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issue 20, December 1, 2000
ISSN 1108-8931

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World Ecotourism News

Miss "Eco-Tourism" ?!
21 Nov 00 - New Straits Times
Maria Esperanza A. Manzano of the Philippines won the Miss Tourism International 2000 title at the "grand ballroom of the Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel". She also won two subsidiary titles which were the Miss Lianasari Eco-Tourism and the Miss Hospitality awards. 
- What next, an Eco-Tourism football team?

GALAPAGOS - Battle over Lobsters
22 Nov 00 ENS  
Lobster fishermen protest over new catch limits by vandalizing the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos chain and threatening the station's employees. Two fishermen get wounded in a tear gas battle.

ECOSERT for Sustainable Tourism
15/11/00 various
Project ECOSERT (European Cooperation for Sustainable Environmental Regional Development through Tourism) is an initiative dedicated to furthering tourism developments that are sensitive to the environment. Led by the Prefecture of Magnesia in Greece, this inter-regional initiative is well under way, with the three partner regions coming from Greece, Italy and the UK.

A "deep breath" and a "killing"
15/11/00 -  The Malay Mail
"Folks in several traditional villages in Dengkil can take a deep breath as they don't have to move out to make way for new development. They are encouraged to retain the kampung houses with spacious compounds and orchards. While other villagers fringing Putrajaya and Cyberjaya would opt for easy money by selling off their land for developers, villagers in seven small villagers in Dengkil can make a killing by being involved in eco- tourism."
- Take a deep breath indeed. In any case how would you feel if you had to "move out" to make way for development.

Renewable Energy Makes Wavess
20/11/00 -
The world's biggest and first commercially viable wave energy power collector Limpet, partly funded by the EU Commission under the JOULE program is about to begin operating. It is estimated that if less than 0.1% of the renewable energy within the oceans could be converted into electricity it would satisfy the present world demand for energy more than five times over.

More World Heritage in Danger
27/11/00 Unesco
The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in Senegal, the historic city of Zabid in Yemen and the Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Pakistan have been added to the list of World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, which has been meeting in Cairns, Australia, since November 25. Djoudj is threatened by the invasion of a water plant, Salvinia molesta, which has crossed over the Senegal River and invaded the Diawling National Park of Mauritania. Zabid, a former capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century, was a city of great importance in the Arab and Muslim world for many centuries because of its Islamic University. Today the city is in decline and in a very poor state of conservation. A mission of experts has observed serious deterioration in the city's heritage: around 40 percent of the city's houses have been replaced by concrete buildings, and other houses and the ancient souk are in a deteriorating state. Pakistan's Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore are a testimony of the brilliant Mogul civilisation. "Tanks built 375 years ago to supply water to the Garden's fountains were destroyed in June 1999 to widen the road which borders the gardens on their south side. The perimeter walls of the Garden are also deteriorating. The list is revised annually at the meeting of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. 

UK bans mink farms
27/11/00 ENS
Tens of thousands of mink may be saved as the UK becomes the first country in the world to ban raising animals for their pelts.

New protection zones in China
27/11/00 - Xinhua
"During the Tenth Five-Year Plan period (2001-2005) China will set up 40 to 50 key ecological protection zones during the next five years in several regions including the source of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, the two longest rivers in China, according to the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA). Different from nature reserves, where human activities are prohibited, the ecological protection zones allow human activities"
- The third way to conservation?

"Cold Feet", "Pigs"  and no agreement at the Environment Summit
27/11/00 - BBC
UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott blames French Environment Minister Dominique Voynet for scuttling the talks on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying she had got "cold feet, had been tired and could not understand the complex issues". Voynet replies calling Prescott a "male chauvinist pig".
- Order, Order

Fumigation, futile
20/11/00 - U.S. Newswire
Coca and opium poppy production in Colombia tripled from 1994 to 1999, despite fumigating over 240,000 hectares of illicit crops with more than two million liters of glyphosate. Emperatriz Cahuache, President of the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon, stated "Fumigation violates our rights and territorial autonomy. It has intensified the violence of the armed conflict and forced people to leave their homes after their food crops have been destroyed."glyphosate has well-documented deleterious effects on soil micro-organisms, mammalian life including humans, invertebrates, and aquatic organisms, especially fish." This represents a major cause for concern since a significant portion of coca cultivation occurs alongside rivers in the Colombian Amazon that flow directly into Ecuador and Brazil.

Global Warming already drowning Islands, in costs.
27/11/00 - Reuters
South Pacific island nations have suffered more than US $1 billion in damages in the past 10 years from rising sea levels and tropical storms, according to a  World Bank report on global warming.

Islanders protest against pearl farm plans
28/11/00 - BBC Monitoring
In Cook Island,  the Taporoporoanga Ipukarea environmental group, the petition protests government plans to sub-lease part of Suwarrow's main atoll to an Australian company which wants to start a major black-pearl farm and tuna fishery. Suwarrow is a breeding ground for a variety of seabirds from all over the Pacific region. 

The rule of chainsaw prevails
28/11/00 - AP
A thousand-year-old redwood tree which served as a home  for environmentalist Julia "Butterfly" Hill has been cut by a chainsaw, authorities said. Hill drew worldwide attention for two years as she perched on top of the tree she called Luna -- 18 stories high -- to protest timber logging. She descended last December after its owners, Pacific Lumber, agreed to spare the tree and a surrounding buffer zone.
Still,  the coward who cut the tree had to wait two whole years.

Alternative Agriculture Center in India 
29/11/00 -
A novel venture in the field of agricultural communication will be unveiled in Dharwad (Karnataka State, INDIA) on December 3, 2000. The Centre for Alternative Agricultural Media (CAAM), the first of its kind in the country, will be inaugurated with many objectives to focus on farmer friendly communication system.

Greek environmentalists prevail (?)
30/11/00 - ECOCLUB
The Government Minister, responsible for coordinating the revision of the constitution, promised to amend his controversial proposals for a new draft of article 24, which deal with forest conservation and which according to environmentalists would open the way to uncontrolled development in protected areas, (see ECOCLUB issue 19), after a meeting with 30 representatives of environmental NGOs. Meanwhile the government, under pressure from the International Olympic Committee, is going full speed ahead with another controversial project, the construction of the Olympic Rowing Center in an Important Area for Birds, 40 Km north east of Athens.

Chernobyl again ! 
30/11/00 - AP
Workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant found a highly radioactive fuel fragment atop the sarcophagus that covers a reactor ruined in the world's worst nuclear accident, officials said. The 8-inch fragment, emits radiation of some 200 Roentgen an hour or a  thousand times higher than normal. News

Following your suggestions, the community has been re-designed along country lines, instead of by topic.

The member lodges page has also been re-designed to become more user-friendly.

A new type of membership - Expert membership is now available at Expert membership is suitable for eco-professionals that wish to offer services, either consultancy or other to members of or to the general public. For more information go to

Monthly Poll & Editorial

The ecotourism .CC Poll: 
Who really cares about the environment?

Final Certified Votes: 75
(New results including recounts)








Nadie (nobody)


Best voter comment remains: "They all care about the environment...Until next Tuesday!"

In issue 19 we noted: "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". Well, the recounts seem to have stopped (?) and so did our poll. During the recount period "Nadie (nobody)" narrowed the difference but still did not manage to come first. So Gore wins this one, (who knows about the other one).

The new ecotourism .CC poll: 
Who is to blame for the failure of the Global Warming Talks: 

1. USA
2. EU.
3. The procedure is a hoax.

Members Forum

A column for Ecotourism Ring and Members news and views. 
The Editors are not responsible for any views expressed here and reserve the right to edit or reject manuscripts.

Logging Concession in Manusela National Park, Indonesia by Ecotourism Ring Member 
Djuna Ivereigh Executive Director Project Bird Watch
"Manusela National Park is a hub of biodiversity for Maluku, the far-flung "Spice Island" region of eastern Indonesia. Manusela occupies nearly a tenth of the area of Seram island, and was intended to protect all of the island's habitats and species. The park is a stronghold for 25% of the endemic birds known to Maluku. These include such beauties as Moluccan King Lories and Purple-naped Lories and the regal Moluccan (aka Seram or Salmon-crested) Cockatoo. Unfortunately, Manusela is also up for sale. The Indonesian Department of Forestry is currently renewing a logging concession that includes some tens of thousands of hectares of Manusela's primary lowland forest. [See map.] Primary lowland forest is a critical habitat for birds. Its rich diversity of fruits are available year-round. And old-growth trees feature hollows where parrots, cockatoos and hornbills can nest. The lowland primary forest of Seram is also a critical habitat for people. Seram's forest interior is one of those few places on earth still inhabited traditional animists. Those at Huaulu are well-respected for their ethnobotanical knowledge. The last living descendant of the Saka tribe believes that his society rose up from the earth via an immense cave. These are not people who will take readily to resettlement. Clearly, it's illegal to log within Indonesia's national parks. But boundaries are poorly defined at Manusela, and park encroachment is all too easy within an active concession. Since the downfall of president Suharto in 1998, the spate of illegal logging in Indonesia has reached catastrophic proportions. It's now estimated that 70% of the wood harvest in Indonesia is illegal. Much of this is from National Parks. What can possibly be done? We need to go find out."

Trade Shows / Conferences

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Africa Travel Associations (ATA) Fourth Ecotourism Symposium 
December 3 to 8, 2000 in Abuja, Nigeria.

European Seminar of Experts on Ecotourism
December 13 to 15,2000  in Barcelona, Spain

Cultural Tourism in Africa Conference
December 13 to 16, in Mombasa, Kenya

International Ecotourism Conference and Eco Expo 2000

December 13 to 20, 2000 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Tourism On Islands & Specific Destinations Conference
December 14 to 17, 2000 in Chios, Greece

International Symposium on Community Based Eco-Cultural Tourism 2001
January 10 to 14, 2001 in Tamil Nadu, India

Waste 2001, the "Middle East Congree & Exhibition for Recycling & Waste Management
Feb 28 to Mar 2, 2001 in Cairo, Egypt

2nd International Conference "From Eco-Efficiency to Overall Sustainability in Enterprises"
May 15 to 16, 2001 in Dusseldorf, Germany

Internet & Law Watch

Daughter buys mother
21/11/00 -
In a strange twist, Plc, Europe's largest online travel agency, announced that it had completed its acquisition of Flightbookers Plc, the 17-year-old brick-and-mortar travel company that originally gave birth to 

Carnivore approved
23/11/00  - wired

The independent review of the Carnivore e-mail surveillance system says the FBI should continue to use it, but it also warns against potential abuse.

Much ado about .travel
IATA and ASTA fight over the .travel Top Level Domain (TLD), however icann completely ignores the domain.

Personal emails banned, at work
28/11/00 - ZDnet
The British Chamber of Commerce has warned that employers may ban workers from sending personal emails to avoid legal liability, in light of a draft code of practice from the Data Protection Commission. The warning comes shortly after a tribunal ruling Monday, which upheld a company's decision to sack two employees for wasting resources by distributing joke emails. 

Japan eases Internet

30/11/00 -
Japanese Parliament passes a bill to try to boost Internet use in Japan. The legislation, which takes effect in January 2001, is designed to ease regulations for the Internet

Living La Vida on-line
30/11/00 - EIU
The use of the Internet in Latin America has shown explosive growth, rising from just 1.4m users in 1995 to over 17.2m in 1999. This meteoric rise is predicted to continue, reaching 162m by 2005. 

Eco - Quiz

Last month's Question was: 
Where is Fanning Island and under which other name is it known?
The answer was: TABUAERAN, Republic of Kiribati 

Tabuaeran, atoll (1990 pop. 1,309), in central Pacific, one of the Line Islands and part of the Republic of Kiribati. Visited by and originally named after the American explorer Edmund Fanning in 1798, it was annexed by Great Britain in 1889 and became a part of the colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in 1916. It was renamed Tabuaeran when it gained independence as part of Kiribati in 1979. The atoll is composed of several islets, with a total area of 35 square km,  that surround a lagoon 32 miles (51 km) in circumference. It served as a transpacific cable-relay station, which was in service until 1963. The island is owned by Fanning Island Plantations, Ltd., a copra-processing and export company. 
(Source: Britannica and Columbia Encyclopedias)

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The new Eco-Quiz:  
You have just lost your backpack in the jungle. Your sport shoes are wet, the night is cloudy, you can not see the moon or the stars. All you have is a candle, a box of matches, and a razor. Your ecolodge is 2 km north but you can not see anything or hear anything in the dense jungle. It is very dangerous to stay there and wait for the break of dawn, you need to get to the lodge immediately. How do you find your way?  

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