LOCAL COMMUNITIES MANAGE NATURE RESERVES"
by ECOCLUB Suriname Correspondent, Jerry R. A-Kum.
communities in Suriname are participating in hearing sessions in order to make a
management plan for the newly erected Central Suriname Nature Reserve. In a
Community participatory workshop organised by Conservation International
Suriname in February, both Amerindian and Maroon societies were consulted. This
information will be utilised in setting up a 5-year Management Plan for the
nature reserve in this South American country. According to Mr. Stanley Malone,
Director Field Program and Operations at Conservation International Suriname,
workshop has been the first of a series. Within 15 months the operational plan
for the reserve will be ready and thus paving the way for joint activities
between local communities, the government and other organizations. Follow-up
workshops will be conducted after two months. The Central Suriname Nature
Reserve, which was erected in 1998, is one of the major protected areas in the
world. The area comprises more than 1.6 million hectares of primary tropical
forest. The nature reserve is considered to be one of the world's rarest places,
totally uninhabited and completely covered in forest. Whilst a significant
portion of the area is still unexplored. US based Conservation International
committed itself to assisting Suriname in the management costs of the new
protected area, as well as to develop a develop a strategy for
conservation-based investment in Ecotourism, Bio-prospecting, non-timber forest
products and Agroforestry. The Central Suriname Nature Reserve was added last
year to the UNESCO World Heritage List of Sites.
PATA ECOTOURISM CONFERENCE A SUCCESS
by ECOCLUB Sri-Lanka Correspondent, Mr. Frederick De Silva Gurusinghe,
The 13th PATA Adventure Travel and Ecotourism Conference and
Mart (ATECM) was successfully concluded in Sri Lanka in early February, 2001.
The Conference was attended by nearly 200 delegates including 38 buyers and 81
sellers from travel companies throughout the world. The PATA Conference was
hosted by PATA Sri Lanka Chapter in association with the Ministry of Tourism and
Sports, Ceylon Tourist Board and the Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka. Addressing
the occasion, the Minister of Tourism and Sports in Sri Lanka said "....
Sri Lankan government is conscious of the potential adverse effects that
haphazard development of tourism will have on the society and on the natural
environment.." Mr. Renton De Alwis, Chairman of the Ceylon Tourist Board
said that ecotourism enables the consumer to recolonize the value of their
contributing towards the conservation of natural and cultural resources. The
visitors expect to be enriched with in depth experience when they travel to
exotic and resources rich destinations and are creating quality demand for
genuine ecotour operations. This places and enormous challenge on tourism
planners and developers and operators alike. This important conference provides
us another opportunity to refocus ourselves and further ensure that we together
develop a sound ecotourism industry in the Asia and the Pacific" he said.
Mr. Joseph A Macinerney, Chief Executive Officer, (PATA) said ".. Sri Lanka
is an ideal location for promoting ecotourism. There will be no quick solutions
for environmental challenges confronting tourism industry with population
growth, economic pressures and diminishing biodiversity. This event promises us
in-depths insights in to subjects such as in protecting ecosystems and
biodiversity in Sri Lanka and the countries rich with natural
resources...." The PATA Conference which 200 representatives and media
personnel participated for a five day event provided a platform to promote their
tourism product, discuss and identify market opportunities and execute business
Ecotourism takes centre-stage during "Visit Pakistan" Year
by ECOCLUB Pakistan Correspondent, Agha Ekrar Haroon, President, Ecotourism
Pakistan has five out of 12 greatest mountains of the world
including second greatest Mountain Godwin Austin known as K-2. In connection with
the International Year of Mountains, Pakistan has decided to
celebrate Visit Pakistan Year in 2002. A formal announcement is expected soon. Pakistan tried to celebrate Visit Pakistan in
year 1999 but it was postponed to Year 2001 and again postponed after
Army rule was imposed. Meanwhile, "Month of Mountains", a prequel to
the Year of Mountains, is also going to be celebrated in Pakistan during April-May
2001 by a group of Organisations including Rural Development
Society (RDS) Austria, Vienna Technical University, Pakistan Austrian Institute
for Tourism and Hotel Management (PAITHOM), IFIP, Pakistan Tours Limited,
University of Peshawar and Ecotourism Society Pakistan (ESP). The Pakistan Ministry of Tourism
is also holding National and International
seminars in this regard. A National seminar was held on February 21, 2001 at
Islamabad and it was attended by top tour operators, state officials from all four provinces of Pakistan.
Next, an International Seminar is tol be held in June 2001 which 40 tour-operators from all over the world
are expected to attend. This will be followed by another International event in September 2001.
When contacted by ECOCLUB,
the authorities celebrating "Month of Mountains" maintained that the
exchange of experiences before forthcoming International Year of Mountains and
International Year of Ecotourism 2002 is the need of the day for all countries
having lofty and gorgeous mountains and fragile ecosystems like Pakistan. A well-founded dialogue
and expert discussion between the local population and international and
national experts is necessary. When expected partners come closer, it is observed that
the creation of an interdisciplinary network, platform for
regional development, and Ecotourism, practice-oriented training and
education development in remote mountainous areas (on a national and
international level) is being needed.
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ERASING WORLD HERITAGE,
"IN THE NAME OF GOD"
Afghanistan's rulers, Taliban vowed to destroy
all statues from the country's rich cultural past, declaring that the
world-famous sculptures are "un-Islamic". First targets could be the collection of
the national museum in Kabul and
Afghanistan's best-known archaeological site, the two towering Buddhas, World
Heritage Monuments, carved
into a cliff face at Bamiyan. Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef,
the Taliban ambassador in Pakistan, dismissed criticism by the
United Nations as interference in an internal affair and the Taliban's
religious beliefs! The Mullah said the action was necessary to ensure "no one worshipped
a statue." Pakistan offered to mediate while Muslim religious leaders
around the world stated that the Taliban decision has no relation with Muslim
beliefs. Situated at a
crossroads of the ancient Silk Routes, Afghanistan enjoys a unique cultural
heritage marked by multiple influences from Persia, Greece, Hinduism, Buddhism
and Islam. Most statues date from nearly 2,000 years ago, when Afghanistan was a
center of Buddhist learning and pilgrimage. They were largely untouched for more
than a millennium after the arrival of Islam, and survived the onslaughts of
Genghis Khan in the 13th century.
BRIBING FOR CONSERVATION?
The Press Democrat 24/2
Following the "war" between fishermen and conservation
scientists in the Galapagos last November, some advocate a buyout of all the non-essential
population on the
Galapagos at a cost of about $500 million.
Very sad and it would not work.
HUNTING SEASON CUT IN
The fear of being found guilty at the European Court of Justice once more over
an environmental issue, leads the Greek
government to comply with European Directive 79/409. The hunting season for
migratory birds will now end on the 31st of January instead of 28 February each
year. Greece has an estimated 250,000
registered [recreational] hunters or 2.3% of the population and there is a small
but vocal hunters party.
MOUNTAIN CUT IN CHINA
The Times 15/2
Chinese authorities in the city of Lanchow , in Kansu Province, which in 1998
acquired the infamous title of the most polluted city in the world, are
examining the possibility of lowering a nearby mountain by 274 meters,
allegedly to allow more air flow in this city which is surrounded by
hundreds of hills and small mountains. The plan had been aborted in 1998 when locals protested
over the destruction of ancestral graves on the
CLUB MED FOUNDER DIES, CLUB
MED NOT DOING VERY WELL EITHER
The Economist - 10/2
Club Mediterranee, started with some American army
surplus tents in 1950, set in a pine wood on the Spanish Island of Majorca, and
based on a recipy of antidote to civilisation, warm seas and community living
was an instant hit. But it was Gilbert Trigano who is "credited" with
turning Club med into a mainstream business, replacing tents and the community
spirit by immitation thatched huts, happy animateur staff, soft comfort
bungalows, hotels and even scandals over private guests information. By 1990, as
profits waned, Business Schools were using the firm as a death of a brand
case -study. Good riddance too, one may say, as the visitors to these pleasure
domes never ventured out to interact with "the locals". In fact local
"traditional" ceremonies were wheeled in instead. After a shareholder
revolt in 1997, Trigano and his son stood down and were replaced by, er,
the man who revived Euro-Disneyland...
RECORD SEAL BIRTHS IN THE
Express / M.o.m. 10/2
Record births were observed - 12 instead of the annual average of 8 monk seals
in the Greek National Marine Park of Alonissos last year. The
Mediterannean monk seal is the most endangered Marine Mammal in Europe.
Environmentalists demand the creation of two more protected areas around Karpathos and Kimolos
Ancient Greeks greatly respected the monk seals and used to refer to them as the "people of
SURVIVING TV IN KOH ROK
Local activists have objected to a French version of the American television hit
being shot on Koh Rok Island, in Krabi province, Thailand saying it would harm
this small island's environment. The Forestry Department had allegedly received a Bt1 million fee for
use of the island to make the show. The department would use the money to build tourist facilities on the island.
Juthaporn Ruengron-asa, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's marketing promotion department, said the program "would promote eco-tourism."
"Eco-tourism" maybe , Ecotourism certainly not.
GIANT PANDA, GIANT THREATS
WWF - 15/2
A major extinction threat to the endangered giant panda is the disappearance and fragmentation of its
rugged mountain forest home, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
A survey in China's Sichuan Province -- the giant panda's principal natural home -- shows the distribution area of pandas had
shrunk to 253 square kilometers from 367 square kilometers between 1987 and
1999. Only 28% of adult pandas in
captivity are breeding, another key issue in falling panda numbers.
ALASKA EMAILS FREEZE WHITE
U.S. Newswire 23/2
In only the first month of Defenders' electronic petition drive to save the
refuge, supporters sent more than 650,000 e-mails to President Bush and
Congress. Defenders president Rodger Schlickeisen says. "It's quickly mushrooming into the largest Internet
petition campaign ever."
ENVIRONMENT VS OIL IN
UPI 22/2 (UPI)
Environmentalists are already engaged in a legal
battle to save the Kirthar National Park from conversion into a gas field.
The military government has
already awarded a contract to three major international companies, the Royal Dutch, Shell and Premier Oil to explore oil in the
park. Oil experts have described the area as "the best potential gas field in
Pakistan." Kirthar Park was set aside in 1974 in an area of heavily eroded desert 50
miles (80 km) north of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. The park is home to the
Ibex and several other threatened species of mammals.
After all, you can not power a tank with an Ibex, can you?
NOCTURNAL TOURISM, NO THANKS
The Guardian 20/2
Four people killed when a bus taking holiday-makers on a nocturnal wildlife trip in Tasmania's
Cradle Mountain National Park plunged off a narrow
dirt track and rolled down an embankment. The party, including tourists from the UK US and New Zealand, was on a guided search for Tasmanian devils, Bennett's wallabies and wombats that make up
the region's unique nocturnal wildlife. Their bus pulled to one side of the road to let a national parks vehicle
pass. Tour operators claimed that some of the national park's narrow gravel roads were inadequate for the
140,000 holidaymakers who visit the region each year
and said more needed to be done to protect the safety of the growing number of wilderness
Thai wildlife protection officials, tipped off by neighbours, raided an illegal reptile slaughterhouse, seizing 300
dried snake meat and a number of live baby crocodiles, turtles and pythons, in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of
Bangkok. Four were arrested and face up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht (USD 950) fine for trading in protected species.
Dried snake meat fetches 200 baht (USD 4.80) per kilogram in Bangkok's markets.
The fine seems to be at market values then
BUT A RECORD NUMBER OF
Albuquerque Journal 8/2
40 is the unprecedented number of bald and golden eagles wintering at the Bosque
del Apache National Wildlife Refuge about 18 miles south of Socorro. A resurgence of
the endangered bald eagle populations on a national level is attributed to a ban on the pesticide DDT.
WHILE BIRDS FREEZE IN FAR EAST
This winter's unprecedented frosts in the Russian Far East have affected humans
and all species of birds listed in the international Red Data Book are. Local inspectors of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian
Federation in conjunction with workers of the World Wild Life Fund and the Primorye Ecological Fund have installed numerous feeding racks in the taiga
to help the birds survive the harsh winter.
CAREER WITH A SPACE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT DEGREE?
Wired News 1/2
"Someone has a fairly optimistic view of the market
potential." says Dr. W. Mendell, a planetary scientist at NASA, indicating the Rochester Institute of Technology's class in space tourism development may
be a BIT premature.
Rumours that the Roswell Institute of Technology is to follow suit
have been strongly denied.
Scientists in Florida discover
that ferns soak up arsenic from soil at an astounding rate. The plant may become
key in toxic cleanups.
FOREST INTO BUSH?
Bush administration has delayed until May 12 a plan by former President Bill
Clinton to ban road construction and timber harvesting on nearly 60 million
acres of forest land.
JAILED MEXICO ECOLOGIST RECEIVES
environmental group Sierra Club on Tuesday presented a prestigious award to
Rodolfo Montiel, a Mexican peasant activist jailed for
denouncing logging in his community. Ethel Kennedy, founder of the
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, presented the "Chico
Mendes" prize on behalf of the Sierra Club to Montiel's wife.
hunters seeking to kill nine wolves in the forests of southeast Norway have
received "anonymous death threats from opponents of the cull, a hunters spokesman
alleged. Dozens of environmentalists camped out in chill temperatures in a bid to scare any wolves away
from the guns. Norway ordered the wolves killed because they had "wandered
outside a zone". Wolves were hunted to the
point of extinction in southern Scandinavia until they became protected in the 1970s.
Now the population has grown to about 100 in Norway and neighboring Sweden.
Swedish officials objected to the hunt, saying at least 200 wolves were needed
to sustain the population. Hampered by heavy snow, members of a 23-strong team of hunters
took 8 whole days to kill the first wolf, a female pup...
BIODEGRADABLE CONTAINERS !
New biodegradable containers are developed made
from potato starch. Brlliant. This US company is called Earth Shell and rightly
MOUTH SLAUGHTER IN EUROPE
As the impact of the foot and mouth disease spread, the British government granted local authorities
the power to place footpaths and rights-of-way off limits to walkers. Dartmoor
National Park, a popular hiking destination in southwest England, was closed to
protect the 60,000 cattle and sheep that graze there. Britain and then Germany and
the Netherlands started slaughtering thousands of animals fearful that a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, and a fresh farming
crisis, may have been shipped across the Channel. The disease is highly infectious
as far as animals are concerned and it can spread by the wind, on vehicles and on
FOREST SERVICE UNDER
Knight Ridder/Tribune 28/2
U.S. Forest Service, criticised in recent years for bowing to the ski industry
in Colorado and Utah, is under attack in Wyoming over a deal that would give
a Colorado businessman title to 120 acres of the Targhee National Forest.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS SEEK TO SAVE CALIFORNIA NATIONAL MONUMENT
Several big environmental groups launched a drive to save California's Giant Sequoia National Monument,
saying a lawsuit seeking to
dismantle it would spell disaster for the world's oldest and largest trees.
Former President Bill Clinton established the National Monument in April, 2000.
WORKERS EAT RARE TURTLE !
Flesh from a
protected species of sea turtle that died at the Miami Seaquarium was turned
into stew and eaten by two workers - a veterinarian, and an animal care supervisor. No charges were filed because the
Seaquarium's permit to handle endangered species didn't specifically say how
dead animals were to be disposed of.
GOVERNMENT FAILS HAMSTERS
European Commission is taking legal action against the German government for
allegedly failing to protect endangered hamsters. The Commission alleges Germany infringed on European environmental laws by allowing intensive
agriculture and industrial construction in an area near the Dutch border that is
home to the threatened species. Popularly
known as the European hamster or black-bellied hamster, Cricetus cricetus is the
largest of the hamster species and can grow up to 12.6 inches long.
TREES GO TO
THE (RESERVOIR) DOGS
will start felling 1.3 million trees this month to make way for a huge reservoir
in Portugal, a project organizers bill as Europe's largest man-made lake and
environmentalists say will be a disaster. The reservoir would cover
nearly 62,000 acres and extend 50 miles in the poor farming region of Alentejo
in southeastern Portugal. As with the Ilissu Dam in Turkey, the
artificial lake also will cover several archaeological sites dating to the
Neolithic period, after some artifacts are moved. Experts will remove colonies
of rare bats to other locations, but the habitats of some protected species of
birds are expected to be destroyed.
ENQUIRY EXPANDS, SO DOES POLLUTION
in Florida have expanded their investigation of pollution by the cruise ship
industry to include the parent company that runs Norwegian Cruise Line. NCL
Holdings said it has voluntarily reported to federal authorities that an
internal investigation found "a pattern of violations of environmental law
on several of its ships. NCL operates eight ships with ports of call in Alaska, Asia,
the Caribbean, Hawaii and the South Pacific. The Cruise industry has
been under increasing scrutiny since 1999, when the U.S. Justice Department settled fraud and pollution allegations
against Royal Caribbean. The cruise line agreed to pay $27 million after the
Coast Guard discovered that cruise line employees had routinely dumped oil into
An Ohio State University researcher maintains that the ice atop Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro
is disappearing. A survey completed last year
found 82% of the ice field that existed on Kilimanjaro in 1912 has melted.
"The ice will be
gone by 2015 or so," predicted Thompson, who has studied the worldwide
decline of mountain glaciers.
...WHILE LAKE CHAD
In the 1960s, north central
Africa's Lake Chad was larger than the state of Vermont but is now smaller than
Rhode Island. Nasa-funded researchers using computer models and climate data cite a drier climate and high agricultural demands for water as reasons why what
was once one of Africa's largest freshwater lakes is shrinking.
SWITCH TO FIBER GLASS
centuries, Nyshi warriors in Arunachal Pradesh have hunted hornbills to adorn their headgear with the
beak of this tropical bird, a traditional symbol of manhood. Starting Monday,
they will be using fiberglass imitations of hornbill beaks instead. "We argued with the Nyshi chieftains
against this cruel practice and suggested their people wear artificial hornbill
beaks instead," Aniruddha Mookerjee, director of programs at the
independent Wildlife Trust of India, said.
controversial finding that a meteorite from Mars might contain evidence of life
has been boosted by the discovery of a magnetic crystal that researchers say
could have been made only by a microbe.
FOR REEF DAMAGE
An Australian court Tuesday ordered the
owners of a Malaysian container ship which ran aground on Australia's Great
Barrier Reef last year to pay a record $220,000 environmental damage fine. Paint from
the ship's hull containing TBT killed coral over a large area.
COURT ORDERS A REVIEW OF ALASKA CRUISE EXPANSION
The federal government violated the law by allowing
an increase of cruise ships in Glacier Bay National Park of up to 72 percent
without doing a full-scale environmental review, a federal appeals court rules.
WELL OR FAREWELL?
Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba on Friday was launched as a special economic zone
with a low-tariff regime in a bid to transform the city into a regional trade
and tourism hub, officials said. Two customs checkpoints were handling a steady
flow of traffic into the newly segregated 380-square kilometre zone, naturally
sealed by a ridge of high mountains and the coast of the Red Sea. Officials hope
that a zero-customs and a flat five percent tax regime would prove a magnet for
investors. Prominent international tourism and property developers have already lobbied for
lucrative gambling casino licences. Egypt's Orascom Hotels and Jordan's hotel
holding company Zara along with Saudi investors are planning mega-tourism
projects along the city's southern beach. Tourism is attracting the bulk of
investors as the city witnesses a rapid expansion in its 1,200 existing hotel
room capacity, still negligible compared its Israeli neighbour Eilat.
ENVIRONMENT = JOBS IN ALASKA
Conservation Foundation estimates that about 55,000 jobs, one in four
jobs, including those in
commercial and sport fishing, tourism, recreation and hunting, depend on an
unspoilt environment -- more than twice those in the petroleum, mining and
construction industries. Another 29,000 jobs were indirectly supported by a
U.S. TOURISTS TO CUBA SOARS!
A Cuban Delegate,
told a symposium on the tourism industry at the World Trade Organization (WTO),
that the number of U.S. visitors ignoring the veto and potential prosecution was
steadily growing. In 2000, despite threats of court cases and fines, 76,898
U.S. tourists, excluding Cuban-Americans, had visited the island, four times more than in 1995.
The total of visitors from all countries had soared from 746,000 in
1995 to nearly 1.8 million in 2000 -- or nearly one fifth of the resident
population of the island. One in 10 Cubans in the civilian economy now worked in the area of
PREDICTS SPACE TOURISM
Former astronaut Edwin ``Buzz'' Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, and
science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke met in Sri Lanka to discuss their vision
of the future of space travel. ``The immediate future of space travel depends on
the ability of private citizens to get into space as paying tourists,'' Aldrin
told a news conference after the meeting.
The immediate future? This is what space-walking does to your mind.
How many private citizens would pay a fortune in order to risk their lives?
TO NATURE ATTRACTIONS IN LONDON
Admission to leading nature attractions such as Kew Gardens and London Zoo will
be free to children. The new Passport to Nature is part of a plan to awaken
Londoners to biodiversity.
NEW SPECIES OF CAMEL FOUND ON CHINESE NUCLEAR TEST SITE
A new species of camel that has adapted
to survive on salt water has been discovered in a remote region of salty sand
dunes, the Kum Tagh sand dunes in China's Xinjiang
province, north of Tibet.
ENS 9/2, 2001 (ENS)
The United Kingdom creates its
largest Special Protection Area to cover more than 147,000 hectares of
internationally important bird habitats in the North Pennine Moors.
WIND POWER SPLITS NORWAY'S GREENS
Norway's environmental movement has been split by
state owned power utility's plans to develop three wind farms with a
total production of 800 megawatts along the scenic west coast.
SHELL ORDERED TO
DECONTAMINATE PESTICIDE PLANT
Shell Chemicals of Brazil was ordered
yesterday by the Sao Paulo State Environmental Protection Agency to clean up an
area 90 kilometers east of Sao Paulo where it manufactured toxic
pesticides during the 1970s and 1980s.
NUCLEAR FIRM INVESTS IN
The United Kingdom's nuclear power generator,
British Energy, is to begin developing large scale offshore wind power in a
joint venture with Renewable Energy Systems, one of the largest wind energy
companies in Europe.
Sign of the times or windowdressing?
KILLED IN NATIONAL PARK
In less than two months, five full grown
elephants have been killed by poachers in Jim Corbett National Park in the
northern province of Uttar Pradesh.
BRAZILIAN JOURNALISTS SENTENCED FOR
HARRASSING WHALE FOR FILM -
More than five years after two
Brazilian journalists and a fisherman chased and rammed a right whale and her
calf in pursuit of video footage, the men have been sentenced for violating a
UNEP CRITICIZES KENYA'S LOGGING
UNEP 28/2 2001
Kenya's plans to clear forests at the foot of Mount
Kenya in order to resettle landless people have been criticized by Klaus Toepfer,
executive director of the United Nations Environment Program.
environmentalist Rupert Cutler once noted, "Asphalt is the land's last
crop." The U.S. area devoted to roads
and parking lots covers an estimated 16 million hectares (61,000 square miles),
an expanse approaching the size of the 21 million hectares that U.S. farmers
planted in wheat last year.
From 1986 to 1993, unsuspecting (?) backpackers were used to smuggle arms from
Kenya and other African countries to anti-apartheid activists
in S.Africa by a Bargain-price safari Company London based
Africa Hinterland Safaris. On each seven-week journey of up to
4,500 km in their 120,000 swaying Bedford safari truck for which they paid as
little as 150 per person the holiday travellers were sitting on a ton of AK-47
assault rifles, grenades and sometimes TNT. The
company was a front for Umkhonto we Sizwe MK the military wing of the ANC.
Mannie Brown, the mastermind said: "the passengers had a good time and they
got a bloody good deal". Fortunately not exactly bloody.
RESERVES BOOST FISHING
America's National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis examined 100 no-take reserves around the world where
fishing is banned completely. These reserves showed average increases
within 2 years of protection of
91% in the number of fish, 31% in the size of fish and 23% in the number of fish
species present. The beneficial effect spilled over into areas where
fishing was still permitted. In comparison with fishing quotas, reserves are simpler to enforce. Any fishing
vessel that enters the
exclusion zones is cleatly breaking the law. Through GPS networks vessels positions can
be monitored automatically., as is already the case around the Great Barrier
Reef in Australia and the Georges Bank off the coast of Main.
"Ecotourism for me is is the only way to protect our
wildlife and all other aspects of heritage in southern africa. we have to make
the local people aware that there is an advantage to them to support wildlife
and our environment"
Lyn Welgemoed, S. Africa
If you could save EITHER
the life of your favourite pet OR
the life of an unknown human
which one would you choose?
Total Votes: 46
my favourite PET
the unknown HUMAN
Animals do have rights too,
campaigners say, although no country recognises them as rights in the legal
sense. This did not prevent most respondents from choosing to save the life
of their pet. Pets of course are quite a different story than animals or
indeed wild animals. How many people would have chosen to save a wolf, a
snake or a pig for example, animals which are "unpopular"? This
poll result may have more to do with human egoism than with love of nature.
After all even Hitler was very fond of his dog.
The March Poll at http://ecotourism.cc will
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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 17, 2001,
Trans-boundary management of natural resources, Location Lisbon,
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 2-4, 2001,
eTravelWorld, Location Las Vegas, USA
Apr 5-6, 2001,
International Sustainable Development Research Conference 2001, Location
May 2-5, 2001,
ENVIROFILM, Location Banska Bystrica, Zvolen and Banska Stiavnica, Slovak
May 22-26, 2001
TIES 2001 Ecotourism Workshop Ecotourism
Planning and Management, Location Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
May 28-30, 2001,
Indigenous Knowledge Conference, Location Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
May 28-31, 2001
TIES 2001 Ecotourism Workshop Ecolodge
Design and Development, Location Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Jun 3-14, 2001,
Emerging issues and Environmental leadership development, Location Yale
University, New Haven, CT, USA
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 15- Sep 15, 2001,
Dolphins and Whales Monitoring, Location Greece
Jun 19-20, 2001,
Mexico's forum for the development of adventure and ecotourism,
Location Mexico City, Mexico
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
Jul 5-8, 2001,
Water for People and Nature: a Forum on conservation and Human Rights,
Location Vancouver, BC, Canada
Aug 30-Sep1, 2001 ,
People and the Sea. Maritime research in the social sciences- an agenda for
the 21st century, Location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sep 3-6, 2001,
Fenner Conference on Nature Tourism and the environment, Location Canberra,
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
Oct 4-6, 2001,
European Association of Leisure and Tourism Education ATLAS, Parallel
International workshop on Marine Ecotourism, Location Dublin, IRELAND
Oct 29-30, 2001,
Sustainable Services and Systems: Transition towards Sustainability,
Location Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Nov 2-8, 2001,
7th World Wilderness Summit, Location Escape Cape, South Africa
Dec 5-8, 2001,
EcoDesign 2001, Location Tokyo, Japan
@Tthe attorney who led
the government's antitrust case against Microsoft, has been tabbed as the CEO of
Bertelsmann's unit in the United States
@Yahoo Launches Paid Placements replacing purely alphabetical
@New study finds that
computers constitute only 2 percent of U.S. electricity use, contradicting a previous study, which said the Internet alone was gobbling up 8
percent of the country's electric power.
@More than 100 million new
Internet users are expected to come online in Asia by 2004, representing 27
percent of all users worldwide.
@Bills introduced into the House
and Senate will, if passed, extend the moratorium on Internet taxes for five
The latest bills would prevent discriminatory taxing of e-commerce or any taxes
that treat e-businesses different from traditional businesses, prevent
imposition of multiple taxes on the same online transaction and apply a
permanent ban to Internet access taxes.
@SOUL sale pulled from eBay. Adam Burtle, 20, sold his soul on the Internet auction
site, fetching $400 before the listing was removed and the University of
Washington student and part-time automotive technician was suspended from the
@E-Shoppers Spent $28 Billion Last Year marking a 60 percent jump from the $17.3
billion spent in 1999, according to the Census Bureau. The study, conducted by
Jupiter Media Metrix, found airline tickets, personal computers and hotel rooms
drew the most dollars online in 2000. E-shoppers spent an estimated $7.8 billion
on airline tickets; $5.1 billion on PCs; and $2.1 billion on hotel bookings.
of as little as $25 round-trip to Europe will be granted for dozens of lucky
United Airlines customers after all, according to an AP report. United says it
will go ahead and honor the 143 tickets sold on its Web site during a 55-minute
period Jan. 31, when flights to international destinations were offered for next
@IBM Agrees to Adopt Microsoft E-Standard Computing giant IBM
has forsaken its own in-progress e-commerce standard and has agreed to adopt the
one being developed by Microsoft, settling a heated dispute that's been brewing
for more than a year. 27/2
@Asia to Get Bigger Net Population
Share While the U.S. and parts of Europe currently hold the largest slice on the
Internet population, Asia is expected to quickly catch up – taking up more
than 27 percent of the world’s total online population by 2004, according to
the latest eMarketer report.
@GEORGE ORWELL EVENT OF THE MONTH: by PP.
Source: Spiegel (nr 8 /19.2.01, p. 206),Safeweb, a new
software company, developed a program called Triangle boy which supposedly
allowed the anonymous visitation of websites that are for one or the
other reason forbidden, in various parts of the world. When the program was launched last October, various Free Speech and Human
Rights Organisations lauded the company and the program. It was recently disclosed that Safeweb's
"sponsor" was none other than a very well known
organisation based in Langley, Virginia. A spokesperson for the latter,
justified the program: "we want to be able to move in the Net without
people realising that we are watching them"
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CAMP DIRECTOR/ SUMMER CAMP LEADERS /Summer Camp, VT, USA
COORDINATOR/ The Student Conservation Association’s, New York City, USA
***ECOLOGY EDUCATOR/NATURALIST/ Ferry Beach Ecology School, Saco, ME, USA
***INSTRUCTOR / NATURALIST/ The Environmental Education Center at YMCA Camp
Thunderbird, Lake Wylie, SC, USA
***Outdoor Leaders/ The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, USA
***FIELD INSTRUCTOR/ The Yosemite Institute, Yosemite NP, USA
***SITE COORDINATOR/ The Yosemite Institute, Yosemite NP, USA
***OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS/ The Student Conservation Association
Charlestown, NH, USA
INSTRUCTORS/ Alternative Youth Adventures/ Utah, Montana, South Carolina and
***ATTORNEY / INVESTIGATOR /Riverkeeper, Inc, Garrison ,NY, USA
***Project Implementation Manager /Conservation International, Intl, USA
***Environmental Educators Position Announcements for: Tybee Island,
Jekyll Island, Rock Eagle, and Wahsega 4-H Centers/ THE UNIVERSITY OF
INTERNSHIP / WRANPS Wildlife Center, Pass Christian, MS, USA
***COASTAL WATERBIRD INTERNS (20) / Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Cummaquid, MA, USA >
***VOLUNTEER HELP WANTED/ Nature/Visitor Center Host at Creamers Field Migratory
Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks Alaska. USA
***INTERN / National Audubon Society, Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, Garrison, NY, USA
***WILDERNESS and CYCLING TRAVEL LEADERS / Interlocken, California,
Colorado, Alaska, NE, Canada
***SUSTAINABLE FARM and FOREST RESOURCE ASSISTANT INTERNSHIPS (4)/ Merck Forest
and Farmland Center, Rupert, VT, USA
***Ecology Officer/SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL, Cambridge, UK
***Associate Programme Officer /Regional Co-ordinating Unit Caribbean Environment
Programme , UNEP
***Office Manager /The Forest Stewardship Council-U.S., (FSC) ,Washington,
***Director of Publications // WWF, NW, Washington, USA
***IT Operations Manager // WWF, NW, Washington, USA
***Manager, Compensation and Benefits /WWF, NW, Washington, USA
***CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR / Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, Asheville, NC,
***Writer of Natural History / Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY, USA
***Teacher/Trainer / Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY, USA
***INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ Friends of the Earth (FoE)-US,
Washington, DC, USA
***STAFF ENR/GIS SPECIALIST/ ARD, Burlington, Vermont, USA
***CHIEF OF PARTY/ Chemonics International , Bolivia Sustainable Forest
Management Project (BOLFOR), Bolivia.
***Assistant Managers / Appropriate Technology, Ahmedabad, INDIA
***Programme Organiser/ Research and Monitoring Unit AKRSP, Navragapura / Ahmedabad, INDIA
***Emergency Programme Manager / Save the children, Gujarat, INDIA
***Emergency Logistics Officer / Save the children, Gujarat, INDIA
***Programme Manager / Appropriate Technology India / Ukhimath, Rudraprayag district, Garhwal Himalayas, INDIA
***Several Vacancies (Program Officers, Coordinators...) / ARAVALI, Jaipur, INDIA
***Various Vacancies / SAVE, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
***RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST FOR THE THEMATIC CLUSTER / UNDP, Bonn, GERMANY
***Program Coordinator, Information Program/ World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, USA
***Research Positions: Poverty and Income Distribution Programme/Institute of Policy Studies , Colombo, Sri Lanka
***FORESTRY OFFICER / (Global Forest Resources Assessment) FAO, Rome, Italy
***Africa Now, London, UK
***Andean Region Area Representative World Neighbors, Peru
***General Research Directors INIFAP, Mexico
***Deputy Director (P-5)/ Field Programmes in Asia and the Pacific, ILO, Bangkok
***Natural Resources Economist /FAO, Rome
***Senior Associate, Information Program World Resources Institute, Washington, DC
***ECONOMIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP for Friends of Earth, USA
***HDRO INTERNSHIPS for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / NYC, USA.
***KNOWLEDGE INTERN PROGAM for World Bank, USA
Re "Tourist trampled by
Elephant", ECOCLUB Issue 22.
we have been to game reserves
on many occasions and have seen how tourists pester and bother animals and
disregard the fact that these animals are wild and not in a zoo. all too often
tourists go so close to animals that they scare them especially when using flash
cameras. perhaps the videos shown on wild life shows give the wrong impression
and the 'normal tourist' thinks that it is so easy to approach these animals and
take movies/ pics from close up. they do not realise that most of the shots are
taken with high quality zoom lenses and from safe distance. please be warned -
when in a game reserve the animal is king and do not put yourself in a position
that you cannot handle. it is so sad that these animals then get the blame for
whateverhas happened and have to be shot because of a careless action of some or
other tourist. remember that although you might do something stupid and frighten
the animal - and get away without injury - the animal does not forget and when
confronted with a similar situation will then retaliate and take revenge on an
'innocent' tourist who just happens to repeat this mistake, we love our game but
also realise that they are dangerous animals and not to be interfered with or
harrassed but must be respected for what they are.
- Lyn Welgemoed
From F.O.E. COLOMBIA
" We write
to denounce the massacre of seven environmentalists during a trip to the
National Park of Purace and of two other people who accompanied them. They are:
Adriana Rodriguez, German Bejarano, Goldson Granados, Jaime Ramirez, Pablo
Montes, Rosalba Ramirez, Victor Serrano, Rosalba Carrera, Faiber Clavijo. Their
bodies were found by the highway. They appear to have been shot in the head.
This is not an isolated case. The list of murdered environmentalists grows, and
the murderers seem to behave with impunity. An environmentalist working in Santa
Marta's Sierra Nevada was killed one week ago. The press pointed out that the
murderers were the paramilitary groups. Nobody is held responsible for these
crimes, and fear prevents witnesses from denouncing the murderers."
During February I had
an interesting email exchange with Gabriella of Ecotourism Ring Members
Focus, from Cornwall, UK, www.focus-cornwall.co.uk
over the fact that Discount Flights are
being offered at the ECOCLUB.com site We have agreed to publish the
main points of the dialogue and invite your comments as a reader or Member.
We are also holding a Poll at www.ecotourism.cc
on the subject.
Please find the main points below:
"I had a look on your ecoclub website and I find it very disconcerting that you give information on discount flights.
Discount flights are certainly most damaging to the environment, for more and more
people jet around the world regularly for a week or two. Discount flights can only be offered because no tax has to be paid on aircraft fuel, unlike
any other fuel, and because airports are subsidised by the states. There shouldn't be subsidies, on the contrary, there should be a polluter's tax
added, since planes certainly are very bad polluters!! It makes the whole
ecotourism website not very credible, I'm afraid. Air traffic is predicted to grow very fast in the near future, creating incredible problems for the
environment. I think there is no space for air transport on an environmental
website, not without information on how harmful it is!"
My Reply's Main Points:
"I welcome your views, but I am afraid you confuse Cheap Mass
Tourism Air-Travel Packets with Cheap Flights for Independent Travellers. Unless you are a
cynic, which I am not, there is a clear distinction. In a fictional world we would be able to travel without polluting.
Unfortunately, ALL travel, even including taking the train to Cornwall, pollutes.
In an ideal world there would be no poor people in the third world for which genuine
ecotourism is a short-term real hope for a decent independent living. In an ideal world there would be no endangered species or forests being
replaced by plantations, mines and war zones, whose only hope for survival would be genuine
ecotourism, with all its shortcomings. I vote for an ideal world. But you can not create an ideal world just by
imposing taxes on aircraft fuel in the UK or even worldwide. That is ineffective and simply hypocritical, as the
money would probably go into building more airports, in the same way that car fuel tax goes to build new motorways.
Without cheap seats for INDEPENDENT Travellers, the average tourist would end up at the hotel
chain ghettoes and the Airtours Mass products of this world. And I think you do not want that.
Without cheap tickets only the Lords would be able to travel independently, as only they once did.
I am not at all sure about your economic analysis on subsidies, in any case economic liberalism is becoming a bit
dated. If you really are so much against aircraft caused pollution, I suggest
you start from military aircraft who fly at many times the speed of commercial aircraft, carry far fewer passengers, and
occasionally spew depleted uranium or agent orange. These are far more important problems in most parts of the
world. Or at least you should try to have Concorde (British/French?) and Private
Jets banned first. now this would surely upset the Lords and I am for that too !
"You are certainly right in
all the points your making, and I, in no way, think that things are all fine in
Britain or Cornwall. Unfortunately, there seems to be no
country/place (apart from Porto Alegre in Brazil maybe) that is beyond
criticism. You are right that imposing taxes without a policy of "the
polluter pays for environmental damage" is wrong, taxes would have to be
used to increase environmental sustainability and alleviate harm brought about
by pollution. Obviously the greater picture is much more complex, and industrial
and governmental actions such as debt relief and sound policies to support third
world countries, instead of exploiting them, are much needed. A few independent
travellers who support local communities around the world, will relieve the pain
to a very limited extent only. But I agree it is good for people to go on such
holidays to raise awareness and bring some revenue to the place they are
visiting. I did not mean to be antagonistic in my criticism, and I think
transport is a difficult question in eco-tourism, and in the end, all travellers
will have to take their own informed and responsible decisions. What upsets me,
however, is that people from northern Europe who would even be interested in
more sustainable holidays, jet to cheap holidays to get some sun, because they
are available. If there wasn't this cheap option, they might save a bit more
money and go on a more responsible holiday that would benefit the local
community, rather than some hotel chains owned by some multinational
cooperation. I'm aware of the fact that your are not promoting cheap holiday
packages, but flights, which is a difference. And I would like to apologise for
having confused this. The problem is that in this capitalist, neo-liberal system
we live in, of which I by no means approve, but have to work around it somehow,
it seems to be only monetary incentives that can lead to a change. This
obviously does lead to a divide between rich and poor, as you rightly observe.
However, I would like to know what other means there are to steer the world
towards a more responsible, sustainable future. It is all very depressing
really. As to banning war planes and the Concorde, I'll certainly back that
anytime, since in most countries the war budget swallows a great part of the
taxes, only to bring about disaster and catastrophe elsewhere. And action is
needed, you're absolutely right!!! "
Because ECOCLUB believes in debate and in finding the truth, we are holding
a Poll at www.ecotourism.cc during
March on this subject and we have renamed for now the Discount Flights
Centre as ECOCLUB Flights Centre.
personally feel that travelling "cheaply" by air is the only way
for an adequate number of Independent Travellers to be able to reach
ecotourism providers and remote ecolodges. We do not believe
Ecotourism is for the select few or the affluent minority. What makes a
genuine ecotourist are ideals rationally put into action through knowledge.
Not the ability to spend a fortune in travelling to a remote destination in
search of pampering and solitude or to show off. Nor staying in the comfort
of your home and cynically contemplating the demise of the world as we know
Mr Tamin Amijee of Tanga, on the north
coast of Tanzania, kindly send us the first two issues of "URITHI"
Mr Amijee is the Chairman of Urithi, which is the Tanga Heritage Centre and
intends to make this newsletter a medium for the exchange of information and
ideas as well as to raise awareness and financing for conserving the
heritage of Tanga. In this interesting newsletter we read that Tanga
receives about 1,000 tourists every year compared to 100,000 to Zanzibar,
just across the sea, and that it is viewed as having the potential to become
Tanzania's leading environmentally friendly tourism destination. Tanga has a
very interesting history as an ivory trading post under the rule of the
Sultan of Zanzibar, then a booming town under 25 years of German rule, the
site of fierce British -German battles during WW1 and then under British
Rule until 1961 the largest producer and exporter of sisal in the world
after WW2. Tanga is renowned in Tanzania for its powerful presence in the
literature scene and has a cosmopolitan population.
Urithi Newsletter: PO BOX 180, Tanga, TANZANIA, Fax: 0272646582.
The FEBRUARY ECO-QUIZ was:
Name a characteristic life cycle
difference between an Atlantic and Pacific variety of a well known species !
The best answer was as follows::.
"The very common salmon fish demonstrates characteristic differences between the
Pacific and Atlantic species. In the Pacific, the salmon deposits an unfertilized egg in the bottom of a native fresh water stream after
returning from the salt water. The male then fertilizes the egg and the parents die
together, nourishing the stream for the young. They are recycled by nature and never return to the open sea after spawning. The Atlantic salmon
returns to the fresh water to burry an already fertilized egg. They return to the salt water after spawning and repeat the procedure each season."
Winner: Jackie Coward, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership student, Calgary,
Alberta - Congratulations.
Give and Explain the common but peculiar name of a Mammal that eats a lot
but has no teeth.
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