GER to GER Mongolia
Nomad Centered Community Based Cultural Eco Tourism Development
After 20+ years of working in a combination of social economic development, film and tv and tourism industry works, including projects and initiatives funded by USAID, SDC, World Bank, etc., it became overly clear that a new approach towards sustainable social economic development would have to be developed thus to sustain humanitarian works long after international donor funds had finished. Based on my broad professional experience and successfully implementation of over 400+ small to large projects for public and private sectors, I decided to take a 3 year sabbatical to investigate, research and develop a totally new approach and methodology that wasn’t pioneered before. After researching community based tourism from Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Fiji and the like, it became clear that most were operating with villages or guesthouse-like style, national park routes, dramas, etc. It was owing to a “gap” within the community based tourism industry that led me to develop a completely custom design approach for Mongolia base on a concept called “core sampling” to better understand what is below the proverbial “grass-roots” to ensure whatever is developed is inline with the Mongol’s ancient history, culture, traditions, lifestyle, environment, etc., hence the unique approach into designing GER to GER. In addition to this, it was important to research the very people that I will be working for and asking many ethics related questions i.e. how many countries survive based on their nomadic populations? Is nomadism facing extinction? In animal conservation what is our approaches towards animal habitats that are going extinct? Should we provide the same basic foundation towards the human race as we do for animals that are on the verge of extinction? etc. I had combined ethics with a different approach that was never implemented within the community based tourism industry, that approach led to a new and unique type of rural-based regional/nationwide social economic development – this approach is known as social economic supply and value chains.
Today, GER to GER’s successful approach has become a catalyst of decentralized social economic development contrary to standard pro-for-profit methodologies that doesn’t disburse the benefits and opportunities of supply and value chain enhancements across multiple industries throughout the country. The tourism industry simply put is the human factor within social economic development, the core central node – that is not subjected to race, religion, gender, etc., whatever a local requires we as international travelers also require – food, drink, accommodations, health services, safety, transportation, fuel, oil, and so on. By enhancing and advancing nomadic populations as the main node within the tourism industry in rural locations via GER to GER, they in-turn go to their communities for products and services, which in-turn contributes towards mutual sustainability and greater distribution of wealth and services; while maintain their outreach lifestyle and not become centralized around villages and cities that could have irreversible environmental consequences. GER to GER is simply defined as humanity’s earliest form of a social economic supply and value chain between people and tribes “from family to family”; the exchanging of knowledge, resources and etc., for survival from one point to another. Today on a macro-form its done between cities, regions and countries for commerce; commerce and survival are one-in-the-same and its the level consideration that we put towards social economic supply and value chains that guarantees our existence.
As of today GER to GER Agency and Foundation have produced 1000s of results, but to name a few:
- Millions of USD have been generated for Mongolia’s economy; in addition, GER to GER returns an average of 70%-80% of annual revenues towards sustainable livelihoods of rural communities and their nomadic populations
- Responsible Travel Workshops have been carried out for 6,000+ international travelers worldwide
- Seasonal workshops have been systematically carried out for Mongolia’s rural nomadic populations throughout country
- Over 11,000+ square kilometers (7,000 miles) of nomad centered ecotravel routes have been developed across deserts, mountains, pastures, etc.
- Domestic and internationals marketing has been carried out for rural communities to enhance market linkage development
- Monitor/evaluations to ensure rural product liability and strengthening as this is the first time that an “Open Market Economy” is being established in Mongolia’s history
- In 10 years of operations, GER to GER maintains safety rate higher than 99% – 6,000+ international travelers
- In 10 years of operations, GER to GER maintains health rate higher than 99% – 6,000+ international travelers
- And much, much more.
Sustainable Development/Competitiveness Case Study: For over a decade GER to GER has benefited 1000s of travelers and hundreds of families across Mongolia as a humanitarian organization. Despite the unethical efforts of competitors and 1% interest groups over the past few years – GER to GER Agency and Foundation maintains to its master plan and successfully generates social economic benefits. Today, GER to GER is globally championing this situation via its humanitarian ethics and establishing itself as a case study/corner-stone of social economic development. Beyond generating diversity of benefits – in hopes to advance sustainable social economic development and fair competitive practices, GER to GER has logged 100s/1000s of case studies, methodologies and practices of unethical people/interest groups who have actively carried out countless unethical practices in offices, throughout Mongolia and online with the aim to sabotage humanitarian initiatives in developing countries.
“One ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin