ISSN 1108-8931


Year 6 - Issue 67

Sponsored by: Zante Feast Discovery Holidays, Purple Valley Yoga Centre, Hana Maui Botanical Gardens, Jorth Consult Limited, Pacuare Lodge


This is a small selection of new and recent ecotourism related publications in print and electronic format.

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(a) Free Downloadable Articles & Reports

Channel View Publications are offering free on-line access, until 31 March 2005, to their acclaimed academic tourism journals, which include the Journal of Ecotourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Current Issues in Tourism, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, International Research in Geographical Environmental Education. Plenty of reading to do at:

"Ecotouristic Guide to the Wetlands of Crete"

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Guide prepared with European Union funding in the context of the LIFE-Environment program. (LIFE00ENV/GR/000685). A misnomer, should have been entitled "Bird guide": Satisfactory on birdwatching information and pictures, some historical info, some access maps but no guidance or guidelines for appropriate birdwatching, and someone could believe Crete is uninhabited: nothing on humans, their culture or activities. Also no mention of the many current problems of these wetlands, or the management (or rather the lack thereof) of tourism therein. These wetlands are the Crete that (fortunately/unfortunately) very few of the 2 million tourists currently visit. Guide is free, so download at:

(b) Other Articles & Reports

"Certification : a catalyst for partnerships"
by Chris Wille in Human ecology review, 11 (3, 2004): 288-291
Compares certification to joint councils, codes of conduct and licensing agreements, and argues that it is a positive discovery by NGOs and an accord between activists and capitalists. Author optimistically argues that economic incentives lead to ethically and environmentally sound business practices.

"Facilitating and evaluating public participation in urban parks management"
by Gerda Speller & Neil Ravenscroft in Local environment, 10 (1, 2005) : 41-56
Authors argue that local authorities should have the financial commitment and willingness to recognise public involvement as an educative and empowering process, and, controversially, that groups should develop and own their achievements. The article also outliens the design of two participation evaluation matrices for creating and supporting public groups.

"The digital divide and increasing returns : contradictions of information capitalism"
by Govindan Parayil in Information society, The, 21 (1, 2005) : 41-51
The author finds social and economic inequalities in informational capitalism and makes two arguments: that income distribution has sharply skewed in the information age, and that knowledge production is a self-reinforcing cycle that tends to disproportionately reward some and exclude others. It argues that the digital divide is as much a symptom and a cause of these broader techno-economic phenomena, and not just a simple issue of connectivity. However the author does not test his theory by looking at what happens when connectivity is provided to a small community.

Tourism, Rainforests and Worthless Lands: The Origins of National Parks in Queensland"
by Warwick Frost, in Tourism Geographies, 6, (4, 2004) : 493 - 507
The author contests Alfred Runte's theory that US national parks were only established where government regarded the lands as worthless for economic development, by looking at the establishment of national parks in the rainforests of Queensland. In fact, the declaration of these national parks was the subject of an extensive debate over the period 1895–1915, during which it was strongly argued that they had significant potential for farming and logging.


(c) New Books

"Genetically Modified Trees: The ultimate threat to forests"
by Chris Lang
Commissioned by the World Rainforest Movement, Uruguay & Friends of the Earth International
The debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has until now largely
focused on agricultural crops, whereas the dangers posed by GM trees are in some ways more serious than those posed by GM crops. Forestry scientists are busily playing with genes to "improve" trees, while in reality they are changing some of the trees' characteristics to better serve the interests and profitability of those that fund their research (guess who). This publication (available in English and Spanish) argues that another world is possible ... and GM trees are not part of it. Non Governmental Organizations and Indigenous Peoples Organizations can ask for a free copy of the book.
Contact WRM International Secretariat at: and send your postal address (please include detailed information). For others cost is US$ 10 (shipment included).

"Governing Sustainable Cities"
by Bob Evans, Marko Joas, Susan Sundback and Kate Theobald
This is one of the outputs of the DISCUS project coordinated by ICLEI, and funded by the European Commission. Drawing on three years of field research in 40 European towns and cities the book is the first to examine empirically the process of urban governance in
sustainable development. Examines issues such as institutional and social capacity, institutional design social equity, politics, partnerships and cooperation and creative policy-making, the book, draws compelling conclusions and offers strong guidance.

"The Politics of World Heritage"
by David Harrison & Michael Hitchcock (London Metropolitan University)
Channel View Publications
A collection of papers discussing World Trade Law and focus on the contested nature of World Heritage at sites as diverse as The Netherlands, Ellis Island (USA), post-colonial Mesoamerica, Cambodia, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan, and Vietnam. In addition, eight research notes explore heritage interpretation in the USA, Lebanon, Peru, Indonesia, Singapore, Tasmania and India.


(d) Free Software

Your 3D guide to the Galaxy, to put things into perspective when you are feeling too important...See earth's light pollution from space, but no environmental scars visible from that far whatsoever!

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