GAFÉIAS Eco Tourism


Chief Executive Manager (CEM), GAFÉIAS Eco Tourism:

Mag. Phil. Andreas G. Andiel

UNIDO, International Consultant, Rural Entrepreneurship Development

Geography, Urban and Regional Research

University of Vienna, Austria;

Association & Conference Management,




Chief Operations Officer (COO), GAFÉIAS Eco Tourism:

Martha Hailu

Industry Sales & Customer Service, Industry Logistics






→ Travel business, tour operator: 7cs - SEVEN SEAS REISEN UND TOURISTIK

CEO: Martin Stacherl, email:

→ 7cs Leistungen / Services  (download)



Status: concept evaluation (2015-01/02)

Video: Martin und seine Boote

Für den Wiener Zahnarzt Dr. Martin Mai sind Boote "wie grosse Backenzähne". Seine Werft KKG stellt aufwendig und akribisch Kleinserien von Mehrrumpfbooten her, die in Form und Verarbeitung wohl einzigartig sind. Portrait eines Freundes



  • GAÉFIAS / NUSSAFE North - South Organic Farmers Experience Sharing Program, On-Farm Bio-Farming Training in Ethiopia

Status: invitation (2012-11), training (2012-12 till 2013-01), report (2013-02), publication (2013-03)

Training Plan Ethiopia 2012-12/2013-01 (download)

→ Mission Report Ethiopia 2012-12/2013-01 (download)


Mission Statement:

Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas, intended as a low impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Several university programs use this description as the working definition of ecotourism.

Generally, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, or "voluntourism", personal growth and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. One of the goals of ecotourism is to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.

Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities. For these reasons, ecotourism often appeals to environmental and social responsibility advocates.








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