A NEW FACE
It is with great pleasure; we announce that Oran Shapira has joined our staff full-time as Operations and Development Director. Oran will in particular guide our Commonwealth Forest project over the coming months.
Collaborating with Adventure Rope since 2006, Oran has been working in nature conservation since 2003, including in the Cambodian Cardamom Mountains and the Eastern Plains. A graduate of the South African Wildlife College and has worked with conservation organizations such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Wildlife Alliance (WA), Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and others Oran is specializes in Conservation Area Management.
In recent years Oran has focused on assessing the potential for sustainable tourism development as a tool for long-term conservation in several sites in Cambodia including facilitation of Community Base Ecotourism (CBET) participatory processes. The basic mission is to provide direct protection to forests and wildlife through sustainable development programs.
Along with Adventure Rope, Oran is a firm believer in the concept that properly planned and implemented responsible tourism, and other, development activities can be used as a tool for long term conservation. Protect forests by making conservation an attractive land use option, giving forests a green and commercially viable value, which can equally compete with other land use options such as agriculture.
This concept is not a new one; people have always been using natural resources for a verity of commercial goods and purposes. But with population growth so is the demand for timber products and land, and with the advance of technology it is ever easier to produce timber products and clear land for development. Both forests and people, especially those living in close proximity and are dependent on natural resources, suffer from the side effects.
A recent visit by Adventure Rope staff to advise a an international NGO working in the in the Seima Protected Forest, Mondulkiri province, Cambodia highlighted many of the typical issues facing communities that are dependent on the forest for their livelihood. Surveying an area to assess suitability for specific tourism projects, our team twice encountered poachers, illegally logging selected "luxury wood” trees. The enterprising poachers used a modified scooter fitted with chains and this device is used to haul the timber in a remarkable display of dexterity.
Forest officials accompanying our team arrested the loggers and confiscated their equipment; however, they would invariably be back to their illegal activities in short order because of the limited employment opportunities and the lack of commercially viable green alternative.
Commercial, large-scale logging has led to loss of habitat and traditional resources such as community owned resin trees. Responsible tourism products, among other responsible developments, can provide alternative to other commercial sectors. Directly Involving communities in such projects offer a means to provide sustainable income and offer greater protection to the forest areas through increased green economic value, exposure and awareness.
Mar 23, 2014
WE ARE NOW CONNECTED!
We have recently set up our own social media Facebook account, and we personally want to welcome you to like and share us to gain access to our shares of anything and everything to do with adventure.
We would appreciate any comments, ideas or general input that you may have for us!
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Mar 12, 2014
COMMONWEALTH- OUR NEWEST PROJECT
The Commonwealth Forest Park, which in Malay is also known as Taman Rimba Komanwel, can be found at Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve travelling to Rawang, 23km north of Kuala Lumpur. This area is a part of the Forest State Park, also known as Selangor Heritage Park.
The Commonwealth Forest Park, which was recognised in 1993 to mark the 14th Commonwealth Forest Conference, is a large and pristine green forest reserve that is made up of three forested areas covering over 600 hectares of tropical lowland rainforest trees. This forest borders the Kanching Recreational Forest as well as the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.
Adventure Rope, which has an exemplary track record having designed, installed and trained management for some of the world’s leading eco-tourism projects, has
obtained a 25 year concession agreement and now plans
to start development of a premier tourist facility exploring the forest
Amongst other attractions, we plan to have:
Several kilometres of Flying Fox, zipline routes allowing a thrilling aerial excursion traversing the canopy from tree to tree.
500m plus of elegant suspended canopy walkway and suspension bridges with viewing hides for wildlife and birds, secluded tree house platforms for contemplation of the forest. The canopy trail will include extensive information on the flora and fauna
A multilevel tree house visitor reception and service facilities.
A tree based aerial trekking facility with challenge course elements, swings, para-jumps, traverses, balacing and teetering elements, suitable for the youth market.
An adventure playground aimed at very young children
A High Rope’s training facility to offer soft and hard skills in challenge course facilitation, rope handling, belay techniqes, rope course management and safety and rescue techniques.
The development will be strictly controlled to minimise impact on the forest environment. Extensive use of re-cycled materials will be utilised during the construction. The architecture will primarily utilise re-cycled timber and will be a celebration of Malaysian vernacular style with contemporary features. The area surrounding the service tree house and structures will be landscaped with decking and water features with classic wakaf shading. Our aim is to open our doors to the public in August 2014.
As a whole, not many people know about this partly undisturbed forest, this forgotten jewel with an amazing geometric canopy formed by the majestic Kapur trees reaching heights of 50m.
Mar 12, 2014
WIRE ROPE SUSPENSION BRIDGES FOR DESA PARK CITY
We have currently manufactured and built two cable suspension bridges for Desa Park City in Kuala Lumpur. We have used low maintenance materials and have chosen Chengal decking for the footway. The two bridges have been incorporated into a new club house at the newest Mansions project in Desa Park.
As a result of having to adapt our forest canopy bridges for more exclusive surroundings, this forced us to re-think on our typical connection components. We have designed some new innovative connections in 316 stainless steel and our Steel fabrication partners in Ipoh have a wizard new CNC machine for rapid proto-typing.
As a whole, we have created a beautiful walkway that snakes thought the rubber trees and indigenous forests that overlooks the whole of Desa Park City.
Mar 12, 2014
MALAYSIAN HARD WOOD AND ROPE
Some of the hardwoods we work with are a joy to machine, but tough on blades and drill bits.
We are designing new playground components using hardwood frames with a 30 year lifespan. At the same time we are using traditional splicing techniques to experiment with a range of rope fixings. Modern fibres offer a UV stable platform for rope that is designed to look like traditional hemp without the drawbacks in the wet. Our new components will hark back to an age of craftsmanship, using modern textiles to improve handling, and service life.
May 8, 2013