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ECOCLUB CORRESPONDENTS REPORT

SRI - LANKA: PATA ECOTOURISM CONFERENCE TO "PUT SRI LANKA ON THE MAP" 
by ECOCLUB Correspondent, Frederick De Silva Gurusinghe, President Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation. 

Sri Lankas' enormous potential as a rising Ecotourism destination in Asia and Pacific Region will be in focus at the 13th Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Adventure Travel and Ecotourism Conference and Mart (ATECM) held from January 30th to February 3rd 2001. in Sri Lanka. The Conference one of the main tourism marketing vehicle for PATAs 44 member countries, provides an ideal opportunity, particularly, for small countries to present their ecotourism potential. This conference is very special to Sri Lanka as it will provide tremendous exposure to the Island as a destination for adventure, nature and ecotourism travel. According to the Conference sources there will be 45 "buyers" from UK, USA, Australia, Thailand, Netherlands, Italy, France, New Zealand and other countries in Asia Pacific Region have registered for event. The newly appointed Chairman of the Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Tourist Board, Mr. Renton de Alwis, an active former Vice-President of PATA Asia, said that drawing up a comprehensive ecotourism development strategy will be given priority by the Board in its action Plan this year. De Alwis stated that 'Ecotourism was a specialized area and that Sri Lanka had a great opportunity to showcase its product as a new and exotic ecotourism destination. However, he warned against the use and abuse of the 'ecotourism label' without due consideration to its concepts and ideals'. 
Sri Lanka seems to be fast embracing ecotourism as an alternative to conventional mass tourism which is on the steady decline in Sri Lanka, mainly due to unhealthy competition among the sun, sea, and sand based mass tour operators themselves. At present, many such tour operators in Sri Lanka in collaboration with big time star class hotels are desperately offering 'ecotour packages' to attract unsuspecting up-market ecotourists. In fact what they are offering is traditional nature based tours and nothing to do with genuine ecotourism, which reminds the saying 'old wines in new bottle'

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: NEW PROTECTED HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS

by ECOCLUB Correspondent, Bouc Jones, Principal, Ecos College.

Migratory birds have now secured more protected habitat in the Lower Murray River Lakes and dune wetlands at the mouth of the Murray River, South Australia. The Coorong National Park at the mouth of the Murray has been expanded to include all of the tidal estuarine waters to the high tide mark and a detailed wetland management plan has been proclaimed to manage the remainder of the freshwater lakes that were created by the construction of a system of barrages during the 1940's. Since the construction of the barrages and the artificial regulation of the natural river flow this region has suffered considerable environmental degradation. It is expected that the new management plan will at least arrest the process of degradation with the possibility of improvement to this migratory bird habitat, which is included in the Ramsar Convention as a habitat of international importance. Regionally the Coorong and Lower Murray Ramsar Wetlands have been altered by river regulation, agriculture, introduced exotic plants and animals, river trade and recreation. It still contains, however, important waterbird habitats and is a significant drought refuge in a State that is recognised as one of the driest areas in the world. This area includes a variety of habitat types which can vary seasonally. Being within 80km of Adelaide, the major centre of population, it is also used extensively as a wetland and dune recreation area. The indigenous people, the Ngarrindjeri, naturally view the region as having significant importance to them and worry too about the main environmental and ecological threats which are:- habitat decline due to habitat simplification, conflicts of land use leading to excessive disturbance and loss of habitat, isolation from other wetlands because of changes to land use,  the presence of exotic plants and animals, fragmented management by many agencies,  the limited ability to influence occurrences upstream in the Murray Darling Basin which impact on the Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes, such as water diversions. The new management plan is at least a beginning.
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INDIA'S 7.9 EARTHQUAKE 
As many as 60,000 people or even more may have died and many thousands more are critically injured and missing as a result of an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale that shook western India on India's 52nd Republic Day. The epicenter was near Bhuj, a desert town of 150,000 people in western Gujarat state, close to the border between India and Pakistan. The earthqake was the biggest since 1819. U

UP TO 1,000  KILLED IN CENTRAL AMERICA QUAKE
and thousands injured in El Salvador after a strong earthquake strucks the Central American nation, setting off landslides and burying hundreds of homes. Environmental activists and local authorities in a town where a mountainside buried an entire neighborhood say deforestation and greed contributed to the disaster. Long before the hill came crashing down on top of the Las Colinas neighborhood outside San Salvador, environmentalists had asked Congress, and municipal officials had asked the Supreme Court, to block the construction of mansions on the hillside, saying the trees there helped prevent landslides.

WARNED ON DEPLETED URANIUM, 10 YEARS AGO ??  - 15-Jan-01 The Times 
According to The Times newspaper, the UK Atomic Energy Authority made clear in a 1991 confidential paper that "shells left in Kuwait were a potential source of radioactive contamination". 
 - The report was in THE TIMES, not in the "Daily Saddam" or in the "Slobodan Mirror".


GALAPAGOS DUMPED  - 24 Jan 01 -  AP, RT
Stricken tanker, Jessica, spills some 200,000 gallons of diesel into the waters off the Galapagos Islands. The Ecuadorian tanker captain whose Ecuadorian-registered ship ran aground on the Galapagos islands tearfully took the blame.
Tarquino Arevalo, said he had misjudged his entry into the suitably named "Shipwreck Bay". The visible damage to the fragile marine environment of the Galapagos Islands was the death of at least nine animals, authorities said. 

FIRST CHINESE TIGER RESERVE  - 2 Jan 01 - ENS
 

A nature reserve that is inhabited by up  to six Siberian tigers is upgraded to a national park.

COUGAR KILLS SKIER - 4 Jan 01 - AP
in Canadian BANFF National Park, Alberta.  A cougar stalked and killed a cross-country skier in Banff National Park, the park's warden said Wednesday. 

ELEPHANT TRAMPLES TOURIST - 11 Jan 01 - AP 
An American woman was trampled to death by an elephant in a Tanzanian national park after it " became enraged by the clicking sounds of her camera", officials said.

BOATERS PROMISE TO BRAKE FOR MANATEES 29 Jan 01 -  ENS 
Landmark legal settlement reached in principle between conservationists and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: to slow down boats in manatee habitat, reducing the risk of collisions with the endangered mammals.

SHELL SHELLED 29 Jan 01 - ENS
Environmentalists have taken oil giant Shell to court over its plans to build a pipeline for mineral and gas exploration in Pakistan's Kirthar National Park.

PESTICIDES & PARKINSON'S  - 3 Jan 01 - ENS
A combination of two widely used agricultural pesticides creates in mice the exact pattern of brain damage that appears in humans with Parkinson's disease. 
- Let's keep it organic folks !

NO-WATERWORLD - Johns Hopkins
By 2025, with world population projected to be at 8 billion, 48 countries containing 3 billion people will face chronic water shortages. In 25 years, humankind could be using over 90% of all available freshwater, leaving just 10% for the rest of the world's plants and animals. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Report http://www.jhuccp.org/pr/m15edsum.stm
- What an irony, water level will go up while potable water will disappear.

UK BANS HUNTING WITH DOGS 18 Jan 01 ENS
UK members of parliament vote overwhelmingly to ban hunting with dogs. Lots of barking though, outside the parliament.

TAIWAN BANS EATING
DOGS - 3 Jan 01 AP
Under a new Taiwanese law, a fine of up to $300 will be payable for butchering or selling dog meat, called "fragrant meat" in Taiwanese slang.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL RAINFOREST WOOD IMPORTS - 4 Jan 01 - EIA 
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is stepping up its campaign to eliminate US wood imports illegally sourced from the Indonesian rainforests which provide the last refuge of the orangutan. Fewer than 25,000 of which remain on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra where illegal logging is rife. Large volumes of Indonesian ramin, a rare tree species, are imported annually into the US and sold to the public by home improvement stores.

95% OF AMAZON FOREST GONE BY 2020 - Science 
Researchers in the United States used computer models to forecast the impact of a development scheme called "Advance Brazil". Science Journal Researchers' estimate that barely five percent of the Amazon will survive as pristine forest by 2020. The rest will be destroyed by logging, infrastructure, oil exploration and new towns.

UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH - worldwatch.org
480 million of the world's 6 billion people are being fed with grain produced with the unsustainable use of water

FISHING BANNED INSIDE INDIAN NATIONALPARK  - 11 Jan 01
Fishing inside the Kaziranga National Park, a world famous habitat for one horn rhino in Assam of India, has been banned.


NEW ROLES NEW WORLD BANK REPORT - 11Jan 01: 
"New Roles for Communities, Markets and Governments, a major policy report on the New Ideas in Pollution Regulation" Download at http://www.worldbank.org/nipr/greening/index.htm

ENDOSULFAN ENDOSULFAN?  NO THANK YOU, NO THANK YOU
An Environmental activist has obtained a temporary injunction barring the government of Kerala State, India, from spraying a highly toxic pesticide, Endosulfan Endosulfan, commonly used to fight insects. Allegedly (my lawyer kindly asked me to put the word allegedly), it is highly toxic to birds, fish, and beneficial insects. Scientists have also concluded, also allegedly (OK?)  that the hazard it presents to frogs and toads "is sufficiently great to warrant its replacement by less toxic alternatives wherever possible."

HECKTARES 11 Jan 01 - ENS
  
The Brazilian Agrarian Reform Ministry reportedly (nice word too) suspects more than 100 million hectares of land - an area bigger than Central America - is illegally held through phony land titles. 

ZIMBABWE : LEGALIZE IVORY - 17 Jan 01
The Zimbabwean government renews its demand for legal ivory sales following what authorities say is the swelling of its elephant population.

NORWAY: LEGALIZE THE WHALE TRADE - 18 Jan 01
Norway says its decision to allow the export of minke whale products is based on the principle of the "sustainable use of natural resources" 
- I will use you sustainably for your own good.

UK:  LEGALIZE HUMAN CLONING - 23 Jan 01 ENS 
The United Kingdom becomes the first country to legalize the creation of cloned human embryos, after the House of Lords voted last night to relax government regulations. The UNELECTED upper house voted their approval by a majority of 120.
- The PEOPLE decides.... Would any of their Lordships have shares in biomedical companies - no, of course not.

CLINTON: NO DRILLING IN ALASKA 18-01-01 UPI 
Former US President Bill Clinton calls on Congress to ensure environmental protections for Alaskan wild lands, which the incoming administration has vowed to open for oil drilling. "We must continue, I believe, to safeguard the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), a Serengeti of the Americas". 

BUSH BLOCKS CLINTON'S 11th HOUR ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES  - 22 Jan 01 - ENS
Incoming President George W. Bush on Saturday moved quickly to block the implementation of a host of environmental protection initiatives that had been put in place during the waning weeks of the former Clinton/Gore administration.
- It took Clinton 8 years to remember these initiatives, but only 1 day for Bush. Strange.

TR-OOPS FIRE   - 23 Jan 01 - ENS
A remote haven for South Atlantic seabirds has been all but destroyed in a fire started by British troops attempting to remove ordnance. 

NEPAL BANS IMPORT OF "POLLUTING" VEHICLES  - 24 Jan 01 - ENS
The Nepal Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to immediately stop the import of Indian vehicles not meeting Euro-I vehicular emission standards. The smoke belching vehicles were allegedly "a primary cause of pollution in the Kathmandu Valley which contains eight sites listed in UNESCO's World Heritage List". 
- Yes, but I was under the impression that all vehicles, not just Indian are polluting. Could there be something else? 

ARCTIC NUKE ROUTE DENOUNCED -  24 Jan 01 - Greenpeace
A plan to ship highly radioactive nuclear waste from Europe to Japan via the Arctic has been described as "desperate madness" by Greenpeace.

DEAD FISH -  25 Jan 01 - Greenpeace / ENS
Activists launch a protest in Turkish Gulf of Izmit, just south of Istanbul while scientists argued over just why the Gulf has been filling up with dead fish.

NEW PRIMATES DISCOVERED - BUT THEY ARE ENDANGERED !  - 26 Jan 01 - ENS

Nine new lemur and two marmoset species have been discovered in the forests of Madagascar and Brazil.

BUSH VS BUSH  - 26 Jan 01  - AP 

Jeb Bush has sent a letter off to Washington, telling the new administration headed by his brother to forget about opening up Florida's Gulf Coast to more offshore drilling.

CALIFORNIA MANDATES ZERO EMISSION CARS SACRAMENTO, California, January 30, 2001 (ENS) - Despite pressure from the auto industry, California air quality officials voted last week to require automakers to sell electric cars and other zero emissions vehicles in the state by 2003. The decision triggers similar legislation in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. 

GORILLAS SURVIVE GUERILLAS - 30 Jan 01 - IGCP  
Rare mountain gorilla population has increased 10% despite 10 years of armed conflict in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. The Virunga population of highly endangered mountain gorillas has been protected effectively and the numbers have increased by more than 10%. This population of mountain gorillas increased from 320 to 355 individuals, based on monitoring data from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

REPORTERS SANS FREEDOM
Press freedom report in 2000 by Reporters Sans Frontiers: 26 journalists killed, 329 journalists arrested, 510 journalists threatened or harassed, 295 media censored, 77 journalists imprisoned More at  http://www.rsf.fr

HORRIBLE ECOTOURISM QUOTATION OF THE MONTH - Source not revealed for legal purposes.
Watamu, Kenya 26 Jan 01 
"Take a dollop of local tribes-people, a cup of endangered wildlife, a sprinkling of stunning landscape and a pinch of tourists... the perfect recipe for an eco-friendly safari."  
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NEW QUALITY LODGE ADDED
ECOCLUB SA is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement with Cabanas Pijiba, as you read above the winner
of the Conservation International 2000 Ecotourism Excellence Award. Visit Cabanas Pijiba at 
http://ecoclub.com/pijiba

ECOCLUB.com members now enjoy discounts from 25 quality ecotourism providers. If you are not a member, click here

NEW EXPERT MEMBERSHIP keeps growing
Three new
Experts have signed up at ECOCLUB.com and offer discounts to Members.  
Check them out at
http://ecoclub.com/experts.html and http://ecotourism.cc/experts.html

PRICES SLASHED AT THE ECOCLUB SHOP - CHARITY DONATION PROGRAM INITIATED
Following the entry of our local currency, the Greek Drachma - arguably at 2,600 years the worlds most ancient currency
in the EURO zone, prices are now stated in Euros (EUR).  In parallel we decided to leave the prices unchanged in numerical terms, therefore customers are now enjoying a 7% cut. We also decided to replace  the Members discount and to replace it with a donation of 5% for every purchase to a charity / cause of your choice. When you buy an ecoproduct you will then tell us to which charity you wish the donation made, or to select from a list of existing charities.  As soon as the funds reach EUR 50 we will then send a check to your selected charity and a letter with all the names of the people that contributed. You will also be able to check the Charities balances on-line.  So make an ECO-GIFT to someone and it is a DOUBLE ECO-GIFT. 
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A new column for readers to have a go at defining ecotourism !
Here is my 2 attempts:

"Ecotourism is nature based travel which benefits the local environment, economy and society. ECOCLUB S.A.

And on a lighter note:

"Defining ecotourism is as elusive, as the animals on some ecotours" - ECOCLUB S.A.

"Ecotourism for me, is an impetus of learning every human aspect in order to be aware of the different events, effects, problems and diversities that let us remember how we nurture our community and resources for the inner being for ourselves and for the welfare of the next generation that every one of us, is a pillar"
-  Angelito Teves, Philippines

"Ecotourism for me, is a new dimension of the global tourism industry in which selected sites and locations and some times entire geographical zones are preserved for people to visit and appreciate them in their pristine natural beauty. Ecotourism is nature based tourism that involves interpretation and education of the natural environment and is managed ecologically and sustainably offering tangible returns to the local community." 
- Palitha Gurusinghe, Sri Lanka

"Ecotourism for me, is a form of education about our ecological and cultural issues; when people least expect it and therefore are the most receptive, when they are relaxed and happy."
- Sally Scott, Australia.
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Would you be in favour of a 0.01% Tax on all Stock Exchange transactions worldwide in order to combat poverty and support conservation?

Total Votes 37

YES  92%
NO  8%

A clear result.
My calculations show that a 0.01% Tax on the New York Stock Exchange would have grossed
$ 4,386,700 on 1 average trading day of 2000 or about $ 1.1 billion in a year. 
A 0.1% Tax would gross $11 billion per annum. And this is just for the NYSE
Food for thought then.

Check the February Poll at http://ecotourism.cc 
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Trade Shows / Conferences 2001

If you are organising or are aware of an ecotourism related Trade Show or Conference please send the details to
news@ecoclub.com to promote it for free. 

More info on these and other events at ECOCLUB.com EVENTS:  http://ecoclub.com/events  
N.B. To get free access instantly, please join ECOCLUB.com at http://ecoclub.com/join.html

Feb 7-9, 2001
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, Location New Delhi, India 
Feb 14 - Mar 7, 200, 
Permaculture Course, Location Costa - Rica 
Feb 15-18, 200, 
BIO FACH- World Organic Trade Fair, Location Nuremberg, Germany 
Feb 17-18, 2001
IATOS 2001 EXPO, Location Chicago, IL, USA 
Feb 23 -25, 2001, 
Independent Traveler's World, Location Islington, London, UK 
Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2001
WASTE 2001, the "Middle East Congress and Exhibition for Recycling and Waste Management", Location Cairo, Egypt
Feb 28-Mar 3, 2001
Nonprofits in Travel Conference, Location Washington DC, USA 
Mar 3-4, 2001, 
Independent Traveler's World, Location Leeds, UK 
March 5-6, 2001
WTO Seminar on Planning, Development and Management of Ecotourism in Africa, Location: Maputo, Mozambique,
Mar 26-28, 2001
Wilderness Britain, Location Leeds, UK Details 
Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2001
Coastal Plain Waters 2001, Location Washington, N. Carolina, USA
Apr 1-8, 2001
Mountain Travel Symposium, Location Park City, UT, USA
Apr 5-6, 2001
International Sustainable Development Research Conference 2001, Location Manchester, UK 
May 28-30, 2001,
Indigenous Knowledge Conference, Location Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 
Jun 3-7, 2001
Wind Power 2001, Location Washington DC, USA 
June 6-8, 2001
ECOSUD 2001, Third International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, Location Alicante, Spain 
Jun 4-6, 2001, 
Eco-Entrepreneur Conference, Location Oman 
Jun 21-22, 2001,
7th Annual Eco-Management and Auditing Conference, Location The Netherlands 
Jul 2-4, 2001 ,
7th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Location San Francisco, CA, USA Details 
Sep 5-8, 2001
Conservation of Biodiversity in the Andes and Amazon Basin, linking science, NGOs and Indigenous People, Location Cusco, Peru 
Oct 3-5, 2001,
 eTravel World Conference, Location Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 
Dec 5-8, 2001
EcoDesign 2001, Location Tokyo, Japan
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W@tch

@Yahoo finally decides to ban Nazi and Ku Klux Klan merchandise from being auctioned on its sites.

@Germany's state-run Independent Center for Privacy Protection is spearheading a drive to educate Net users worldwide about how to recognize and avoid violations of their privacy.

@William Hewlett, 87, Dies The co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, William Hewlett, dies in his sleep in his Palo Alto home.

@The U.S. Copyright Office is considering ways for content to be destroyed on hard drives after a secondary sale.

@Nintendo Didn't Like a Pokemon meta tag a couple of guys put up a in a nondescript site

@The personal information of about 45,000 Travelocity customers was available on the company website for all to see. No blaming hackers but pure and simple human error.

@ US States Consider Unifying Web Purchase Tax 

@Amazon to close a distribution center and a customer service center, affecting 850 employees.
It also dismisses criticism that the were made in an area of the company that was trying to unionize. 

@87% of E-Crimes Linked to Auction Sites according to a new eMarketer report. Its latest e-privacy and security survey found 87 percent of the online fraud committed in 2000 was attributed to e-auction sites.

@VW Creates Online Buzz for New Beetle. The car company made two colors available for purchase only online, and provided rich-media elements to boost sales.

@GEORGE ORWELL EVENT OF THE MONTH:  "Super Bowl 2001 fans were secretly treated to a mass, biometric scan in which video cameras tied to a temporary law-enforcement command centre digitised their faces and compared them against photographic lists of known malefactors. Everyone entering Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida last Sunday was subjected to the surveillance system cameras, set up at the entrance turnstiles" 
Details: www.theregister.co.uk
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Get details on these jobs by email to news@ecoclub.com  Soon on-line at http://ecoclub.com/jobs

*** Employment Opportunity with The International Ecotourism Society Title: Operations Manager Location: The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Burlington, Vermont Terms: Full time Salary: 28K plus benefits Application Deadline: Apply Immediately Start Date: March 1, 2001
*** Employment Opportunity with The International Ecotourism Society Title: Director, International Year of Ecotourism (IYE) Location: The International Ecotourism Society, Burlington, Vermont Terms: Full-time Salary: $30,000 annual plus benefits Application Deadline: March 1, 2001 Start Date: April 1, 2001
*** Employment Opportunity with The International Ecotourism Society Title: Research and Communications Intern Location: The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Burlington, Vermont Terms: Full-time, six months Salary: $250 monthly stipend & housing arrangements Application Deadline: March 1, 2001 Start Date: April 1, 2001

*** Regional Director, Panos South Asia Panos South Asia is a regional information and communications not-for-profit organisation based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a country office in New Delhi, India. Panos South Asia works with the media, policy-makers and international agencies throughout South Asia to provide information and stimulate debate on developing issues. Applications for the post of Regional Director are invited from nationals of South Asia.

*** CANADA WOLF REPRESENTATIVE SOUGHT BY Defenders of Wildlife
*** DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, BRAZIL DIVISION The Nature Conservancy
*** PROJECTS MANAGER BirdLife International, based at the Secretariat
*** APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONFERENCE REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA
*** WARDEN / NATURALIST WANTED BEDFORD, NY
*** TOUR GUIDE / INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST SOUGHT, ST PAUL ISLAND, AK
*** CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND IS SEEKING A COORDINATOR FOR ITS CASES AND LEAP PROGRAM 
*** EARTHROOTS, TORONTO WANTS A WILDERNESS CAMPAIGNER 
*** THE CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION WANTS A PROJECT COORDINATOR
*** CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL, WASHINGTON, D.C. WANTS MARKETING MANAGER 
*** FORD FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS 
*** UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SEEKS CHAIR IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS The University of Oregon 
*** ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE WANTS TO HIRE A SOCIAL SCIENTIST IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 
*** CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN ARIZONA WANTS THREE POSITIONS 
***  MONTANA ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION CENTER DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
***  WOMEN'S VOICES FOR THE EARTH WANTS AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MONTANA 
*** CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, WANTS AN ORGANIZER 
*** ALLIANCE FOR THE WILD ROCKIES, MONTANA, WANTS AN OUTREACH COORDINATOR 
*** TWO SENIOR BIOLOGISTS NEEDED BY ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING FIRM IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 
*** 35 U.S. YOUTH INVITED TO JOIN THE GREEN CORPS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING 
*** VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC WANTS A PROFESSOR OF FOREST RESOURCES 
*** CERES WANTS TO FILL THREE ENVIRONMENTAL POSITIONS 
*** IMPERIAL COLLEGE, LONDON WANTS TWO CLIMATE CHANGE MODELLERS 
*** ENVIRONMENT MANAGER NEEDED IN EGYPT 
*** THE NATURE CONSERVANCY SEEKS NORTHEAST OREGON STEWARDSHIP DIRECTOR
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Eco - Quiz

The JANUARY ECO-QUIZ  was:

TWO ISLANDS, SAME NAME, DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, 11,000 KM APART. NAME THE ISLANDS !

THE MOST CORRECT ANSWER WAS: Admiralty Island, Nunavut (Canada) and Admiralty Island(s), Papua New Guinea = They are 11,080 km apart.  Because of the little "s" we decided to also accept the following replies:

Andros,  Bahamas and Andros, Greece = 9,462 km apart and 
Channel Islands (UK) and Channel Islands (USA) = 8,948 km apart.

Our Winners:  
Elena Papas, USA, 
C. Alexopoulos, Greece [4th time, no the competition is not rigged !] , 
P. P., Romania [2nd time], 
Jerry A-Kum, Jamaica

Because we were so kind in January , a slightly more difficult question in February ! 

THE FEBRUARY ECO-QUIZ:

Name a characteristic life cycle difference between an Atlantic and Pacific variety of a well known species !

PRIZE: A SURPRISE PRODUCT FROM THE ECOCLUB SHOP -featuring selected eco-gifts.

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