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Following a tightly run contest between six worthwhile projects, the 2009 winners were:
Jane Crouch (Intrepid
Judy Karwacki (Small
Planet Consulting, Canada)
Manuel Apaza (ICADE, Honduras)
The winners thanked ECOCLUB Members for their trust and pledged a timely implementation of the projects.
In particular, Ms Jane Crouch stated: "Congratulations on 10 years of ECOCLUB!...From my perspective it's an absolute pleasure dealing with such a professionally run, passionate, innovative and informative organisation. Thank-you for your marvellous work and thank-you for the Award which will make a big difference very soon for the Peruvian community of Chichubamba."
Ms Judy Karwacki and Alice Layton from Rupununi Learners were "thrilled to hear" that the Yupukari Village, Guyana, Wild to Web project had been chosen by Ecoclub members, saying, "this award means that the Wildlife Club will be able to share what we are seeing and learning with our village, our region, and the world!"
Mr Manuel Apaza thanked ECOCLUB Members for the confidence they had placed in them, on behalf of the community of Buenos Aires and added that "our commitment will be to work in the establishment of this tourism cooperative with all our effort to achieve the same success, we have had in other projects. We appreciate this opportunity that you give us to develop the potential of the Buenos Aires community."
As every year, the winning projects implementation and completion will be transparently presented and monitored online at www.ecoclub.com. Projects must be initiated by August 1, 2009 at the latest and completed by November 1, 2009. The on-time implementation of the projects and its documentation, is a pre-condition for the payment of the Award funds.
Each year, on the 1st of July, to celebrate our founding anniversary, we allocate at least 10% of our revenue (from the previous year’s Membership Fees and eco product sales at the ECOCLUB.com Shop) to fund micro-projects initiated & implemented by our Members, according to the philosophy and aims of ECOCLUB. You may find past winners and projects by following the links on the top of this page.
Building on the lessons & successes of previous years we held our 6th Annual Awards.
The 2009 Candidates (please follow the links for full details):
A - Manuel Apaza - Honduras: Creating a Community Tourism
Cooperative - WINNER
April 16 - May 31, 2009: Call for Proposals & Submission Deadline
June 1 - 15, 2009: Project evaluation & amendment period
June 16, 2009: Eligible projects posted online at the ECOCLUB.com Ecotourism Awards 2009 Forum.
June 16 - 30, 2009: Members vote by email - See full results
July 1, 2009: On the 10th anniversary of ECOCLUB, the winners were announced in a live Member meeting.
August 1, 2009: Deadline for project initiation.
September 1, 2009: Deadline for receiving first Progress Reports.
November 1, 2009: Deadline for receiving Project Completion Reports.
November 2009 - June 2010: Review of supporting evidence and payment of award funds. In December 2009 the grant payment was made to the Jane Crouch & Judy Karwacki projects which were successfully completed. In June 2010 the grant payment was made to the Manuel Apaza project in Honduras, which was delayed by extraordinary political events in that country.
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