World Ecotourism News
is D Y I N G
31/10/00 - Worldwatch.org
This year began with 24 million Africans infected with the HIV virus. In the absence
of a medical miracle, nearly all will die before 2010. Each day, 6,000 Africans
die from AIDS. Each day, an additional 11,000 are infected.
While governments of the "1st world" are pre-occupied with oil
prices, mad cows and whether inflation will exceed 2% and while african generals
are too busy selling diamonds, buying aircraft and earning commissions.
Malta: 3 m i l l i
o n migrating birds killed e a c h y e a r
25/10/00 by David Camilleri firstname.lastname@example.org
Malta has one of the world's
highest number of hunters per capita. Each year, 3 million birds are shot or
trapped on Malta while migrating between Africa and Europe in the spring and
autumn. In 1982, hunters on the island of
Ghawdex shot the last pair of nesting Maltese falcons. Since 1994, successive
governments have relaxed the hunting laws to a point that enforcement no longer
exists. The tourist industry supports 40% of the Maltese economy and
it is the largest industry in Malta.
Malta is preparing to join the European Union. Any thoughts?
- tourism, coming soon at a complex near you...
27/10/00 - by the " Tourism Investigation & Monitoring Team" - Thailand
Governments are utterly ill equipped for the U.N. International Year of
Ecotourism (2002). They have tended to promote
all forms of rural and nature tourism as ecotourism, while frameworks to
effectively scrutinize, monitor and control developments are poorly developed or
non-existent. In Thailand, the upsurge of ecotourism demand has resulted in
construction frenzy in rural and natural areas to provide accommodation and
infrastructure for visitors. A recently published survey by the Bangkok daily
'The Nation' found that under the pretext of ecotourism promotion, massive
development projects - some involving logging operations - were in full steam in
national parks countrywide, funded by loans from the World Bank's Social
Investment Project and the Japanese Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF).
is evidence that biotechnology companies are sending scouts around the world -
often posing as innocent tourists - to discover genes that have commercial value
for the drug and food industry. These bio-pirates are especially hunting for
local seeds, medicinal plants and even for genes of indigenous people, and once
acquired, companies are likely to claim intellectual property rights on them."
Depressing and worrying. Always be alert for fake "eco"tourism and
expose it in the Ecotouring News.
11/11/00 - Ecotouring News
Most leading environmental organisations and many judges are up in arms against
the Greek government's plan to amend article 24 of the Greek constitution.
Article 24 currently stresses the value of the environment. The government
plans to insert a seemingly innocuous passage which allows development in order
to meet public needs. Opponents allege it will open the door for uncontrolled
development in forest areas. The Minister of Justice has admitted that the
amendment of the article is effected so that "necessary road building would
never again be held up by two trees". Environmentalists and the judicial
responded that strict laws and the strict application of laws was the only hope
of saving the forests from developers. Greece faces a major problem each summer
with forest fires, about half of which are thought to be a result of arson by
developers. The problem is compounded by a dry and hot summer climate, a lack of
a modern land registry system and by local authority corruption.
18/10/00 - www.niehs.nih.gov
A gene from a firefly has been added to mammalian cells so that they glow when
exposed to the toxin dioxin, and the cells glow brighter as the level of dioxin increases, making
them a quick and simple test for the chemical in
foods, animal feeds, and tissue.
Darling, tonight you are glowing
Dead Sharks wash up in hundreds
18/10/00 - AP
Up to 300 dead sharks
have been washing up on beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are
baffled by what's causing their deaths.
Pollution, submarine sonars it's your guess.
250-million-year old bacteria:
Wake up !
18/10/00 - AP
In what sounds like something out of
"Jurassic Park," bacteria that lived before the dinosaurs and survived
Earth's biggest mass extinction have been reawakened after a 250-million-year
sleep in a salt crystal, scientists say.
Now is that a good idea or is that a good idea?
year old canoes discovered
19/10/00 - AP
85 Indian canoes discovered sticking out of a lake bed near Gainesville,
this year. The discovery of the prehistoric canoes in Newnan's Lake was the
largest of its kind in the United States. The Florida
Bureau of Archaeological Research confirmed the canoes range from 500 to 5,000
years old, with most built between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago.
Large Protected Area in Cameroon
20/10/00 - WWF
The Government of
Cameroon has agreed to merge the Boumba-Bek and the Nki Reserves in the South
East Forests to form the country's largest protected area.
Ocean Reefs almost dead
23/10/00 - AP
In the Maldives and Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, up to 90 percent of
coral reefs have been killed over the past two years due to rises in water
temperature, it was reported at the 9th International Coral Reef Conference in
asked to rule against Turtle protection law
24/10/00 - AP
Malaysia asked the World Trade Organization to rule a US law baning imports of
shrimp from countries which use trawling nets that trap sea turtles as illegal. Environmental
experts have said nets without turtle-excluder devices, which cost $75, are killing up to 150,000 turtles a
$75 ! apparently some people value the life of sea turtle at less than a cent
Lab chimpanzees to get sanctuary
24/10/00 - AP
The United States will
establish a network of chimpanzee sanctuaries under a bill passed by the House. The sanctuaries would care for the animals after they are no longer
needed for biomedical research.
Of course, no word of stopping experiments with chimpanzees, man's closest
relatives. Year 2000 AD
Tigers on Line ?!?
25/10/00 - traffic.org
Chuvit, a zoo owner running in upcoming Thai elections, has proposed selling
tigers over the Internet in an attempt to save the big cats from extinction.
Traffic, the international wildlife trade watchdog has condemned this as
"ludicrous". Chuvit said that if Thailand amended its laws to allow
commercial production and sale of tigers online, about 20,000 could be raised
domestically over the next decade and wipe out black market demand. Thailand and
China are home to tiger "farms" set up in the 1980s in an attempt to
supply the tiger trade and relieve poaching pressure on the critically
endangered species. Some farms have been found to be fronts for selling captured
wild tigers and fueling poaching, while others have reportedly purchased
wild-caught tiger cubs to improve their breeding stock.
I wonder what would happen if tigers too, thought humans had a
25/10/00 - WRI.org
WRI estimates that the world’s freshwater system is so degraded that its
ability to support human, plant and animal life is greatly in peril. They
predict water shortages for more than half the world’s population by 2025.
Antelope, in National Parks.
Zambia has arrested two Italian "tourists" in Kafue National
Park for killing endangered species. The hunters had licenses to hunt other
animals but failed to account for an oribi antelope, a protected animal which
they hid in a plastic bag. Eight Zambian poachers were also arrested after they
were found with eight lechwe in Blue Lagoon National park. At least 40 cases of
poaching have been recorded this month in these two parks alone.
A case of naming game reserves national parks, so as to replace hunting fees
with bribes? Hopefully not.
An Italian tanker with 6,000
tons of toxic chemicals on board sank in the English Channel as it was being towed
to the French port of Cherbourg.
Mmm, Bon appetit !
Denmark's environmental protection
agency has proposed setting taxes on packaging materials based on their
environmental impacts, the first national government to do so.
Ancient ship found off Turkey
30/10/00 - AP
A team led by underwater
explorer Robert Ballard has discovered an "absolutely astounding"
wooden ship - perhaps 1,500 years old - in the Black Sea off the coast of
ship's mast is still standing and stanchions rest nearby, held together with
wooden pegs. The
unique oxygen-free deep water of the Black Sea allowed the ship to be preserved
without the normal worm damage that affects wooden vessels
Network oppose "Eco-Resort"
1/11/00 - by email
The Ho'okipa Network is opposing a project by the Robinson family, allegedly
on Forbes “Wealthy Americans” list, to construct a 250-cabin
“low density” resort on 160 acres at Kapalawai on Kaua`i. According to
them the project would : "1. Spot zone
former agricultural land for a resort. 2. Invade one of Kaua`i’s most secluded
rural villages. 3. Place visitors adjacent to test fields for
genetically-altered seeds. 4. Feature the Kaua`i shoreline most “impaired”
by agricultural runoff. 5. Obliterate the marshy mouth of a Class 1 perennial
stream. 6. Disturb an ancient Hawaiian fishpond and burial grounds." They
state that "other things being equal, this project will probably be approved
Interested readers may contact email@example.com
for more info. The truth or not of this case aside, as a rule and by definition
one can not and should not undertake ecotourism projects against or without the
4/11/00 - Economist
The ninth international coral reef symposium shed light into the coral bleaching
mechanism. Higher sea temperatures heat up anthozoans that make up the coral.
Algae usually live symbiotically in the cells of the anthozoans and exchange
nutrients with them. However when the anthozoans heat up the algae can no longer
process light and instead of nutrients they pass on toxic oxygen to the
anthozoans. The anthozoans only choice then is to expel the algae.
6/11/00 - FOE/ Hong Kong
Environmentalists and fishermen who live near the Hong Kong
Disneyland construction site are urging the government to halt dredging they
believe is killing fish. "A large number of fish have been killed since
this dredging started,"
6/11/00 - ENN
After a dramatic boat chase in the Komodo National Park in Indonesia, police and
park rangers arrested 24 fishermen caught bombing coral reefs in
7/11/00 - Various
David Brower, who as leader of the Sierra
Club championed a drive to save the Grand Canyon, a the founder of Friends of
the Earth, hailed by many as the
conscience of the US environmental movement, dies at 88.
City: No smog !
7/11/00 - AP
Mexico City marked its first year in a decade
without a smog alert.
Deer or Dear?
8/11/00 Itar Tass
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Russia is planning to provide
one million US dollars to save the wild northern deer whose number has
dangerously decreased because of pollution in the northern Russian Taimyr
peninsula. About 800 thousand wild northern deer remain in Taimyr compared to
several million some years ago.
This works up to no more than 80 cents per deer.
9/11/00 - IFAW.org
The International Fund for Animal Welfare released a comprehensive, 175-page global report on the
boom of whale watching, citing it as a billion-dollar industry.
Internationally renowned whale researcher Erich Hoyt authors the report, View the
complete Whale Watching 2000 Report at: http://www.ifaw.org/press/pr082200.html
9/11/00 - UNESCO
Twenty-one new biosphere reserves located in 15 countries were officially
designated Thursday as Biosphere Reserves belonging to the World Network of
Biosphere Reserves which now consists of 391 sites in 94 countries. The sites
were designated by the Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme,
currently meeting in Paris. The new sites include: the Pantanal (Brazil) - one
of the world's greatest inland freshwater wetlands, where cattle farmers are
engaging new economic activities with the development of ecotourism; the San
Andres Archipelago (Colombia) - covering some 10 percent of the Caribbean Sea
which is facing a huge challenge in seeking to develop and conserve its rich
marine resources; the Nilgiri in the Western Ghats (India), with remnant forests
with exceptionally high animal and plant diversity surrounded by areas of
intense human activity; the Oases of South Morocco with ancient irrigated palm
groves forming a bastion against the advance of the Sahara desert; and Cape West
Coast, just north of Cape Town, (South Africa) an example of bioregional
planning from the mountains to the sea. Biosphere reserves are chosen on the
strength of their ability to reconcile the conservation of biological diversity
and the sustainable use of biological resources.
& Army in the Amazon
9/11/00 - BBC
The Brazilian government has launched a new plan to "clean the Amazon
jungle of drug traffickers, illegal loggers and miners". Under the
"Pro Amazonia" plan police and army units will patrol the Amazon
supported by satellites as well as a $1.4 billion radar system along the
As long as this is the reason and not Colombian developments.
of South Asian Land Lost
10/11/00 - UNEP
According to the Global Environmental Outlook 2000 report, half of all land in
South Asia and South East Asia has lost agricultural potential because of
inappropriate agricultural practices, deforestation, overgrazing and climate
change. Dramatic examples are deserts in Western China, India and Pakistan and
dust problems in the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
in Southern Africa
12/11/00 Africa News Online
Ministers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique signed a historic deal in
the Kruger National Park, undertaking to establish a 35,000 square kilometre
conservation and ecotourism area spanning the Kruger park, Gonarezhou National
Park in Zimbabwe and a conservation area called Coutada 16 in Mozambique. In
developing these eco-tourism opportunities, job creation for local communities
will be a priority, Mr. Moosa, the South African Minister, said. The agreement
followed the opening of the Kgalagadi trans-frontier park between South Africa
and Botswana in May 2000.
Dominican Environment minister Atherton Martin, resigned because, as he says,
his country supported whaling in exchange for US$7 million in Japanese aid for a
fisheries complex. Mr Martin's alleged that Japan offered development aid to
small nations if they were to vote against a South Pacific whale sanctuary.
Dominica, a small Caribbean island country, voted with Japan against the
sanctuary at an International Whaling Commission Meeting in July. The Japanese
Whaling Association denies the allegations.
Ironically, Dominica earns US$1 million a year from whale-watching.
12/11/00 - South China Morning Post
Attempts were being made for 10 days to refloat a Malaysian-owned container ship
that ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef more than a week ago. The
21,000-tonne Bunga Teratai Satu, carrying 130 tonnes of toxic chemicals, which
was sailing from Singapore to Sydney, struck Sudbury Reef off the coast of
Queensland on November 2, rupturing its forward ballast tank. The ship crushed
an area of coral about 100 metres long. The World Wildlife Fund blames the fact
that vessels were allowed to sail inside part of the reef without pilots on the
bridge. When pilots were on board, they often had to stay on duty for 36 hours,
leading to inefficiency and fatigue. Allegedly, ship's pilot had
disembarked just before the ship grounded.
venison is tough
13/11/00 - TIME
$800 robotic deer, elk, turkey and bear made by a Winsconsin Taxidermist
have been bought by conservation officers in 45 US States and Canada to set
traps for illegal poachers. One robo-dear just had a funeral after receiving 100
bullets in seven years and earning about $50000 in poaching fines.
13/11/00 - WWF
A report commissioned by Greenpeace and WWF, entitled "The Clearcut Case: How the Kyoto Protocol Could
Become a Driver for Deforestation" alleges that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO),
Japan's largest power utility, is implicated in the destruction of native forest
in the Tamar Valley in the Australian state of Tasmania, and its replacement by fast-growing eucalyptus plantations intended for carbon credits under the Kyoto
Protocol. TEPCO's investment of Aus$10 million (ca. US$5 million) in Tamar Tree
Farms accounts for 3,000 hectares of eucalyptus plantation which are expected to
yield TEPCO 130,000 tonnes of carbon credits that could be offset against rising
carbon emissions in ...Japan. The report alleges that this project is not an isolated
incident but is compatible with the forest-clearance programmes of the
Australian and Tasmanian authorities.
Whoever conceived the scheme must be a schizophrenic personality. How on earth
can you offset pollution in one place with planted forest some tens of thousands
of miles away.
New Ramsar site in
13/11/00 - Ramsar.org
Ecuador has designated its
6th Ramsar site, "Isla
Santay" (4,705 hectares, Guayas Province, 02o13'S 079o51'W) is located
in the delta of the Guayas River near the urban perimeter of the > city of
Guayaquil. It is probably the only known
nesting area for the endangered Amazona autumnalis. The island is inhabited
by 182 residents who practice fishing, traditional agriculture, and
livestock raising on a sustainable level, but threats from continuing urban
development have been noted. This is the 1040th Ramsar (=internationally
important wetland) site globally .
13/11/00 - Various
Environmental groups, the EU and some developing countries accused the United States
of seeking loopholes to avoid cutting pollution, as a U.N. conference in the
Hague opened to set rules for reducing harmful gases released into the atmosphere.
The United States
argues that unlimited emissions trading is the most cost-effective way to meet the global
target of reducing greenhouse gases.
Air vs. hot air
protects 58.5. million acres of forest
13/11/00 - AP
In a major win for
environmentalists, the Clinton administration has added Alaska's Tongass
National Forest - the nation's largest - to a protection plan for some of
America's most pristine lands. The plan covers 58.5 million acres of national
forests that do not have roads.
bans Cats & Dogs, fur
14/11/00 - AP
Selling or making
products with dog or cat fur is now a federal crime in the USA under a bill signed into law
by President Clinton. Under the new law, importing, selling, making or transporting
clothing, toys or other items made with the fur or skins of dogs and cats could
result in a $25,000 fine and a year in prison.
New EU Sustainable
14/11/00 - eurofound.ie
Crops for Sustainable Enterprise. Office for Official Publications of the
European Communities, 2000-92 pages.
Authors: Benjamin, Yorick & Van Weenen, Hans. LINK: http://susdev.eurofound.ie/download
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Monthly Poll & Editorial
ecotourism .CC Poll:
really cares about the environment?
Total Votes so far: 63
Nadie ( = nobody)
voter comment: "They all care about the environment...Until next
This poll proved very timely. To keep
it so we too decided to extend... the voting period for as long as the vote
recounts go on in the real election. In our poll, there is a surprise
showing by Nadie / nobody who has so far declined to comment on whether he will
request a recount (Gore is leading only by 4 votes)
As this poll shows, the perpetual problem of even
leading politicians is credibility. All of them, apart from the really nasty
ones who tend to thrive on dividing issues such as race and religion, tend to
say good things about the rights of Joe Public to clean air, conservation, jobs,
low taxes, efficient government, education. Their problem is that Joe Public
does not really believe them. He / she usually selects the lesser of two evils,
by projecting the effects of their policies into his / her own microeconomy. The
truth is that this microeconomy does not yet feature the environment, most
voters find its fine "as long the rubbish is not in my own backyard"
since they "have more pressing things to worry about".
Even the most credulous voter knows that "Real" politics and
compromise always seem inevitable when a politician is finally elected. Apart
from the evident promises to Joe Public, less evident ones are made behind
the curtains. What was for an opposition politician black and white, once elected it suddenly becomes for him/her a deep sea of grey in which the lucky
politician will float like a cork, while the unlucky one, will drown.
There are differences between
candidates in relation to the environment, with some making more promises which
will soon turn into compromises, but the fact is that no politician, even
with the best of intentions (a rare thing) is enough to effect change. Change
also rests with Joe Public, his fears, habits and prejudices.
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Kalash Valley before it is too late
by Agha Iqrar Haroon firstname.lastname@example.org
President, Ecotourism Society Pakistan
One of the major attractions of Chitral are the Kalash valleys – the home
of the Kafir-Kalash or 'Wearers of the Black Robe', a primitive pagan tribe.
Their ancestry is shrouded in mystery. A legend has it that some soldiers of
the legions of Alexander of Macedonia settled down in Chitral during 326 BC
and the present Kafir-Kalash are their offspring. Therefore Kalash people
can be considered as “Living Civilisation”. The 4,000 strong
Kafir-Kalash live in the valleys of Birir, Bumburet and Rambur in the south.
Bumburet, the largest and the most picturesque valley of the Kafir-Kalash,
is 40 kms (25 miles) from Chitral and is connected by a jeepable road. Birir,
34 kms (21 miles) away, is accessible by a jeepable road. Rambur is 32 kms
(20 miles) from Chitral. The road is jeepable upto Ayun and the remaining 16
kms (10 miles) have to be travelled on foot. The Kalash women wear black
gowns of coarse cloth in summer and hand-spun wool dyed in black in winter.
Their picturesque headgear is made of woollen black material studded with
cowry shells, buttons and crowned with a large coloured feather. The Kalash
are gay people and love music and dancing particularly on occasions of their
religious festivals like Joshi Chilimjusht (14th & 15th May - Spring),
Phool (20th-25th September) and Chowas (18th to 21st December). This writer
along with a friend went to Bumburet on October 21, 2000 after a pause of
five years and found shocking developments. This Valley due to good jeepable
road experiences heavy influx of domestic and foreign tourists. These
growing tourism activities have not only effected cultural fabrics of Kalsh
people but the use of better food products which is mostly wrapped in
synthetic based packing material has ruined the valley. You can find
wrappers and empty packs of biscuits, pasteurised milk, instant juices and
other eatable commodities everywhere in the Valley of Bumburet. You can even
find wrappers of international standard condoms in water channels of
Bumburet. Littering in Bumburet River is giving a very unpleasant scene.
There is no doubt that growing tourism activities in this remotest area of
Pakistan is providing financial benefits to local people but they are
getting peanuts from the income this area is generated. There are three
major motels including one owned by National Tourism Organisation that is
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation. Head offices or you can say owners
of these all three big motels are living in big cities like Islamabad,
Lahore and Peshawar. Money is directly going to these big cities. These
hotels are using eatable commodities like jams, marmalades, butter, dairy
products made by big companies of the country. Nothing is used made by
Kalash people even meat and beef is coming up from Chitral. Tourism is
providing only one thing to Bumburet ----left-overs. It was observed that
there was no garbage dump provided to people by the Government or
Non-government Organisations which are champions of environments in
Pakistan. This problem needs attention of people involved in the field of
sustainable tourism and environments and they should come out of their
drawing rooms and offices and should do something on grounds. At least they
can provide simple inexpensive garbage canes to shopkeepers of this area
where they can collect left -overs and burn them as their fuel. Ecotourism
Society Pakistan has no resources for this as it does not take any donation
and membership is free and Society is run by core members out of their
personal financial resources. It can only seek help from other people just
to think about situation and come forward and do something before it is too
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November 22 to 24, 2000 in Strasbourg, France
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November 27-29, 2000 in Bangkok Thailand
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November 27,2000 in London, UK
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Feb 28 to Mar 2, 2001 in Cairo, Egypt
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Internet & Law Watch
Madonna Wins Namesake Domain
18/10/00 - Various
Madonna won the right to use the domain Madonna.com after an international
arbitration panel ruled entrepreneur Dan Parisi improperly
registered the site to trade off the singer's name. The three-member panel of
the World Intellectual Property Organization found Parisi, "lacks rights or
legitimate interests in the domain name," and that the name "has been
registered and used in bad faith."
19/10/00 - Wired News
A German hacker from Berlin's famed Chaos Computer Club is voted to the board of
ICANN, which oversees domain issues on the Internet. He wants people to
understand that "hacker" is not a bad word.
23/10/00 - Digitrends.net
A pricing error costs Buy.com $575,000. The California-based company agreed to
pay $50 apiece to the customers who filed a suit over a pricing error on a 19-inch
computer monitor, which was
briefly listed on buy.com's site in February 1999 for $164.50 – far below its
normal price of $564.50
Jobs Cut by 18%
24/10/00 - WSJ
Job losses at Internet firms have jumped 18 percent between September and
October and are likely to increase over the next three months, according to a
Wall Street Journal report. The number of layoffs at dot-com companies rose from
4,805 last month to 5,677 by Oct. 20.
30/10/00 - Various
Microsoft confirms that hackers have broken into
its computer network but says it was "not very" damaging. Some
experts think otherwise. Microsoft reported that a hacker had access for 12 days
and "was monitored the entire time", whatever that means. Microsoft has refused to say at what
point it learned the hacker saw the source codes.
31/10/00 - AP
In a sweeping tax-evasion
probe, the IRS has been granted access by a US District Judge to thousands of MasterCard and American
Express credit card accounts held by U.S. taxpayers in three offshore banking
havens. IRS maintains that they want to look at car, boat and airline ticket
purchases and hotel and car rentals to learn whether the account holders are
living beyond their reported means. The investigation is one of the largest
targeting offshore accounts in the history of the Internal Revenue Service.
auctioneers not liable for bootlegs
10/11/00 - Digitrends.net
A judge has ruled online auctioneer eBay cannot be sued for allowing people to
sell bootlegged audio recordings on its site, according to an AP report.
Eco - Quiz
Last month's Question was:
What is the name of a tourist destination in both Greece and
The answer was:
Petra, Jordan & Petra, Lesvos Island, Greece
Petra actually means "Stone" in both cases. Petra in Jordan is a
complex of ancient temples dug out in Stone while Petra in Lesvos took its name
from a huge monolith on top of which a Byzantine church has been built.
Winners: C. Alexopoulos, Athens
and P.V.P, Bucharest.
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