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Malaysia's Gunung Mulu Caves and National Park

The Sarawak Government has provided strong support for appropriate and sustainable development of the Gunung Mulu National Park since its WHS inscription. It has left behind its original ‘modern progress’ model of development – forestry and oil palm plantations, with the former now banned for the past ten years and the latter carefully regulated. Illegal logging still occurs in the most isolated parts of the state along the border with Indonesia’s province of Kalimantan where monitoring is difficult (no roads, only two airstrips for small aircraft) but it is minor. Offshore oil remains a mainstay of the state economy, but terrestrially ecotourism is being pursued as the mainstream path especially for poverty alleviation of local communities. Mulu is evidence that the Government is sincere in implementing ‘genuine’ ecotourism as distinct from ‘eco-lite’ ventures, and flying into Mulu over thousands of hectares of oil palm plantations to the heavily forested ranges of...
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Responsible Tourism Week Hangout with our Editor & Members

It was great discussing responsible travel prospects in Greece, Estonia, Malaysia and the United States in a live hangout hosted by Ron Mader and with the participation of Ecoclub Members Natali Dologlou, Aivar Ruukel, Sudipta Kiran Sarkar and Chris Milnes. The event was part of Planeta.com Responsible Tourism Week 2016   
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Nikki Rose in TV Series - cuisine and ecotourism in Crete, Greece

Greetings,On the air now from Washington DC, a 2-part public TV program with guest chef-instructor and ecotourism director, Nikki Rose from Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Network. Discussion about Crete's culture, cuisine and Responsible Travel initiatives.Part 1: https://youtu.be/hoP6bTUqBBoPart 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff-r5-2pAF4 
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An experimental authentic experience of Eco-Tourism in Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan (IUCN MEET project)

An experimental authentic experience of Eco-Tourism in Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan (IUCN MEET project)
 Photo 1. This is Dana Biosphere Reserve and Javier Zapata from Spain, one of my three co-travelers/trip testers/new friends. The MEET project follows a participatory planning approach, where managers of protected areas, local tour operators and service providers work in close synergy to develop ecotourism activities in Mediterranean protected areas.I couldn’t resist writing about my experience from a recent MEET test-trip in Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan, called “Rift Valley Mountain Trek”. This package was developed by the managers and the people of the Dana Protected Area, under the coordination of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) of Jordan; the tour was conducted by the local tour operator Discovery Circle Tours.Photo 2. Our guide, AedI feel very lucky I took part in such an authentic and in part also adventurous trip – as our team (of four) was the first to try out this new tour. Local Bedouins, pleasant...
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IUCN Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism test tours

IUCN Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism test tours
It was a great pleasure to participate in the IUCN Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism – MEET test tours in Karpathos, Greece. I wish them all the best on their important initiatives to celebrate and help protect our cultural and natural heritage.http://famtrips.meetnetwork.org/portfolio-items/the-untouched-heart-of-the-greek-islands-2/ 
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries, Top Reviews on Tourism Concern's Ethical Travel Guide

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries on the Top Reviews of Tourism Concern's Ethical Travel Guide.http://tourismconcern.org.uk/cretes-culinary-sanctuaries-network/
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Second edition Ecotourism Course (Design and Marketing Products)

Second edition Ecotourism Course (Design and Marketing Products)
STIPA Consultancy&Ecotourism with the Superior Institute of Environment present the second edition of the course "Ecotourism: Design and Marketing Products". In the last decade, Spain has begun to speak more and more often the concept of "ecotourism". Tourism that aims to be a memorable experience for discovering and knowing the most valuable natural places. Therefore, ecotourism allows a personal contact with natural and cultural heritage in each destiny; as well as to expanding and enriching the way of thinking from visitors and locals.We have a high potential in Spain, which is the higher diverse of natural areas, as well as a key role in Europe by its biodiversity. Ecotourism can be an activity that serves to preserve these natural and protected areas, understood as a tool that supports jobs and local economies and as a way to engage tourism stakeholders developing conservation initiatives. But one of the biggest weaknesses of many...
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Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2016 Study Tours

Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries 2016 Study Tours
Our Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Network is excited to welcome faculty and students from Utah State University on their May 2016 Study Tour to Crete!Utah State University Study Abroad to Crete, Greece ProgramAnd our fantastic annual Study Abroad program for faculty and students from University of Missouri!University of Missouri Study Abroad Program in Greece 
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Seeing without Sharing

Philosopher George Berkeley asked, "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it make a sound?" What if you went to a tourist attraction that allowed no photos? Could you still enjoy it without a selfie or photographic proof for your Facebook feed? I faced that dilemma at Petroglyphs Provincial Park, 55 kilometers northeast of Peterborough.Six to 11 centuries ago - an era when the Vikings were first arriving in North America - aboriginal people were carving images for ceremonial or spiritual reasons into white marble rock of the Canadian Shield. These 900 rock carvings are now known as Kinomaage waapkong or 'the rocks that teach' and the largest known single concentration of Aboriginal rock art in Canada.They lay undiscovered until 1954 when three prospectors stumbled onto the carvings of people, snakes, turtles & other creatures, and told a newspaper. By 1967 there were the same...
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Ecoturismo Genuino Virtual Meetings. Second Edition.

Ecoturismo Genuino Virtual Meetings. Second Edition.
Ecoturismo Genuino is a specialized platform for ecotourism professionals. Its origins are located in Mexico, but it has gradually become as a space for communication and interaction in the field of ecotourism into Spanish-speaking countries (Latin America, Caribbean and Spain).On May, It was held the First Virtual Meeting of Ecoturismo Genuino, an interesting initiative that seeks to be a forum for exchange experiences between specialists and ecotourism stakeholders (free webinars). International speakers participated at this first meeting, such us Xavier Font (Leeds Beckett University), Hector Ceballos Lascurain, Allan Rhodes (Ecoturismo Genuino) or Fredy Ochoa among others. During next September, it will take place the Second Virtual Meeting of Ecoturismo Genuino. 9 free webinars are scheduled (Spanish language) with the participation of relevant international experts such as Daniela Moreno Alarcón (Equality in Tourism initiative), Luis Garduño (Red Travel Mexico), Susana Conde (AGROTRAVEL), Ena Buenfil (Huaxteca.com), among others.Remember the date: September 14-16th, 2015.In...
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