White House spokesperson Ari
Fleischer on May 9 (Washington Post):
"President Bush would NOT urge Americans to
conserve. That's a big no. The president believes that it's an American way of
life, and that it should be the goal of policy-makers to protect the American
way of life. The American way of life is a BLESSED one." In this spirit we
are posting below what the new President's Conservation Diary must have looked
like in May, based on real events.
"May 10: Warm Today. Canceled a
2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype fuel efficient cars that would get up to 80
miles per gallon.
May 11: What a sunny day. Instituted a two-year moratorium on expanding all national
parks and monuments. Explained to House Speaker who is upset coz he wants the federal government to buy
former President Ronald Reagan's childhood home in Dixon, Ill..
May 12: Warmer still. Block Clinton's Road Ban in U.S. Forests. Open logging, road construction and other
activities on 58.5 million acres of federal forests.
May 22: Torrential Rain. Nominated MONSANTO Executive for the second-ranking job
at the Environmental Protection Agency.
May 24: Very warm. 59% Californians favour Nuclear Plants a Poll Says. We're on
May 25: Still no clouds. Oops, there goes a Senator. He was from Vermont, dad
saiz they use maple syrup, no oil there you see"
World Environment Day to all readers. Or at least try.
SCULPTURE WORKSHOP IN SOUTH
AFRICA, 24 JULY - 1 AUGUST:
AT BELLAVISTA FOREST LODGE -> http://ecoclub.com/bellavista
"Due to the increasing
number of enquiries, we have decided to hold a Sculpture workshop in July/August
this year, from Wednesday 24 July till Wednesday 1 August 2001. Participants
will arrive on Tuesday 23 July and leave on Thursday 2 August( 9 nights) A
further extension at extra cost. Special package on offer as follows: PACKAGE
COST US$ 450,00 (ECOCLUB Members will receive a 10% Discount) which includes: a. Full lodging that includes Dinner Bed &
Breakfast x 9 nights in a single room. b. Tuition fees . c. Guided tour to the
bushman rock art site in the Drakensberg. c. Visit to a Sangoma/healer. d.
Demonstration of bronze castings. e. Visit pottery studio and paper making
studio. f. Transport from port of arrival/departure. Excluded from the package:
a. All materials used for modelling and sculpting. b. Hiring of special tools c.
All drinks and lunches. d. Cost for casting your own bronze piece. PROGRAM:
Tuesday 24 July: Arrive and settling in the chalets: Dinner and Bed. Wednesday
25 July; Introductory lecture and demonstration of carving techniques;
Establishing ideas and preparatory sketches: Thursday 26 July: Starting
maquettes and modelling either in clay or wax: also modern techniques in
polystarine/plaster. For those whom have already a maquette made start carving
or modelling. Friday 27 July: Continuation of modeling or carving your own
piece. Saturday 28 July: Same as above till noon. Thereafter visit bronze
foundry, pottery studio and paper making studio. Sunday 29 July: Day tour to the
Drakensberg to see bushman rock art and visit Sangoma/healer and picnic. Monday
30 July: Continuation of own work . Tuesday 31 July: Finishing off own work.
Wednesday 1 Aug.: General discussion of own work and possibly finishing off work
cast at the foundry . End of the course party. Night out. Thursday 2 Aug.
Departure to other destinations or going back home. On request we can add small
safaries: party interested please advise in advance and ask for a quote. Minimum
number required 3 persons. Please note that for a small additional cost for full
board only, you can bring a partner with you.
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CELEBRATION IN TURKEY AUGUST, 15 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2001
AT TOHUM LIVING EARTH CENTER -> http://ecoclub.com/tohum
Weekly Programs. Join us in the grand opening
of our new center in magnificent surroundings! Tohum means 'seed" in
Turkish and we are building a seed of sustainable living, a mini eco-village
where traditional farming and food processing, environmentally conscious tourism
and the practice of the healing arts go hand in hand. Visit our nature sanctuary
situated in one of the most secluded corners of the Mediterranean and you will
be supporting our efforts in starting a peace center in this part of the world
in this crucial times! Celebrate Harvest in the land of Artemis, the Goddess of
Fertility, participate in the harvest of sesame and other crops, and the
preparation of traditional foods. Treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating
vacation in a pristine pure environment where you can swim and snorkel in
turquoise waters, be nourished with delicious foods made with organic
ingredients from Tohum's and local family's gardens, visit a mountain village
where Tohum is setting up a women's carpet cooperative and organic farming
projects for its natural foods business in the US. You will be contributing to
Tohum's efforts to promote and preserve traditional lifestyles and food
processing customs of selected Anatolian villages. Embark on nature hikes, scuba
diving, paragliding and trips to beaches where loggerhead turtles lay their eggs
and to other nature preserves in the area. Weekly Rate: US $ 425 per person / US
$ 750 per couple of 2 family members sharing Daily Rate: US $ 61 per person / US
$ 107 per couple of 2 family members sharing Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Not included: Ecotours
ECOCLUB.com Members will receive a 10% Discount on the above rates.
For Enquiries http://ecoclub.com/forms/ecp055.html
Members are encouraged
to send us ecotourism news and views.
GROWING AT ECOCLUB.com
Five new Ecotourism Experts have joined ECOCLUB.com during the past
month and now offer a free basic consultancy to other Members !
They are as follows, in chronological order of joining:
Mr. Luis Alfredo Brunicardi in Caracas, Venezuela
Ms. Sibylle Riedmiller in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Mr. Jens-Uwe Seidel in Buedingen, Germany
Mr. Justin Johnson in Broadbeach, Australia
Ms. Helen Mogan in Manila, Philippines
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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM OR ECOTOURISM. DOES REALITY SUBSTANTIATE THE MYTH?
By our Pakistan Correspondent, Agha Iqrar Haroon, President Ecotourism Society
"Integrated tourism, to be successful, must promote sustainable
development by establishing a durable productive base that allows local
inhabitants and service providers to enjoy rising standards of living".
This was said by Mr. David Berkin in one of his papers in 1996 when the concept
of Ecotourism was shaping up and word used for sustainable tourism development
was "Integrated" Tourism. Now I am sure that word "Ecotourism
has taken its place. Sustainability, environmental management and ecotourism.
Does reality substantiate the myth?". There is no doubt that people
consider "Ecotourism" as "sustainable Tourism". Ecotourism
for me is a tool which ensure ecological, environmental, economical and cultural
friendly tourism. I believe that Ecotourism is activity controlled by local
community of any respective area where tourism activities are being generated.
Can it be possible? Are local poor communities of mountain areas being involved
in decision making of tourism activities? Who is planning tourism activities for
mountain areas? Who is getting benefits out of tourism? Who is selling tours to
mountain areas? Who is buying tours to mountain areas? Can sustainability be
achieved without the active participation of local communities? These are
serious questions who come in my mind when I talk about Pakistan as Role Model.
Before we see how can integrated tourism be achieved? . And what types of
policies can be formulated for getting this target; I must say that we should go
into detail nature of tourism business in mountain areas. It may be mentioned
here that Mountain Areas all over the world have similar problems like
deforestation, land utilization, unplanned growth of tourism industry and
mushroom growth of accommodations. And most of all-----brain drain situation due
to lack of financial resources and limited job opportunities. Tourism is
marketed internationally but it is "consumed" at the point of
production-----destinations. Integrated tourism or whatever you call is possible
when: Consumer (tourists) respects for "integrated Tourism". Producer
(operators) understands threats being faced by area where she/he is planning and
Report continued at http://ecoclub.com/news/26ecr7.html
Auroville Township Project
By our India Correspondent C.S Mani, Director, Green
"Auroville, or ‘the city of dawn’, is a unique township located in a
predominantly rural district of Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. At the time of its
establishment in 1968, the area was barren and deforested. Three decades later,
the Auroville community has transformed a veritable desert into a lush green
place. The Auroville township project has a population of about 60,000 people
covering 13 villages. But in the designated Auroville area, there are only five
villages with a population between 8,000 and 10,000. The Auroville community
comprises only 1,500 people, 30 per cent of them are Indians. The Auroville
township project started regenerating the environment 30 years ago. At that
time, the entire landscape was barren. Now, there are around 300,000 trees.
Local people as well as the members of the Auroville community are involved in
the project. At present, the mission has employed some 5,000 local people in
various sectors. But not all of them are members of Auroville because in order
to be one, you have to subscribe to a few basic rules. For instance, there is no
private ownership of property. Obviously, people who have been living there
traditionally cannot be asked to give up their ownership of house and land.
Geographically they are within the Auroville area and are part of the
experiment, which aims to create unity not only among community members but also
between members and the local people. The only way to avoid migration and shanty
towns is to strictly adhere to the master plan of Auroville where the land use
pattern is specified. There are different zones – international, cultural,
residential and industrial zones. In the case of industries, the focus is on
small-scale units. Many local people are employed in these units and are also
trained. For instance, when villagers come to work with the handicraft units,
they learn the techniques. Then they go back to their villages and start their
own workshop. Now there are a large number of workshops, which manufacture
incense sticks, toys and other goods..
Report Continued at http://ecoclub.com/news/26ecr16.html
REHABILITATE HISTORICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
By our Suriname Correspondent, Jerry R. A-Kum
will soon rehabilitate its main historic botanical garden in capital city
Paramaribo. This so called "Palm Garden" was created in 1682, and
comprises of more than 1000 palm trees that are currently in a bad condition. A
private non governmental organization in the South American country has recently
committed itself to a comprehensive plan which includes the rehabilitation of the
Palm Garden. This project comes at a crucial time, since Paramaribo has been
presented to Unesco for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The capital
city is famous for its numerous wooden historic buildings that among other
things, represent Dutch, French and Spanish architectural influences. Unesco
will make a decision this year. The total costs for the rehabilitation of the
Palm Garden are US$ 1.3 million. The Central Suriname Nature Reserve, of the
biggest protected areas in the world, was the first Surinamese site to be added
to the World Heritage List."
A THAI FLOATING MARKET
By our Thailand Correspondent, Kobkul Srivongcharoen
"The Tha Kha floating market is
a traditional floating market held for more than 100 years. The reason of the
floating market in the past was local people came to exchange goods. There were
no roads, so all of them came by boats. The elderly said that "there were a
lot of boats in the past, more than 100 boats and many times that boats got
struck for an hour liked traffic jam." From time to time the boats are
fewer and many people have used roads instead of canals. However some of them
are still using boats for selling and buying goods, especially on the 2nd, 7th,
and 12th of both the waxing and waning moon of Thai lunar month. This is a
region's unique of this place. Local people will come only on these dates to
sell and buy goods. So this is a good chance for tourists to see a way of local
people 's lifestyle. Furthermore the village in where floating market is located
is a very beautiful place. Not only the beauty of natural scenery but also
villagers are nice and peaceful. This place is suitable for the person who loves
the natural and easy lifestyle. Because of you can stay with the villagers in
homestays to see their way of life. The way of how they produce coconut palm
sugar is also interesting. They have to climb a high coconut tree to collect its
sweet sap for making palm sugar. Tourists can enjoy staying with the villagers
by offering food for monks every morning, touring along the canal network around
the village, trying Thai spicy food, seeing firefly at night and shopping some
goods and foods at floating market. There are now many houses ready for
tourists. All of them are Thai style houses built more than 100 years and stood
side of canal. I am a one of tourists who used to stay and visit this place and
I would like the tourists who love a way conservative tourism and like in a way
of simple and easy life to come and visit. Tha Kha floating market is not far
from Bangkok, it takes only 1 hour to get there. Last but not least, if you can
come to this village I hope you can feel happy and love this place and also
villagers as I am."
NATURE LODGE FOR SALE
Tarcol Lodge, on the south bank of Rio Tarcoles
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Surrounding the Lodge are mangroves and the river. The Pacific Ocean lies 400
meters to the west. The Lodge is on two lots (about 1/2 acre) and has 7
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COSTA RICA DRILLS WORLD HERITAGE SITE
May 1 - The Ecologist
Despite opposition from local indigenous people and the local municipal
authorities, the Costa Rican government has finally granted concessions for oil and
gas development along its Caribbean Coast, in a region known as Talamanca; one
of the country's most cherished and protected areas. Harken Energy, President
Bush's one time employer, is now poised to drill for oil and gas
in this UNESCO World Heritage site.
RARE BLACK RHINO KILLED FOR "RECREATION"
June 1 - The Mail &
Guardian / WildNet Africa
A rare East African Black Ehino is about to be killed in a hunt near Johannesburg.
The rhino cow was brought to South Africa 12 years ago
as part of an endangered species breeding programme run by North West-based
wildlife dealer John Brooker. Named Baixinha, the rhino cow is apparently very
tame and often features in movies and commercials. However, a Norwegian hunter
is reportedly prepared to pay more than $60,000 to shoot the black rhino cow as
he believes she will make a unique trophy. According to Brooker, a hunting
permit has been granted on the basis that "South African black rhinos are a
different sub-species and hunting her will not have an impact on
BORNEO COMMUNITY DEFEATS GOVERNMENT AND PAPER PULP COs
May 15 - WRM Bulletin 46 / Borneo Resources Institute / San Franscisco Chronicle
The High Court
in Kuching, capital city Sarawak State, Malaysia found in favour of an
Iban community in a civil suit which they filed
against the Sarawak Government and two companies: Borneo Pulp & Paper Sdn.
Bhd. & Borneo Pulp Plantations Sdn. Bhd. The Iban claimed that
the land in dispute is their native customary rights land because it is within
the communal native customary land boundary of their village / longhouse and since
the time of their ancestors, they had used, occupied or collected forest produce
from or hunted within the said land or fished the rivers therein. The ruling sets a precedent for two similar suits
that have been filed in the Sibu High Court by more than twenty Iban communities
whose claims are based on the same grounds and against the same defendants. The
bad news: also in Sarawak, the $5 billion,
2,400-megawatt Bakun Dam project is slated to flood a rainforest area the size
of Singapore. Some 10,000
of Borneo's 200,000 indigenous peoples have already been forced off their
ancestral lands to make way for the dam. Sarawak originally contained 21 million
acres of rainforest, less than 1.2 million acres now remain.
RESERVES ONLY ON PAPER
June 3 - Alpha Channel / ENS
Leading journalist, Makis Triantafyllopoulos, shows film evidence on Live
TV, that state-owned land within the Axios Delta, a Ramsar Habitat close
to Thessaloniki, home to the critically endangered Silver Pelican (Pelecanus
Crispus) is being used as a dump for fertilizers, dangerous pesticides and is
also used for rice cultivation for human consumption. Heads expected to roll, at
last. On a separate development, ENS reports that half of the world's 17,000 major nature reserves, which are intended
to protect wildlife from extinction, are being heavily used for agriculture.
Extreme malnutrition and hunger are pervasive among people
living in at least 16 of the world's 25 key biodiversity hotspots, where
wildlife is most at risk.
LUFTHANSA BANS WILD ANIMAL CARGO
May 1 - ENS/Lycos
The German Airline announced it will no longer transport
wild animals for commercial purposes. Hopefully others will follow.
May 1 - National Parks & Conservation Association.-
To counter coral decay trend, the Florida Park Service has now
created one of the first coral nurseries in a natural environment at the
Biscayne N.P. Researchers
have been growing coral within laboratories for many years, but the Park Service
expects the bay will accommodate a large- scale operation that cannot be created
in an aquarium. The agency has set a goal of growing 2,000 colonies.
May 15 - Richmond Times
The city of Hampton, Virginia is collecting
and crushing commodes, sinks and bathtubs as material for an oyster reef in the
Back River. The porcelain drive removes broken plumbing fixtures from
the waste stream and transforms them into habitat for oysters, which boost water
quality by filtering out algae. An invasion of
disease-causing parasites, plus overharvest, whittled Virginia's oyster
population to about 1 percent of historic levels and idled the state's oyster
May 24 - BBC Monitoring / Radio Australia
Tough new laws have been passed in
Australia's Senate increasing penalties for environmental offences on the Great
Barrier Reef. Fines will reach 1.1m dollars
(570,000 US dollars), up from the current maximum of 110,000 dollars. Illegal
fishing and prawning could also incur fines of up to 1.1m dollars.
May 2 - AP
Dutch authorities plan to open two drive-thru shops
next year where so called drug-tourists can buy, well, drugs. In Venlo, a southern Dutch border town.
DINGOES MAUL TOURIST, RANGERS MAUL DINGOES
May 2 - AP
shooting wild dogs at a popular tourist spot on Australia's Fraser Island on
Wednesday, days after a 9-year-old boy was mauled to death by the animals. Local
officials in Queensland province ordered the killing of dogs..
State Premier Peter Beattie told state legislators Wednesday a select number of
wild dogs were to be killed, based on "whether they appeared to pose a
threat" (Very scientific).
Some 200 dingoes live on Fraser Island off the northeast coast
TAP WATER FOR ME PLEASE
3 May - WWF International
to a study commissioned by
WWF, bottled water, the fastest growing drinks industry in the world and worth
US $22 billion annually, may be no safer, or healthier than tap water in many
countries while selling for up to 1000 times the price. The study also finds that
every year 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water. Toxic chemicals
are released into the environment during the manufacture and disposal of the
bottles. Emissions of
the green house gas carbon dioxide, caused by transporting bottled water within
and between countries, contribute to the global problem of climate change.
RETURNS ANTIQUITIES TO EGYPT
May 3 - AP
A museum in Germany
will return an ancient, golden coffin stolen from Egypt 70 years ago, the
visiting prime minister of the German State of Bavaria said Thursday. Edmund
Stoiber said the coffin, which dates back to King Tutankhamon's era 3,300 years
ago, will be returned to the Egyptian Museum from where it "disappeared" in 1931.
WHO PAYS FOR THE TEQUILAS?
May 7 - ENN
consumption has increased 112 percent since 1985, making it the fastest-growing distilled spirit in
USA. Conservation issues surrounding its
production are surfacing. There are only five regions in Mexico where tequila is
produced. Reduced A skyrocketing demand coupled with a 1997 fungus plague, have
depleted blue agave plants commercial plantations. Tequila producers are
reportedly invading Mexico's wild
forested areas in search of the plant, where agave has been the
livelihood of indigenous local peoples, providing fibers and other beverages as
well as tequila.
IN A POSITIVE WAY
May 7 - AP
Officials in Copenhagen, Denmark, helped to inaugurate the
world's largest offshore windmill park. The park has a capacity of 40
megawatts of electricity -- four times more than the second-largest offshore
windmill park in Sweden -- and will supply about 3 percent of the city's energy,
powering the equivalent of 32,000 homes.
May 7 - CNN
The average American is spending 1 Day and a half a year in traffic, up from 11 hours in 1982, according to a study
by Texas A&M University. Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta residents spend
well over 2 days a year in traffic. 6.8 billion gallons of gasoline were wasted in traffic in
1999, enough to fill your car about a billion times.
MEXICAN COASTLINE GOES BAJA
May 5 - Washington Post
The Mexican Government plans to build "Nautical Steps", the country's biggest tourism development in 20 years in
Baja California. More than
2,500 miles (two thousand five hundred miles) of coastline will be
"developed", with the goal of attracting 1.6 million U.S. boat
owners a year into a collection of new hotels and restaurants. Victor Lichtinger,
Mexico's Environment Minister, says, "People say
growth destroys the environment ; I believe what really destroys it is
poverty" (not wealth or greed) Environmentalists say the development will threaten the Sea of Cortez,
an area that was
once (prophetically?) described by Jacques Cousteau as the "aquarium of the world."
(Jacques Cousteau also to blame)
A MESSAGE FOR OUR GOLFING READERS
May 9 - ENN
Audubon International calculate that USA's 16,743 golf
courses cover as much acreage as the states of Delaware and Rhode Island
combined. They estimate a golf course consumes as much water as a
small town and generates more pollution from fertilizers and pesticides than a
farm of similar size.
May 9 - Various
Celebrities and environmental groups in the
U.K. kicked off a boycott of oil giant ExxonMobil in protest of the company's
policy to oppose the Kyoto treaty on climate change and stall action on climate
change in the U.S. The boycott has already spread to France.
May 9 - ENS
Campaigners wage a pitched battle against
proliferating plastics in India's tourist state of Goa. They must now deal with tons of plastic that no one
May 9 - EU Commission.
The European Union could cut its greenhouse gas emissions in
line with Kyoto Protocol commitments at an annual cost of under 0.1 percent of
Gross Domestic Product, says a study released by the European Commission.
MOBILES AND GORILLAS
May 10 - WWF
Mobiles may or not be safe for your brain, however mining for Coltan in rebel-held eastern Congo is
definitely driving eastern lowland gorillas
closer to extinction and destroying outstanding national parks, the World Wide
Fund for Nature said yesterday. Thousands of miners seeking the highly prized
mineral colombo tantalite, known as coltan used in mobile phones and micro-chips, have invaded and severely damaged
the forests in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in
May - AP
Xi'an, home city to China's
famed terra-cotta warriors found in the 2,200 year old tomb of Qin,
China's first emperor, is under attack by ants that are gnawing their way
through ancient landmarks and shops, a state newspaper said Thursday. Xi'an, has been plagued by white ants for centuries, but the
problem has grown in recent years, Officials fear, due to a warming climate.
Only when global warming threatens living warriors, some people will realise the
error of their ways.
INDONESIA: TWO IN THREE CORAL REEFS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE
May 11 - Xinhua
Some 70 percent of the coral reefs in Indonesia are badly damaged and difficult
to rehabilitate, according to the report of a natural resources management team
of the State Environment Ministry. Damage of coral reefs
was caused mainly by deposits, erosion, exploitation, fishing with the use of
explosives or toxic chemicals, and contamination by industrial waste. Other
causes include the damage of mangrove forests in the country's
coastal areas due to illegal felling and conversion of the
land into fish ponds.
THREE DAYS OF THE REDFORD
May 12 - Msnbc.com
Robert Redford, declines invitation from U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton to
attend a press event with her later this month to release a California condor
into the wild. Redford told Norton he
would rather use his time to draw attention to "the devastating environmental
repercussions of the agenda you and President Bush embrace."
EIGHT NEW WETLANDS IN PAKISTAN
May 14 - ENS
The government of Pakistan has designated
eight new Wetlands of International Importance for protection under the
intergovernmental treaty known as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
NEPAL NEEDS RECYCLING
May - Clean Energy Nepal
Due to a lack of permanent garbage dump, more than 450 metric tones
of garbage discharged by the capital's over 1 million people are currently
dumped along the banks of sacred Bagmati River near Chovar, south of city.
Studies have shown that more than 60 percent of Kathmandu's garbage is
recyclable, which could be processed into organic manure or could be utilized to
May 19 - Glasgow Herald
Aquabounty Farms of Prince Edward Island, Canada is reported to have 15 million genetically engineered salmon
ready for sale - producing fish capable of growing two to four times faster than
ordinary salmon grown under the same conditions. The firm has just applied for
licences - the first to do so - from the US Food and Drugs Administration to
start farming their GM salmon commercially, and are hopeful of success.
Quality Salmon, the major industry body in Scotland, said it and the International Salmon
Farmers' Association had rejected GM salmon as an option. A spokeswoman said:
"We are very proud of our reputation on fish health and welfare and
environmental safeguards." Dr. Sutterlin of Aquabounty Farms said he had been
the scale and ferocity of European opposition. "I am finished with Europe
and the European media. Between you and Greenpeace you have damaged us very
AMAZON DEFORESTATION INCREASES
May - amazonia.org
The latest data about the deforestation of the Amazon forest in Brazil,
researched annually by Inpe (Federal Space Research Institute) is available now
at www.amazonia.org.br/ingles. The data recently announced covers the period
until 1999 and has projections for 2000. The aggregate projection of
deforestation for 1999/2000 is of a total area of 19,832 square kilometres, an
increase of 14.9% in relation to the previous year.
$333 SAVES A COASTAL RAINFOREST ACRE.
May 18 - Reuters
General Motors, the world's largest automaker, chose to give 30,000 times that
amount, to Nature Conservancy, to
protect 30,000 acres of coastal rainforest in southern Brazil. The company may get pollution credits sometime in the future
for preserving the forest and its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
The land will be owned and managed by a Brazilian group.
May 22 - ENS
Conflicting laws in Trinidad and Tobago have apparently created a loophole that
allows poachers to hunt giant turtles for their meat when they come up
on island beaches to lay their eggs.
NEW PERU PARK
May 24 - Reuters
Peru creates a new national park, Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul, in the last big
tract of pristine Andean Rainforest, 13,548 square kilometres, an area that loggers had hoped to
open up soon. Scientists from Peru and the U.S. said they had already
identified at least 28 previously undiscovered plants and animals in the park.
CABLE CAR TO MACHU PICCHU, FORTUNATELY
May 25 - WHNEWS (spotted by Member Elena Pappas)
The Cable car project for the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu has been suspended indefinitely by the
Peruvian Minister of Industry, Tourism, Integration and International Trade (MITINCI).
The cable car project has been under discussion
since 1996 when the Peruvian government, observing increasing visitor numbers, decided to give out
a concession for the study and eventual construction of a cable car as a
means of access to the ruins of the Inca city at the heart of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu
HARRIER KILLER CAUGHT ON FILM
May 26 - Daily Record / RSPB
A 33 year old gamekeeper was secretly filmed as
he blasted a rare hawk to death. Unaware that bird
protection officers had mounted a 24-hour surveillance operation over a female
hen harrier, the gamekeeper calmly shot the bird out of its
nest before removing all evidence of the crime - including the spent cartridge.
The sickening scenes were shown in a landmark case at Elgin Sheriff Court where
the perpetrator was fined pounds 2000. The hen harrier is one of Britain's rarest birds of prey, with only
570 pairs left. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) considers
this prosecution is a
vital milestone for the RSPB, as it "totally vindicates" their stance that the
killing of birds of prey is widespread among the gamekeeping fraternity.
4 BY 4 BY BY
May 31 - WildNet Africa / The Cape Times
vehicles are to be banned from South African beaches. Draft regulations,
published in the Government Gazette, state that nobody will be allowed to drive
any vehicle in the coastal zone without authorisation. "Coastal zone"
refers to beaches, dunes, estuaries and their wetlands.
TOURISM ECO-LABELLING MARGINAL
May 29 - European Environment Agency
The Environmental Signals 2001 report published by the
European Environment Agency (EEA) supports that Eco-labelling of tourist accommodation
has increased significantly since 1990 but remains very marginal. Environmental
signals 2001 also finds that "eco-efficiency" - the efficiency with
which environmental resources are used to produce a unit of economic activity -
has improved since 1990 in transport, energy supply and agriculture.
U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF WINS U.N. PRIZE ...
May 30 - AP
Mary Robinson, the U.N. High
Commissioner for Human Rights, was chosen to receive U.N.E.S.C.O's
prestigious Felix Houphouet-Boigny peace prize for work in Human Rights. This
years' Human Rights prize winner was selected by a jury headed by Henry
Kissinger. And that noise was George Orwell turning in his grave.
AND SOME OTHER WINNERS
May 29 - UNEP
"A husband and wife team from Malaysia who have rescued
over a quarter of a million turtle eggs, a Kenyan children's doctor who has
almost singlehandedly transformed an old quarry into a much loved nature
reserve, an American company specialising in eco-tourism and a Canadian teenager
who began battling against pesticide misuse at the age of 10 are among this
year's winners of the prestigious Global 500 Award. The awards are presented
every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on World
Environment Day (5 June), to individuals and organizations who have made
outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment. A total of 18
awards, in both the youth and adult categories, are being made this year at
celebrations in Torino, Italy.
POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENOL? NO, I HAVE
HUST EATEN, THANKS
May 31 - Solar Times
127 countries adopt a landmark UN treaty
that outlaws or restricts hazardous chemicals. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants,
or POPs, was adopted by consensus ahead of a signing ceremony Wednesday and was
hailed by environmental experts as an historic step towards making the planet
safer and cleaner. The notorious criminals in alpabetical order: aldrin, chlordane,
DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex, toxaphene, polychlorinated biphenols
(PCBs), hexachlorobenzen, dioxins and furans. Next time you see them on a label,
please tell someone.
Academics are complaining that Ecotourism has
not / can not be clearly defined. Have a go! Our favourite is: "The
opposite of mass tourism"
"Ecotourism for me is taking responsibility for your own
- Aoibheann Lindsay
"Ecotourism for me is a very best way to keep the nature
and conserve the beauty nature just the way it is. We can enjoy the beauty
without ruining it and always think of its carrying capacity so we can preserve
this beauty of nature to our next generation."
- Efida Mayasari, Jakarta, Indonesia
Send YOUR definition of ecotourism
Was Dennis [space-tourist] Tito's 20 million Dollars, "money well
Total Votes: 47
Of course, could you think of a better way
to spend USD 20,000,000?
At least Dennis Tito, and 53% of respondents could not...
OUR JUNE POLL:
Which of these factors worries you the most when embarking on an ecotourism
1. Cost, 2. Access, 3.
Safety, 4. Health
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A selection of worldwide eco-events in the next 3
Jun 3-14, Emerging issues & Env. leadership development: New Haven, CT, USA
Jun 3-7, Wind Power 2001: Washington DC, USA
June 4-8, Workshop on sustainable tourism/GERMANY
Jun 4-6, Eco-Entrepreneur Conference: OMAN
June 6-8, ECOSUD 2001, 3rd Int. Confer. on
Ecosystems & Sust.Dev.: Alicante, SPAIN
Jun 15- Sep 15, Dolphins and Whales Monitoring: Crete, GREECE
Jun 17-24, "Fact or Dream, Ten Years
after the Rio Summit": Havana, CUBA
Jun 19-20, Forum for the dev. of adventure & ecotourism: Mexico City,
Jun 21-22, 7th Annual Eco-Management and Auditing Conference:
June 21-23, Tourism: Identities, Environments, Conflicts and Histories/UK
Jun 28-30, Int. Conference on Sustainable
Tourism: Rimini, ITALY
Jul 2-4, 7th Int. Interdisciplinary Confer. on the
Environment: San Francisco, CA, USA
Jul 5-8, Water for People and Nature: Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Jul 25-28, The 5th Annual Multicultural Tourism /
Hotel Ownership Summit: FL, USA
June 26, International Hotel & Restaurant Expo/ARGENTINA
Jun 28-30, Int. Conference on Sustainable Tourism/ITALY
Jul 2-4, 7th Int. Interdisciplinary Confer. on the Environment/ USA
July 2-4, Trees and Timber Conference/UK
Jul 5-8, Water for People and Nature/CANADA
July 9, A Thematic Workshop on ‘IST for Environment and Tourism/ECUADOR
July 24-August 1, SCULPTURE WORKSHOP AT BELLAVISTA FOREST LODGE/SOUTH AFRICA
Jul 25-28, The 5th Annual Multicultural Tourism / Hotel Ownership Summit/USA
August 17-27, Field Ecotourism Course/CANADA
September 3-5, Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference/AUSTRALIA
September 3-6, Fenner Conference on Nature Tourism and the Environment/AUSTRALIA
September 5-8, Conservation of Biodiversity in the Andes and Amazon Basin, linking science, NGOs and Indigenous People/PERU
September 5-8,New directions in managing rural tourism and leisure: local impacts, global trends/UK
September 23-29, WYSTC 2001/MEXICO
September 24-27,XI CONGRESS OF THE PANAMERICAN CONFEDERATION OF HOSPITALITY, GASTRONOMY AND TOURISM SCHOOLS/NICARAGUA
September 24-27, Amazon Ecotour 2001/BRAZIL
September 25-28, PATA Americas Travel Mart, MEXICO
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@ eMarketer, projects that online
ad spending will grow seven percent over 2000, to reach $7.6 billion by
the end of 2001. Online ad spending will
jump to $23 billion by 2005.
@ Aimster takes a preemptive
strike by filing a motion that hopes to block a potential lawsuit from the
Then on 24 May, Record Labels sue Aimster too. Aimster hires Napster's
@ Oxford University announces creation of the Oxford Internet Institute. With a price tag of $22 million
it intends to carry out research and make policy
recommendations on Internet issues
@ ActivMedia Research finds that consumer sites receive far more visitors than
b-to-b sites. There is also evidence from this report that 12 percent of the
visitors to these sites make purchases.
@ Over 1/3 of web transactions now
being taken by the travel industry Eye for Travel reports.
@ The chief executive
of a dot-com start-up - is auctioning his mom over the Internet.
The highest bidder will get the benefit of her "When are you coming to visit?" and
"Have you met anyone nice?" on a weekly basis. It's surpluzz.com
if anyone is interested...
@ Microsoft announced it would sign the "safe
harbor" privacy agreement between the United States and the European
Union as its minimum standard for protecting personal data on millions of
customers, partners and suppliers.
@ Jupiter Media Metrix notes that among the top 50 retail Web sites ranked
according to number of unique visitors, Internet-only retailers were
outnumbered by traditional brick-and-mortar names in March of 2001. The
opposite ratio was found in March 2000.
@ The Register reports that a Euro politician spams fellow MEPs
@ Consumers won't be able to sue
companies that disregard requests to delete their names from spam lists,
according to a bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee, Wired News
@GEORGE ORWELL EVENT OF THE MONTH:
EUROCOPS WANT SEVEN YEAR RETENTION OF ALL PHONE,
NET TRAFFIC, PINS, PASSWORDS.
Source: The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/19003.html
Spotted by "the Big Brother"
"The official EU body that represents the member governments will recommend
the long-term retention of personal data at a meeting with the European
Commission later this month, according to documents leaked to London-based
civil liberties journal Statewatch. The Council of the European Union, which
represents the 15 member governments, will discuss implementing a policy
originally designed with the FBI six years ago. It calls for the retention
of "every phone call, every mobile phone call, every fax, every e-mail,
every website's contents, all internet usage, from anywhere, by everyone, to
be recorded, archived and be accessible for at least seven years,"
notes the journal. The proposal gives law enforcement agencies powers far
beyond authorised, approved interceptions. Existing provisions permit data
to be retained for the length of the billing period, up to 90 days. The
proposals are being rushed in front of the European Commission before the
European Parliament can agree on a common privacy position in June. The
Parliament is already working on personal privacy legislation, and bouncing
the other two European institutions now is the Eurocops' best chance of
putting their draconian provisions into place. Anonymity is bad for business
Last November, the Council's Working Party on Police Co-operation put its
case succinctly:- "It is impossible for investigation services to know
in advance which traffic data will prove useful in a criminal investigation.
The only effective national legislative measure would therefore be to
prohibit the erasure or anonymity of traffic data." "
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***ROCK CLIMBING DIRECTOR/NC, USA
***WHITE WATER CANOEING DIRECTOR/NC, USA
***ORGANIC FARMING / DENMARK
***ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNERS/ TX, USA
***SEAC TWO COORDINATORS/PA, USA
***PROGRAM OFFICER/MA, USA
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WHICH NATIONAL FLAG HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF COLOURS WORLDWIDE
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is so because some countries have state flags which are different than their national
flag. Usually these state flags feature seals (not the animal) which in the
case of some countries depict islands, carpet patterns, shields dragons and
other things to scare the enemy. Nevertheless, some countries have seals in
their national flags as well and one of them is the winner: Belize with over
12 colours. Their neighbours Mexico are a close second. Other multi-coloured
flags include Moldova, Portugal, Swaziland, Turkmenistan and South Africa.
No winners, sorry.
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