A World of Trails: The International Trails Movement

This webinar provides an introduction to how trails are benefiting and reshaping landscapes across the planet.

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May 24, 2018

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


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Webinar Outline

As many of us focus on what is going on at home, we don’t we often don’t look beyond our borders to see what others are doing. Did you know about the Jeju Olle Trail in Korea? The Rim of Africa in South Africa? The Atlantic Forest Trail in Brazil? The Kumano Kodo in Japan? The Lebanon Mountain Trail? Or a major trails movement in China? There is a lot going on out there! Worldwide, the trails movement is flowering with amazing projects, innovations, and destinations.

Learn about how trails are benefiting and reshaping landscapes across the planet. Hear about activities emerging across the continents promoting: greater access to trails; environmental, landscape, and cultural preservation; economic development and tourism; health and fitness benefits, spiritual pilgrimages; and trails planning, design, and community organizing innovation. This webinar will enable each of us to look beyond our own boundaries to see an amazing world of trails.

The panellists will include the leading experts from four continents.

Galeo Saintz, South Africa (Chair, World Trails Network and Founder, Rim of Africa Rim of Africa) will speak about the growing global trails movement and how trails advocates in many nations are collaborating to promote: exchange of know-how; youth programs; community services such as rebuilding trails in Nepal after a disastrous earthquake; and myriad other collaborative benefits. He will also talk about the Rim of Africa effort in South Africa--an exciting trails destination and catalyst for resource conservation.

Julie Jung, South Korea (Asia Trails Network) will speak about the emergence and growth of the international trails movement and how it is benefiting peoples and nations, both trail users and economies, on six continents. She will highlight Korea’s precedent-setting Jeju Olle Trail and update us citing some major trail programs in Asia where there are inspiring projects in China, Japan, Russia and other nations.

Fivos Tsaravopoulos, Greece (Paths of Greece) will draw from his work and experiences in Greece, China, and other places and speak about how trails are promoting vital economic benefits, fitness, and spiritual renewal, cultural conservation new opportunities for tourism, and ways for visitors to experience the essence of host countries and places. He will cite examples from his work, experiences, and interaction with international hikers.

Anna Carolina Lobo, Brazil (Marine and Atlantic Rainforest Coordinator, WWF Brazil) Will discuss how long distance trails are an important strategy to promote conservation – connecting protected areas, strengthening ecological corridors and fostering social movements to connect people and nature. She will draw on her work addressing priority landscapes of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Program and her work implementing trails systems in the Sao Paulo State Parks and bringing together public and private entities to develop management models for Brazil’s National Parks, with a special focus on tourism.

Robert Searns, North America (Greenway Team, Inc.) will moderate the panel and overview the exploding popularity of trails around the World and the trend toward international collaboration and exchange of knowledge and resources amongst the nations.


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Galeo Saintz, World Trails Network

Galeo Saintz is the co-founder of two of South Africa’s premier long-distance trails. Today he is founding chair of the World Trails Network, an international initiative focused on taking the trails industry into the future, while highlighting the globally significant role trails play in communities across the world. In 2014 he was elected to chair a new initiative called Mandela’s Walk, a long-distance pilgrimage that celebrates the life and values of the late Nelson Mandela. Galeo has first-hand experience in trail conception, organizational development, and is an international trails liaison. He has spoken at numerous international conferences advocating for trails, their benefits, and the role they play in reconnecting communities to nature, culture, and our unique and individual human story.


Julie Jung, Jeju Olle Foundation

Julie Jung has been the Manager of the Global Communication Team for South Korea’s Jeju Olle Foundation since 2010. She has been responsible for promoting international Friendship Trails, co-marketing projects and cooperating with national and international trail networking organizations. Julie initiated and coordinated the World Trails Conferences from 2010 to 2015. She helped found, and serves on the secretariat of, The Asia Trails Network, since 2014.


Fivos Tsaravopoulos, Paths of Greece

Fivos Tsaravopoulos works through his Social Co-operative Enterprise “Paths of Greece“, since 2010, to actively foster the implementation of walking trails across all of Greece. He has developed and promoted, several path networks on the islands of Kythera, Serifos, Sifnos, Patmos, Kefalonia, as well as in Athens, the Peloponnese, Drama, Prespa Lakes, and elsewhere. He has advised on trail projects internationally including a major trail project in China. Several of Paths of Greece projects have introduced innovative ideas and have generated articles in the domestic and international press. Fivos is Treasurer at the World Trails Network.


Anna Carolina Lobo, Marine and Atlantic Rainforest Program Coordinator, WWF Brazil

Anna Carolina Lobo is the Marine and Atlantic Rainforest Program Coordinator of WWF-Brazil. She has lengthy experience with public use management of Protected Areas with governmental and private entities. She has co-authored and coordinated numerous articles and books on natural protected areas public use and helped shape sustainability and tourism plans for Sao Paulo State and Brazil’s National Parks. She has been being working with WWF Brazil to address protected areas from a mosaic landscape/seascape perspective, aligning sustainable use and fostering conservation efforts, as a tool to promote sustainable development.


Robert (Bob) Searns, Owner, Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.
Denver, Colorado

Robert Searns has a four-decade history of visualizing, planning, and getting trails and greenway projects built. He was Project Director of Denver’s Platte River and Mary Carter Greenways—both national-award-wining projects. He helped plan the Grand Canyon National Park Greenway, played a key role on the Memphis Wolf River Greenway, and authored the Commerce City, CO Walk, Bike, Fit plan. He has written for Planning, Landscape Architecture, LA China, and American Trails Magazines and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Trails and Beyond Magazine. He chaired American Trails and was a founder of The World Trails Network as well as being a delegate to the America’s Great Outdoors White House conclave. His current book is Beyond Greenways: The Next Step For City Trails and Walking Routes, published in 2023 by Island Press. He resides, writes, hikes, and bikes near Denver, Colorado.


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