the message from Rafael Gallo, CEO of Rios Tropicales and IRF Honorary President. By Rafael Gallo. For 35 years, Rios Tropicales has led Costa Rica adventure travel and ecotourism. We pioneered whitewater

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Practical Guide to Sustainability
Sustainability

A practical guide to sustainability for rafters

There’s a lot of talk about climate change and climate action – but what does it mean in practical terms for rafters? We have developed a short series of guides to support rafting operators, instructors, guides and recreational rafters in making informed sustainability decisions. The guides set out simple steps and ideas to get started

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Stop the Batoka Gorge Dam
Sustainability

Save the Zambezi – Stop the Batoka Gorge Dam

Urgent effort is required to stop the Batoka Gorge dam on the Zambezi river. This world renowned stretch of river is planned to be dammed for the purported benefits of hydro-electric production. The International Rafting Federation is vehemently opposed to the construction of the Batoka Gorge dam. Our objections to the dam have been lodged

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protect rivers
Sustainability

A global call to protect rivers and rights

International Rivers, Rivers without Boundaries and other partners are seeking our active support in a global call to protect rivers for a just and green recovery, at www.Rivers4Recovery.org – sign up! Hydropower – the false “green” energy This global action focuses on calling out and confronting efforts to use the post-COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery to

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World Virtual Youth Festival
Development

World Virtual Youth Festival closes on a high

As the world faced life changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Through Sports joined forces with over 100 organisations in 2020 to promote inclusion, equality, non-discrimination and peace for and with the youth of the world through the World Virtual Youth Festival. Awards Gala On the 19 December, the Leaving a Legacy Awards Gala

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