GLOBAL CIRCUS
June was marked by the violence in Gothenburg. I feel this anti-globalisation travelling circus clouds the argument, distracts from the real problems and marginalises the whole of the environmental movement. The "anti-globalisation" alliance is absurd. How can environmentalists ever ally themselves with nationalists and racists? Be real. Travelling to smash windows is a waste of effort and resources and therefore anti-environmental in itself. And if it just for amusement, why not try Take-Two Interactive Software Inc's, brand new "SEATTLE WTO RIOTS -the video game" instead: vent your anti-globalisation venom by punching out riot cops and smashing storefronts from the comfort of your own sofa!
MASS vs. MASS TOURISM
BBC reports on 23/6 that Pope John Paul, in a letter to mark the World Day of Tourism, writes that modern mass tourism created "a kind of sub-culture" that spawned "the intolerable scandal of sex tourism that exploits women and children". The Pope goes on to dismiss "tourist villages" as places where people seek superficial exoticism and lack "any real contact with the culture of the place". Mass Tourism transforms "culture, religious ceremonies and ethnic festivities into consumer goods". Fine, but "mass tourism" is an easy and fuzzy target. Why not attack mining, logging, and plantation interests, don't they affect the very same societies? Or is the Pope just concerned with the sexual ethics he associates with mass tourism rather than mass tourism's undisputed environmental and socioeconomic effects?
MINDANAO SEPARATISTS BEHEAD HUMANITY
Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in Mindanao, Philippines said they had beheaded Peruvian-American Guillermo Sobero, one of their three captives, as a "gift to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of Philippine independence from Spain"(?!). "We've released unconditionally one American, our amigo Guillermo, but we released him without a head," guerrilla "leader" Abu Sabaya told Radio Mindanao. Sobero, 40, was vacationing in the Philippines when he and other tourists were seized from an island resort across the Sulu Sea in late May. How this barbaric act could ever advance any cause defies imagination.
CRUISE LINES ADOPT STANDARDS
And on a happy note, the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) announces on 12/6 that its members have unanimously adopted mandatory environmental standards for all of their cruise ships. It took them some 40 years but better late than never. Satellites are also unanimously getting better these days.

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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 (ECOCLUB Members will receive a 10% Discount)  
For Enquiries http://ecoclub.com/forms/ecp053.html

HARVEST CELEBRATION IN TURKEY AUGUST, 15 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2001
AT TOHUM LIVING EARTH CENTER -> http://ecoclub.com/tohum
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.
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ECOTOURISM EXPERTISE GROWING AT ECOCLUB.com
Nine 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. Godfroy Mballa, in Douala, Cameroon
Dr. Rob Mortimer in Cairns, Australia
Mrs. Carolyn Carter in Wales, UK
Mr. Matt Wickey in San Diego, USA
Mr. Andy Skadberg in Texas, USA
Mr. Ted Biggs in Kenora, Canada
Capt. Donald Reid in Natal, Brazil
Mr. Raj Basu, in Siliguri, India
Mr. Paul Subrata in Siliguri, India

Search our Ecotourism Experts Directory at http://ecoclub.com/experts.html

Two new quality ecolodges are in the process of joining ECOCLUB.com
More details in the next issue. 

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The views that appear in this section do not necessarily represent those of ECOCLUB S.A. We reserve the right to edit for brevity and clarity. Send your ecotourism news report or article for the next issue to news@ecoclub.com

Colibri Ecotourism Award

by Ron Mader, Webhost  http://www.planeta.com

To celebrate World Environment Day (June 5, 2001), Planeta.com proudly presented its first-ever award for excellence in ecotourism -- the Colibri Ecotourism Award -- to two Mexican nationals who stand at the vanguard of responsible tourism. The recipients of the first annual award are Juan Carlos Ibarra and Antonio Suarez. The friends have worked for the past decade in promoting responsible tourism in rural Mexico. Ibarra and Suarez first developed bicycle tours and more recently have conducted community tourism workshops under the umbrella of Consultoria Balam. This work, performed at the grassroots level, aims to protect the environment and empower local communities.The Colibri Ecotourism Award is accompanied by a $1,000 cash award from Columbus Copper Canyon Travel. Approving of the award winners were Mexico Ecotourism Network (Red Mexicana de Ecoturismo) founding members Marlene Ehrenberg and Jorge Chavez de la Peña.

Village Tourism in Nepal 
by Bijaya Pradhan, Chairman - Discover Nepal http://www.discovernepal.com.np

While the concept of Village Tourism in Nepal has been mooted for some time by tourism academics it has only been in commercial operation for around two years. The project at Sirubari, a partnership between local villagers and a marketing and promotion agency in Kathmandu, was first started in early 1997. Since no other such ventures had been started there was a lengthy initial period when the concept was optimised and agreements and operating procedures developed. What has evolved has proved to be a success with the twin aims of being both commercially viable and sustainable. The village people have readily taken to becoming tourism entrepreneurs, many improvements have been made to the village infrastructure which would otherwise have been impossible and the visiting tourists have been overwhelmingly positive about the experience they have been given. From an organisational point of view it was decided at an early stage that the villagers would form a properly constituted Tourism Management Committee and that this committee would oversee all activities in and around the village. The committee entered into a formal agreement with the managing agents with operating procedures and rates spelled out clearly. There has been no need to alter these conditions so far. This agreement will form the basis for any further agreements with villages that may choose to adopt village tourism in the future. The concept is basically one of "home stay" where guests live with individual families in groups of between two and five per household. They are accommodated in specially reserved guest rooms that are clean, comfortable and secure. All meals, with the exception of afternoon snacks, are eaten with the family. Food is local in style but varied enough to keep the guests happy.

Mountain Heritage National Conference in Pakistan 
By Agha Iqrar Haroon, President Ecotourism Society Pakistan http://www.ecotourism.org.pk

National Conference on Mountain Heritage concluded here at Hunza, Gilgit on June 26 with an agenda to work for better mountain environments, organizing another conference in November 2001 in Pakistan. The conference was attended by a high powered delegation of World Tourism Organization (WTO) headed by Ms. Deborah of WTO and was attended by 160 Monks from South Korea, delegations from China, Canada, UK, private sector and researchers. As many as 250 delegates attended this mega event. The Governor N.W.F.P. Lt. Gen. (rtd) Iftikhar Hussain, Federal Minister for Tourism Mr. S.K.Tressler, Secretary Tourism Mr. Samin Jan Babar attended the conference along with Managing Director of PTDC Mr. Masood Ali Khan. Almost 200 delegates expressed their interest in promoting sustainable tourism in Pakistan and participated actively. The conference was followed by Food Festival of local dishes of North and cultural programs which continued the whole night with dances and local music. In a separate development, Pakistan Tourism Marketing Network (PTMN) has been launched for the promotion of tourism in Pakistan. This decision has been taken by the Ecotourism Society Pakistan (ESP) and ANARCORP to project and promote tourism products of Pakistan at national as well as International level and to provide chance to small stakeholders to sell their products without huge cost of marketing.

New Tunisian course in Ecotourism
by Aloui Ali, Maitre assistant en sylviculture et aménagement des forêts Directeur du département : utilisation et intensification des ressources agroforestières .

Conscient de l'importance du tourisme et du développement de l'écotourisme dans le monde l'institut sylvo-pastoral de Tabarka en Tunisie ouvre une filière de technicien supérieur dans le domaine de l'écotourisme. Les élèves passeront 3 ans après le bac :
-La première année sera un tronc commun qui regroupera toutes les disciplines de la biologie végétale et animale et les sciences de la terre nécessaires aux forestiers et aux spécialistes de l'écotourisme . 
-La 2ème année regroupera un ensemble de disciplines orientés vers la connaissance du tourisme , des activités récréatives , d'histoires , de langues et autres disciplines nécessaires dans l'activité touristique basée sur le tourisme vert et culturel .
-La 3ème année sera consacrée aux stages dans diverses activités ayant traits au tourisme écologique et un mémoire de fin d'étude spécifique.

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Popular campment on the shore of Lac Rose, Senegal (West Africa). 800m from the sea in beautiful surroundings. Consists of lease hold 2 hectare site with:- *Bar / restaurant ( seating for 60 +) * Swimming-pool and terrace *Ten huts sleeping up to a total of 23 people All built from traditional materials!!! On going projects with local village.

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Africa

THE PRIVATISING GAME
Economist, East African, ENS.
About a third of the world-famous Masai Mara game reserve, which belonged to the Masai, called the Mara triangle, on the 12th of June was given, possibly after pressure from high up, to a private management firm called the Mara Conservancy, a non-profit organization which will keep half of the revenue for management anti-poaching efforts, and will hand the rest to the local council. Before this development the local council was entitled to almost all of the revenue, however critics say management had broken down, staff was unpaid, and poaching was rife. Uganda will also soon begin issuing licences for private ownership of game Ranches. Among these are plans to "degazette" some of the existing conservation areas, permit the sale of non-endangered wild animals and to share park revenue with neighbouring communities. Permits will be issued to firms and individuals wishing to trade in or export wild animals which are not on the endangered list. So that they may be added soon? One may ask.

SURVIVING SURVIVOR
Environmentalists have threatened court action to stop the filming of the American TV show "Survivor Series III" alleging damages to the fragile ecosystem of Shaba National Reserve

BLUE TOO
S.African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism announces that South Africa has become the first country outside Europe to be awarded official Blue Flag status for its qualifying beaches.

MALAWI vs. CROCODILES
Malawi plans to issue licences for hunters to kill 200 endangered Nile
crocodiles in the country's lakes and rivers.

DISPUTE OVER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development alliance (DANCED) "warns" South African National Parks (SANParks) should not try to take full responsibility for socio-economic development of communities neighbouring national parks. SANParks director replies that "the days of involving neighbouring communities by growing vegetables are over".

PHARMACEUTICALS LOOSE, S.AFRICA WINS?
Following a landmark victory over 39 pharmaceuticals, the S. African Health Ministry published 70 pages of draft legislation that would allow it to shop around for the cheapest drugs, particularly those that can treat infections associated with HIV-AIDS. This is a far cry from recent months when the S.African President, for some as yet unexplained reason, kept publicly disputing the link between HIV and AIDS.

ELECTRIC ELEPHANTS
Zimbabwe erects a new solar-powered electric fence to prevent elephants from
destroying crops and endanger the lives of several of Zimbabwe's
rural communities.

GUERILLAS vs. GORILLAS AGAIN
Rwandan soldiers spread out across Virunga National Park to protect endangered mountain gorillas after militia allegedly grilled two male gorillas and ate their meat. Only 355 gorillas remain in the wild. 
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Asia

"ECOTOURISM PARK" IN VIETNAM
The Bach Ma Ecotourism Park is now open as part of the Lang Co-Bach Ma-Canh Duong Tourism Scheme. The new 22-hectare park is located on the top of Bach Ma Mountain at 1,450m above sea level. It is the home of more than 1,200 flora and 723 fauna species. A new 19-kilometre road links the park to National Highway No. 1... 
Web site: http://www.vn-tourism.com

AGREEMENT ON ALBATROSSES
An Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) is signed at Australia's Parliament House by representatives of all southern hemisphere nations surrounding the Southern Ocean (the home range of the birds) and by nations with interests in the region.

"MANAGED ECOTOURISM" IN JAPAN
The Tokyo metropolitan government announced it would restrict tourism to the Ogasawara Islands and introduce "managed ecotourism". Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara visited the Galapagos Islands last month and declared he planned to model the proposed ecotourism tours on those operating in the Pacific Ocean island chain. Let us hope some Galapagos mistakes are not repeated.

RUNNING OUT OF SHAHTOOSH SHAWLS
The International Fund for Animal Welfare says that a rare species of Tibetan antelope whose fur is used to make expensive "shahtoosh" shawls will disappear within five years as it is still hunted in China and its fur openly sold in India and Britain.

RUNNING OUT OF CAVIAR
Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan agree to stop fishing sturgeon for the rest of this year to protect shrinking stocks of the fish, a result of poaching and over-fishing, at a meeting in Paris of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES. Meanwhile "environmentally friendly" caviar farms are springing up in Lombardy, Italy to cover the caviar vacuum…

RUNNING OUT OF CORAL
Australian Environment Minister Robert Hill announced yesterday that Australia would phase out commercial coral harvesting on the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest living reef formation. Unbelievably, licensed commercial scuba divers are still allowed to chip away at the coral to harvest up to a couple hundred tons of coral a year.

RUNNING OUT OF TIGER PRODUCTS
The Japan Wildlife Conservation Society urges the Japanese Government to stamp out "Tiger products". Japan remains a haven for illicit sales of products containing tiger penises and other body parts, despite a new law intended
to help protect the endangered animal from poachers.

RUNNING OUT OF WATER
Xie Zhenhua, Director of China's State Environmental Protection Administration warned that degradation of China's air, water and soil is progressing faster than efforts to stop the ruin. Deserts are spreading, only 57% of river water met basic standards for purity and ground water is heavily polluted.

BUT PLENTY OF NEPALESE TIGERS IT SEEMS
A tiger from the Royal Chitwan National Park, about 80 kilometres south of the capital, killed four people in nearby villages within five days. Nepal's tiger population up 50 animals in five years. Bucking a global trend, the tiger population in Nepal has grown by 50 to at least 300 animals in the past five years despite threats from poachers, a news report said Sunday.

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Caribbean

ST. LUCIA MINISTER DEFENDS WHALE-HUNTING
7/6/1 - BBC Monitoring Americas
St Lucia's Agriculture Minister, Claris Charles responded to suggestions from journalists that his government could vote with Japan at the upcoming International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference so they will benefit from Japanese financial assistance. Elias took a swipe at the international environmental agency, Greenpeace, accusing it of making significant financial contributions to certain environmental organizations and individuals in the Caribbean for their work in anti-whaling activities (really?). He suggested that this money "did not filter down to fishermen" while the same thing could not be said about Japanese aid.

JUST TWO MORE YEARS BOMBING, PUERTO RICO.
U.S. President Bush announced 14/6 that the Navy will end its bombing exercises on Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico by May 2003. "These are our friends and neighbors and they don't want us there," Bush said in Gothenburg, Sweden meaning Puerto Rico of course.

CARIBBEAN BLUE
The Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA), Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and the Quality Tourism for the Caribbean (QTC) establishe a regional consortium responsible for the implementation of the Caribbean Blue Flag (CBF) Campaign.

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Europe

GERMAN FOR NUCLEAR IS WIND
The German government unveils plans for massive development of offshore wind power to help the country reconcile its climate protection goals with its nuclear phase-out policy. Chancellor Schroeder and leading energy companies formally sign an agreement to shut down Germany's 19 nuclear power plants!

BRITAIN NOW FOR "PRACTICAL" WHALE-HUNTING!
The Independent reports that the British Government, which led the move to introduce an international ban on killing whales, is to allow "managed" slaughter of populations of minke and humpback whales. Its 180 Degrees policy shift, to be announced at the International Whaling Commission conference in London next month, could lead to hundreds of whales being killed for the Norwegian and Japanese markets. Greenpeace warns that allowing managed whaling to proceed would be the first step to scrapping the international ban.

THE IMAGINE INTERNATIONAL
Liverpool honours John Lennon, by renaming its airport after him. Reuters notes it is the first time a British airport is named after an individual. Liverpool's place in musical history as the birthplace of the Beatles already brings the region around 20 million pounds a year in tourist revenue.

BRIDGING MOSTAR
Stari Most ("Old Bridge"), the historic bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina's ethnically divided city of Mostar was destroyed by artillery fire in 1993. The restoration of Stari Most is viewed as a key step in the process of Mostar's reunification following the 1992-5 Bosnian war. UNESCO, the World Bank, the World Monument Fund and the Aga Khan Trust are all involved in the bridge's $15.5 million reconstruction.

CLEAN AIR OR HOT AIR
Passengers flying out of London's Luton Airport in London are now asked to
pay a voluntary fee to offset the environmental impact of their flights. The airport said money from the passengers would be used to plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide emissions.
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Latin America

ARGENTINA'S FIRST MARINE COASTAL PARK CREATED IN PATAGONIA
In celebration of World Environment Day the Argentine affiliate of the World Wildlife Foundation, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA), acquires a 60,000 hectare farm "Monte León," which takes in 18.6 miles (30 km) of the coast of Patagonia.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF SHARK FINNING?
ENS reports that A judge in Guayaquil, Ecuador rejected the claim by the owners of an illegal shark finning vessel that their "constitutional" rights were violated by the seizure of their vessel and destruction of their catch. Imagine a constitution article: "Citizens shall have the right to cut the finn of sharks and to dump them back to the sea to see them bleed to death".

ECUADORS ECOLOGICAL (OIL) RESERVES
The Ecuadorian government approves the construction of a billion-dollar oil pipeline project straight through the Mindo ecological reserve, a cloudforest 16 miles northwest of Quito that provides important habitat for more than 400 orchid species and 300 bird species. President Gustavo Noboa celebrates the decision as a "great step for the economy". A great step, backwards.

MEXICO SCORES
Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the world's fifth largest oil and gas company, becomes the first Latin American company to publicly announce it is taking steps to reduce greenhouse gases. Pemex joins eight other multinational corporations in the Partnership for Climate Action, organized by the U.S. group Environmental Defense.
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North America

FORD'S TIRES TRIES
Ford, under the leadership of its new environmentalist(?) President (Ford), pledges to search for the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of 13 million Firestone tires from SUVs and pickup trucks. Frequent tire recycling options are: highway surfaces, playground equipment, fuel for power plants and cement kilns.

PRINCIPLES AND PRINCIPALS
Associated Press reports that the Mohegan Tribe is pledging $10 million toward construction of the National Museum of the American Indian, as a branch of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is scheduled to open in 2004. The tribe operates the successful Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

GRIZZLIES RETURN IN CANADA
British Columbia this fall will begin its most ambitious wildlife
reintroduction effort ever, a long-term plan to increase grizzly bear
populations in the core of its North Cascades mountain range. The
Environment Ministry hopes to increase the population in the 3,800
square-mile area from fewer than 25 individuals to 150 bears by 2050.

BUT NOT IN THE U.S.
ENS reports that the opponents of grizzly bear reintroduction into Idaho and Montana have won. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to withdraw a federal plan to reintroduce grizzly bears into region.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOOT DOWN BUSH ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA !
House Republicans shot down a proposal restricting the ability of environmental groups to get plants and animals added to the endangered species list.

ORGANIC FARMLAND ORGANIC FARMLAND
U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that organic farmland more than doubled in the United States in the last decade.

ALASKA'S FIRST IN CRUISE POLLUTION REGULATION
Gov. Knowles signs on 29/6 a bill that makes Alaska the first state to regulate water pollution from cruise ships. The bill affects ships capable of carrying 50 or more passengers and targets treated sewage and "graywater" (non-sewage). It establishes standards for allowable discharges in state waters and it sets up a $1 per passenger fee to fund enforcement. More than 680,000 cruise passengers are estimated to come through Alaska's Inside Passage this summer.

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Academics are complaining that Ecotourism has not /  can not be clearly defined. Have a go! 

"Ecotourism for me is sharing and enjoying with others the beauty of your country, but without destroying that environment you are selling as an ideal place to visit."
Ana B. Reid, Canary Islands (ECOCLUB.com Expert)
 - Indeed, but why limit it to your own country. One can certainly enjoy and promote other countries, no?

" Ecotourism is an effective weapon in a conservationist's arsenal, to be used to further the cause of sustainable utilisation of natural areas when threatened by the almighty dollar. When viewed in this light wealthier countries should be far more conservative in allowing ecotourism ventures as they can afford to run their parks and natural areas from a state fund." 
Mark Taylor,  Kaiteriteri, New Zealand
- True, however state fund management does not guarantee sustainable utilisation of funds.The almighty dollar has the potential to corrupt state employees as well. IN fact this is a very good question to which I have no answer. So, it gives birth to our July Poll, see below.

Send YOUR definition of ecotourism to news@ecoclub.com

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Which of these factors worries you the most when embarking on an ecotourism journey?

COST

65%

ACCESS

14%

SAFETY

14%

HEALTH

7%

The answer was clear, COST. The very strength of mass tourism is ecotourism's weakness. Or maybe it is the other way round. Where Cost probably means accessibility and expensive air-fares. But also a fear that some not so "eco" - lodges and operators may charge what they think they can get away with, assuming that ecotourists have greater disposable incomes.

OUR JULY POLL:
Do you believe Protected Areas are better managed by 
A. the State 
B. NGOs  C. Local Council  D. Private Companies

Click here to Vote

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

A selection of worldwide events in the next 3 months:

July 5-8, Water for People and Nature/ CANADA
July 9, A Thematic Workshop on IST for Environment and Tourism/ ECUADOR
July 12-14, Gender and Culture: leisure, consumption and women's everyday lives/ UK
July 17-21, The 11th Neo Humanist Ecology Festival/ POLAND
July 24- August 1, SCULPTURE WORKSHOP AT BELLAVISTA FOREST LODGE/ SOUTH AFRICA
July 25-28, The 5th Annual Multicultural Tourism / Hotel Ownership Summit/ USA
August 17-27, Field Ecotourism Course/ CANADA
August 21-14, Sial Mercosur, The 3rd International Food & Beverage Exhibition of the Mercosur/ARGENTINA
August 30- September 4, World Mountain Symposium/ SWITZERLAND
September 3-5, Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference/ AUSTRALIA
September 3-6, Fenner Conference on Nature Tourism and the Environment/ AUSTRALIA
September 3-5, South Pacific Tourism Conference/ VANUATU
September 5-9, The 5th Annual Multicultural Tourism/Hotel Ownership Summit & Trade Show/ USA
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 7-8, Turismo 2001/ MEXICO
September 14-17, International Ecotourism Congress in Japan/ JAPAN
September 24-27, Amazon Ecotour 2001/ BRAZIL
September 25-28, PATA Americas Travel Mart/ MEXICO
September 27-October 1, 3rd Iran Intl Tourism Exhibition/ IRAN
October 1-3, TravelMart LatinAmerica/ CHILE
October 3-6, NPRA Congress for Recreation and Parks/ USA
October 3-6, SPRE Leisure Research Symposium/ USA
October 3-5, eTravel World Conference/ USA
October 4-6, European Association of Leisure and Tourism Education ATLAS 10th Anniversary International Conference/ Parallel International workshop on Marine Ecotourism/ IRELAND
October 14-16, Celebrating the Earth in the New Millennium for Nature, People and Culture/ GHANA
October 23-26, Ecotourism Association of Australia National Conference/ AUSTRALIA
October 25-26, BTC Cultural Conference/ DENMARK
October 29-31, Sustainable Services and Systems: Transition towards Sustainability/ THE NETHERLANDS
October 31- November 2, Tourism in the 21st century: striking a new balance, exploring new horizons/ AUSTRALIA

Details of these and other events at ECOCLUB.com EVENTS:  http://ecoclub.com/events

To add an eco-event, please email news@ecoclub.com

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sC!EnCe

! Australian inventor designs and builds the first solar-powered
ferry, the Solar Sailor, driven by both solar and wind power. Takes top prize in this year's Australian Design Awards.

! Sanyo Electric Co. unveils the world's first washing machine that cleans clothes without needing detergent. It uses ultrasonic waves and electrolysis instead of liquids or powders.

! A New York Aquarium researcher finds that coral bleaching, a feared result of global warming, may actually help reefs adapt to changing conditions. The loss of a reef's algae coat may give a more beneficial type of algae the chance to take hold.

! Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Researchers find that the intersection of forest hunting and current tropical logging practices may play a central role in the emergence of new diseases. The transportation infrastructure provided by logging companies operating in tropical ecosystems, enables isolated outbreaks resulting from the hunting and butchering of wild animals to spread globally.

! U.S. Astronomers detect the most distant objects ever observed. The faraway quasars could be as much as 80 billion light-years away.

! The U.S., Brazil, and Argentina account for about 90 percent of the world's
corn and soybean exports, and the U.S. and Argentina now already export mostly
genetically engineered varieties.

! Dr. Robert Berner of Yale University finds that the evolution of trees 380 million years ago changed the world forever as they removed excessive carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by soaking nutrients from rocks and by photosynthesis.

! Indian and US Designers have literally changed the life of 1400 rickshaw pullers in India by developed an eco-friendly cycle rickshaw, which weighs only 55 kg. The new rickshaw is a good 40 kg less than the conventional one.

! The International Biodegradable Products Institute this week granted its first "Compostable Logo" for Plastic Bags to Biocorp, Inc.'s Biodegradable Plastic Bags, used in the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

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@Famous anti-spam site ORBS vanishes from the face of the web, leaving just the line: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the ORBS website is no longer available".

@Nevada Approves Internet Gambling. No surprises there.

@European Commission officials are considering abandoning a long-held position on whose laws apply in cross-border disputes.

@Unlike most Internet firms, Expedia and Travelocity post better than expected results.

@Orbitz.com is launched a travel site from American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United Airlines, in an attempt to fight off Expedia and Travelocity.

@According to Compete Inc., less than one percent of the visitors to travel portal Orbitz.com made bookings, while competing site Travelocity, long a leader in the market, converts 4.3 percent of visitors, and Expedia converts 1.9 percent.

@Study by N.J.- based NFO Plog and NFO WorldGroup, finds that 93% of respondents consulted the Web for leisure travel, compared with 66% last year.

@Reuters reports 54 Internet companies shut down in the month of May, as dot-com fallout continues. The number includes both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sites, bringing the toll to 493 failures since January 2000, and 269 since January 2001.

@The European Union's Telecommunications Council agrees to push for regulations forcing Internet service providers to store traffic logs for up to seven years!

@Lovearth.net, a Florida Environmentalist who has collected hundreds of Internet domains bearing the names of celebrities, to promote his ideas, lost his bid to keep a cache of Internet addresses named for the surviving members of the Beatles.

@U.S. Consumer Internet spending fell by nearly 10% in May, according to Forrester Research.

@George Orwell Event of the Month
OIL AND WATER DO NOT MIX - OIL AND SPOOKS DO
Source: Sunday Times (London), June 17, 2001
The Sunday Times, no less, allege that since 1995, a private intelligence firm with close links to the British government's MI6 spy agency has been working for Shell and BP oil, collecting information on green activists. The firm's agent, a native German who posed as a left-wing film maker, was asked to betray plans of Greenpeace's activities against oil giants. He also tried to dupe Anita Roddick's Body Shop group to pass on information about its opposition to Shell's oil drilling in Nigeria.

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THE JUNE ECO-QUIZ WAS: 
What is unique about the single national park of a U.S. state mostly known for an activity banned in many countries?

Yes, there was a winner this time !
But first the correct answer:

Becoming Nevada's first and only National Park in 1986, Great Basin National Park preserves a scenic and varied ice age landscape in the Snake Range of Mountains near the border with Utah. As well as jagged peaks and glacial valleys, forests over a range of vegetation zones are signatures of this spectacular park. The famous Bristlecone Pine holds the record for the longest living thing on earth, with specimens here over 3,000 years old. The oldest of them all, a tree of over 4,950 years named Prometheus, was felled in 1964.

The winner was, who else, our 2000 Quiz Champion, C. Alexopoulos of Athens, Greece.

THE JULY ECO-QUIZ IS:

Archipelago of 9 inhabited islands, a possession of a country for 366 years, inhabited by a very special insect. Name the islands and the insect.

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