Fiji’s Cousteau Resort launches a new botanical program for guests

November 8, 2019 by  
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For travelers who want to learn more about the environment they are visiting, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort , a leading eco-luxe property in Fiji, is helping guests do just that with a recently expanded program for botanical education. Guests to the resort can take new tours, where they learn about medicinal and edible plants as well as rare palms. The initiative is part of a larger goal to protect the island’s natural environment. “At our resort, we’ve felt firsthand the great impact nature can have on the mind and the body, so we’re trying to preserve the traditional knowledge of this area, and, in turn, preserve culture,” said Bartholomew Simpson, general manager of the resort. Related: Jean-Michel Cousteau eco resort showcases traditional building Billy Railala, the resort’s expert on traditional herbal medicine , leads the Fijian Medicine Walk. The resort has offered this walk for several years, but recently expanded it to feature more than 120 species of Fijian medicinal flora and fauna. For example, the bark and stems from Fagraea berteriana flowers, or “bua ni viti,” are pressed into liquid and used to treat asthma and other respiratory problems. Fijians dry and burn a feathery bamboo called “bitu,” then mix the ashes with coconut oil to treat burns. Liquid from the small tropical tree Syzygium gracilipes , or “leba,” is used to increase fertility. Edible plants like papaya, guava, taro and avocado flourish in the resort’s two-acre organic garden. Kids can participate in an organic farming program and dress up in chefs’ uniforms to help prepare their own meals. The resort has also been collecting rare palm trees endemic to Fiji. Most are threatened, critically endangered or even extinct in the wild. Horticulture expert and nursery manager Jim Valentine is working with the resort to propagate these rare palms and repopulate Fiji with them. Simpson said, “This initiative not only serves to pay homage to Fijian culture, which is a key mandate of the resort concept, but also serves to remind the younger generation of Fijians of the important uses of these plants and how the elders used them in centuries past; preserving the fragile Fijian culture , which is eroding quickly in the modern age.” + Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Images via Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

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Green light for The World’s first floating luxury homes in Dubai

June 12, 2015 by  
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The World , Dubai’s artificial archipelago of over 300 islands, will soon be home to 33 luxury floating homes , each with its own garden, pool, and beach and tailor-made to the client’s tastes. Created as part of Oqyana World First, these private island homes were recently given the go-ahead by the Dubai-based government entity Nakheel. Architecture firm Waterstudio.NL collaborated with Jean-Michel Cousteau to design the floating islands, which will also be engineered to provide new underwater habitat for sea life. Read the rest of Green light for The World’s first floating luxury homes in Dubai Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amillarah , artificial archipelago , artificial islands , dubai , floating homes , floating islands , jean-michel cousteau , nakheel , Ogyana World First , The World , Waterstudio.nl

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Dispatch from the Gulf Oil Spill: Damage Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

June 9, 2010 by  
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Image courtesy of Philipe Cousteau The day started early as we left New Orleans in the hot muggy morning light. The drive to Grand Isle takes about two hours, plenty of time to contemplate what I was about to see. It had been a week since I was last in Grand Isle and I had heard things were getting worse, but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to see….

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Phillippe Cousteau Joins Bill Maher to Talk Deepwater Disaster (VIDEO)

May 29, 2010 by  
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Philippe dipping his hand into oil on a Louisiana beach. All photos and video courtesy of Philippe Cousteau . Phillippe Cousteau, grandson of French explorer, filmmaker, and ecologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday to explain what we are doing to our oceans and how the BP oil spill will affect the Gulf area

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