David Ahadzie: A True Passion for Preservation

The African nation of Ghana, positioned on West Africa’s coast of Guinea, represents a remarkable centre of history. and rich diversity of wildlife Feyito village born David has ten siblings. After years of job search without success, David returned home to create work for himself in Ada Foah where many tourist attractions were found. With support and training from COAST (Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism) project and other agencies, today he manages a community based ecotourism enterprise linking and guiding many visitors to the local tourism products and services. Working to promote youth employment as a prelude to poverty alleviation, community participation and workforce development, COAST (Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism) plays an active part in development of Ghana’s tourism sector and economy. Through COAST, not only are jobs created – hope is regenerated. COAST is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the implementing agency and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as the executing agency in partnership with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Ali Heydari: Keeping history and community rock solid

Across the Islamic Republic of Iran, the nation and region’s rich history has been told through its remarkable architecture. Yet time has had its impact, with stories held in stone falling to the ground as rock crumbles. In the southwest province of Khuzestan, the people of Dasht Azadegan, Bardye village are working to safeguard their past, through the creation of an ecology network, the village is able to apply experience and expertise to their surroundings, ensuring that their heritage stands tall and proud for the over 125,000 residents of the village, and the growing number of tourists travelling to see and feel the historical beauty warm hospitality of the village.