(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
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"
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:
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
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
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.
"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
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.
International Secretariat at: email@example.com
and send your postal address (please include detailed information). For others
cost is US$ 10
by Bob Evans, Marko Joas, Susan Sundback and Kate
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
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.
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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