Since 2020, guests can become acquainted with selected projects such as Smiling Gecko at the local level. This creates remarkable experiences that they will never forget, and raises awareness of urgent issues affecting holiday destinations.
On the DERTOUR round trip “Cambodia’s Treasures”, they can visit the Smiling Gecko Project including lunch.
For Example: Protecting Animals – Women with a Bite!
As one of the most famous game reserves in the world, South Africa’s Krüger National Park is severely threatened by poaching. Here, an exceptional troop is fighting against the killing of animals: the “Black Mambas”. This is what makes them unique: the task force exclusively consists of young women from local tribal communities.
But unlike the eponymous snake, they are not deadly – nor are they even armed. Yet this does not make them less effective: since 2014, the women have successfully destroyed over 1,000 wildlife traps and dismantled 29 poaching camps. Their constant presence in the bush alone has reduced poaching with traps by 89 per cent, and illegal trade in rhinos declined by 67 per cent.
Unfortunately, Corona has also deprived South Africa of tourism revenue and poaching is on the rise again. The DER Touristik Foundation supports refresher training for the Black Mambas – essential for the women, because only by successfully participating in it can they retain their status as wildlife experts! Since 2021, the funding project has also been supported by salary donations from the employees of REWE Group, whose travel division is DER Touristik.
What is more, the DER Touristik Foundation funds the “Bush Babies Programme”: almost 900 children from schools around Krüger National Park obtain information on the topics of environmental education, food security and animal welfare. The project’s aim is to teach young people how to live sustainably and provide for themselves and their families over the long-term.