On June 22 2020, Regeneration Projects coordinated the social media for the third annual celebration of World Bathing Day. The Bathe the World Foundation initiative brought together bathing tourism enthusiasts in 20 countries, achieving a reach of over 500,000 people. Aided by online communications, this uplifting display of unity provided much needed hope amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, through the support of Australia's Victorian Tourism Industry Council and Peninsula Hot Springs, Matt Sykes assembled a 2030 vision for a 900km hot springs and bathing tourism route along Victoria's southern coastline. The Great Victorian Bathing Trail strategy is based on global research through Japan, China, Nordic region, UK and USA.
Regeneration Projects is now facilitating a new cross-sector alliance to enable the GVBT's realisation.
Peninsula Hot Springs Group, together with local East Gippsland partners Adrian and Rachel Bromage, is embarking on the design and development of an iconic wellness destination in southeast Australia - Metung Hot Springs. We are now developing a regenerative framework and strategy which will support them in setting a new global benchmark for hot springs community development.
Building on a professional relationship dating back to 2017, Regeneration Projects is working on an innovative cross-cultural education experience in collaboration with with Elder N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM and game designer Troy Innocent. The project seeks to combine traditional First Peoples' knowledge with the latest digital and Augmented Reality technology, providing deep learning experiences for students, corporate leaders and travellers.
Regeneration Projects ran the team from this progressive and young-spirited skincare brand through a 'Regen 101' during our initial piloting phase. It opened up a new perspective on the impacts of between their products and the waterways, communities and cultures that Sunbutter cares so much about.
Also based on the Mornington Peninsula, we continue to collaborate through social media activities and our shared membership with 1% for the Planet.
On July 23 2020, the inaugural Ranger Roundtable brought together the world's foremost conservation leaders and organisations to address the impacts of COVID-19 on Rangers. Regeneration Projects supported the event planning and mind-mapped the conversation for the key partners.
We have been involved with formalising the core partner alliance and now working towards a second Roundtable in October 2020. This is a critical collaboration for the upcoming 2021-2030 Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and foundational for post-COVID-19 ecotourism and economic diversification in protected areas, as well as enabling continued Ranger employment and essential operations.
The Thin Green Line Foundation works with Rangers at the frontline of conservation, 'protecting nature's protectors'. Regeneration Projects has facilitated a strategic review and development process for the organisation, interwoven with regenerative development principles.
We also support TGLF's activities in Africa, South America and the Asia-Pacific region through our annual 1% for the Planet business membership.
Building on a professional relationship dating back to 2013, Regeneration Projects continues to work with the team behind Australia's first multi-day Aboriginal luxury guided walk.
In January, this involved the review and development of operational manuals, in collaboration with young Palawa Aboriginal guides. We are now exploring ways to support the rekindling of traditional knowledge through social media and technology.
One of the major opportunities identified in the Great Victorian Bathing Trail strategy was for the City of Melbourne to make its iconic Yarra River safe to swim in by 2030. This is in line with benchmarks in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, London, Paris, Berlin and New York City. The river is known as Birrarung by local Aboriginal people, which means 'river of mists'.
Regeneration Projects continues to work with a range of stakeholders to achieve this important civic legacy.
Regeneration Projects piloted our first 'Regen Roadmap' with the team behind this incredible biodegradable (& compostable) cling wrap business. By embracing online communications through COVID-19 lockdown, we were able to equip the inspiring Gen Y entrepreneurs driving Great Wrap with simple tools to identify, measure and communicate their integrated impacts.
Home cooks & gardeners, Chefs
In response to COVID-19 we’ve developed an online forum model to accelerate the uptake of regenerative business practices. We're currently working with change makers in southeastern Australia, and the USA, on a series of events for late 2020. These will facilitate innovative partnerships to accelerate COVID-19 recovery in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Melbourne Regeneration Roundtable
Young Victorian Tourism Leader Discussion Group
MovEat is an innovative food experience operator based in the Nordic region. They run tours around Sweden, from small villages to big cities like Stockholm. Regeneration Projects has initiated a strategic process with a 'Regen 101' session. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, further work is currently on hold. The resulting strategy will include a strong focus on MovEat's alignment with the
Chefs & Restaurants in over 50 Swedish villages and cities
Tasmanian Walking Company, Australia
Regeneration Projects kicked off a larger strategic process with Australia's leading ecotourism operator through a 'Regen 101' session. This enabled a fresh perspective on both the Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company's impacts on community, nature, culture and the economy.
Further work has been temporarily delayed due to COVID-19 but plans are to explore a full Regen Strategy.
Regeneration Projects has begun scoping a regenerative tourism handbook for regenerative farmers and small-scale producers. The project involves close partnerships with food entrepreneurs in the Nordic region and aspires to new standards of best-practice. By accelerating trends, the project specifically seeks to raise awareness about the opportunities to address SDG 13 Climate Action (including carbon sequestration) through regenerative agriculture. Through radical collaboration the project aspires to facilitate innovative knowledge-sharing between over 50 countries around the world.
After dipping their toes in the water of regenerative business through our '101' introduction session, the dynamic duo behind The Other Straw were quick to take the next step through our 'Roadmap'. Like many Millennials, they were eager to push beyond sustainability and take their work to a whole new level of impact. The Other Straw are also 1% for the Planet business members.