I had the opportunity recently to see the documentary, Milking The Rhino. The film provides an interesting and hopeful look at community-based conservation and tourism in Kenya and Namibia. The film will air today on PBS so tune in if you can.There will be a teacher's edition of the film available shortly. I think it would be a great addition for t
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IUCN regularly issue updates of their famous "Red List of Threatened Species". The latest results for mammals show at least 1,141 of the world's 5,487 recognised mammal species to be threatened with extinction. Some, unfortunately even within the sustainability ranks, try to justify conservation via Economism, arguing that it pays to conserve an an
Ecotourism Society Launched in 1990 to Assist Parks Ecotourism 20 Years Ago In 1989, hundreds of thousands of acres were being added to park systems to conserve ecosystems around the world. International conservation was going into high gear, driven by the rude fact that development was accelerating in the most vulnerable and biodiverse regio
Following a call for reviews, I came across a recent publication, provocatively titled and promoted as follows: "Sex Tourism in Africa Kenya's Booming Industry" Illustrated by in-depth empirical research from Kenya – one of the most popular country destinations in Africa for sex tourism – this book gathers much-needed statistics and dat
Business Pioneers Forge Green Tourism Models Ecotourism 20 Years Ago Ecotourism entrepreneurs grafted their own interest in wildlife and ecology to the growing market for specialty travel, and tapped a client base that was ready to see the world’s last unmolested ecosystems. These pioneers carried binoculars, watched birds as second na
Dear friends, this is my first post in Ecoclub. Unfortunately I am a native spanish speaker and most of my production is made in spanish (although I do not have lots of it!). I am currently studying a PhD degree that is quite demanding, but in the other side, also very interesting. This time I'll share with you a text that I produced a
In the last 6 months, Planeterra Foundation has been very busy developing new projects in Cusco and Macchu Picchu, and other valleys near the Inca Trail, the Galapagos Islands, Thailand, Kenya, Guatemala and soon Chiapas, Mexico! Our website is presently being revised, but our blog is now becoming more active on projects with vo
BACKGROUND: Ecotourism is a unique opportunity for Western Australia. And the Kimberley region is an ideal ecotourism destination as it is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Covering approximately nearly 423,000 square kilometres, this region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth.
Nomaders is a great new platform – it allows dialogue to be exchanged between travellers and locals. But these aren’t just any locals; ‘local heroes’, as they’re named by the Nomaders community, are people who want to showcase their hometown by sharing their culture, introducing travellers to activities that could never be found in the guidebook!
Often enough, the West imposes its view of development on to the developing world. This issue extends to the ‘gap year’ and volunteering industries, when the tourist’s needs are places ahead of the communities and environments that they claim to help. There’s real potential for these international development schemes to do good, yet their s
Over the past decade ‘slum tourism’ has sky-rocketed to popularity, seen as a new way to branch outside the more conventional tourist activities. It was further fueled by a rising demand helped on by films such as 'City of God' and 'Slumdog Millionaire'. This form of tourism can actually be dated back to Victorian times, when the curiosity of the
Top Ecotourism and Community Development Experts Offer Online Professional Learning Series The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and EplerWood International have partnered to develop an interactive online learning program, to be offered in April-May 2013, focused on community benefits through tourism. February