- Philippines’ Masungi Geoserve has received the international recognition for its sustainable tourism practices
- It was nominated along with 200 other projects around the world
- The award was presented during a special awards ceremony in St. Petersburg in Russia last September 10
The Philippines’ Masungi Geoserve has won a United Nations World Tourism Organization recognition as one of the most sustainable and innovative projects around the world.
According to a report the recognition from the United Nations was given to the Masungi Geoserve during a special awards ceremony in St. Petersburg in Russia last September 10.
“We are very honored to be recognized alongside more established organizations from across the world,” Masungi Georeserve Foundation trustee and National Geographic explorer Ann Dumaliang said.
“Masungi is quite young and highly local, and to be acclaimed at this stage, in front of hundreds of tourism ministers and high-ranking officials from the United Nations, is a rare feat,” Dumaliang added.
Geoserve Masungi is a conservation site in the Philippines situated in the Southern Sierra Madre range in Baras, Rizal, where limestone formations can be found. It features a discovery trail that allows guests to go through the conservation area within three to four hours.
The trail is lined with rock and concrete blocks making it easy to cover the area. One has to go up and down the train and even go through a hanging bridge, which is an integral part of the full trail.
“The recognition inspires our team to continue the difficult but important work we are doing and make the country proud. With this prestigious award we would like to invite more organizations and government entities to join us in this victory and support our conservation efforts decisively,” Dumaliang said.
The top award for the enterprises category was, however, presented to V resorts of India. The Masungi Geoserve team couldn’t be more grateful for being recognized out of almost 200 projects nominated worldwide.
“Besides our team on the ground who worked tirelessly to keep Masungi alive, we also dedicate this award to two of our fiercest champions whom we lost this year, renowned geologist Dr. Rolly Pena and environmentalist Gina Lopez,” Dumaliang expressed.