Sally to go walkabout with Aborigines

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Thursday 30 December 2004

30 December 2004

Sally to go walkabout with Aborigines

A Peak District National Park ranger will find out how Aborigines blend tourism with care for the environment on a visit to some of Australia's protected areas.

Sally Stamper has already spent a month exploring eco-tourism and education in the Peruvian mountains, desert and rainforest after being awarded a Churchill Fellowship to fund her research.

Her trip down-under, starting January 9, includes two weeks working with rangers in the Tasmanian Cradle Mountain National Park and two weeks in South Australia.

Sally, a ranger for the Goyt Valley and Macclesfield Forest, was one of only 100 successful applicants out of 1,000 to win funding from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for her study trips.

She hopes that her new knowledge could help environmentally-aware tourism and education in the Peak District, the second most visited national park in the world.

Sally was particularly impressed on her Peruvian trip by an eco-tourism lodge in a massive Amazonian nature reserve, which was 60 per cent owned and staffed by the native Esa'Eja community.

"My trip to Peru really highlighted the importance of the community when it comes to protecting the environment," she said. "The pride of the local communities in their heritage and landscape is creating a movement towards a form of tourism that doesn't scar - it may still leave a bit of a bruise, but they disappear with time."

She was also impressed by the Amazonian rangers - only three cover a million hectares in the Amazon basin - and how much they could do on very limited resources to educate local tour operators.

Sally, 26, lives in Heage, near Belper, is keen to encourage other people to apply for Churchill Fellowships, which are open to people of all ages to widen their knowledge abroad in a huge variety of fields for four to eight weeks.

For more information, contact the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust on 020 7584 9315, or visit the website:

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