Ibo Island Lodge and Conservation International Team Up to Protect Mozambiquan Culture

6/3/2011

 

Denver, CO – Today, Ibo Island Lodge and Conservation International’s Verde Ventures, announce the fifth anniversary of the launch of Ibo Island Lodge. Situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique and nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, Ibo Island is one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique, dating back to 600AD. Ibo Island Lodge and Verde Ventures worked together to develop this project, which has emerged as a shining example in Mozambique of how tourism, economic growth and conservation can work hand in hand.

A pristine environment with no commercial developments, Ibo is also the headquarters of the Quirimbas National Park. Verde Ventures – which provides loans to small- and medium-sized businesses that contribute to healthy ecosystems and human well-being – selected Ibo Island as an important tourism initiative and provided loans to support the further development of guided and interactive cultural and heritage experiences.

Aside from exploring the outstanding marine environment and beautiful sand bank beaches that surround the island, guests at Ibo Island Lodge also experience guided cultural tours of Ibo’s stone town and outlining villages conducted by Ibo people who recount the fascinating and unique history and culture of Ibo. Other guest experiences include guided sea kayak excursions, bird safaris with a professional ornithologist, massage, island-hopping safaris, fishing and diving. Ibo Island Lodge also supports the Silver Smiths Project, where guests can visit traditional silver smiths who hand craft exquisite intricate Ibo silver jewelry using ancient Arab techniques and tools.

“Ibo is perfect to stroll around and explore on one’s own,” said Kevin Record, who owns Ibo Island Lodge along with his wife Fiona. “The islanders are hugely friendly and guests can sample a slice of Ibo life. We believe that supporting and creating employment, training and projects on Ibo serves to create income and livelihoods for members of these communities, and most importantly takes the pressure off the need to survive on subsistence fishing – both destructive to the reefs and conservation as a whole. Ibo Island Lodge supports nearly 600 people on the island.”

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Ibo Island Lodge recognizes the important role of business in the conservation of biodiversity, and how by employing local people contributes to human well-being and preservation of natural resources in the region. Ibo Island Lodge operates by one philosophy, to live in a manner that does not despoil, exhaust or extinguish the pristine and unique environment in which it is situated. To learn more about Ibo Island Lodge please visit Ibo Island at www.iboisland.com or email info@iboisland.com.

Conservation International - Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the long term well-being of people. Founded in 1987, CI has headquarters in the Washington, DC area, and nearly 900 employees working in more than 30 countries on four continents, plus 1,000+ partners around the world. For more information, visit  www.consevation.org and follow us on Twitter: @ ConservationOrg or Facebook: www.facebook.com/conservation.intl

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