ISSN 1108-8931


Year 6 - Issue 71

Sponsored by: Zante Feast Discovery Holidays, Purple Valley Yoga Centre, Hana Maui Botanical Gardens, Jorth Consult Limited, Pacuare Lodge, Ecolife 2005 Fair Ecolodge Awards 2005 & Live Meetings

ECOCLUB is currently holding its own annual Ecolodge Awards, for the second year, throughout June. The candidate projects were introduced in a live meeting at the Chat Centre on June 1, 2005 (Transcripts) and the winners will be announced on Friday July 1, 2005, also at the Chat Centre.

A public discussion of candidate projects is under way at the Community and Members are asked to cast their vote using the on-line form by June 30.

The Ecolodge Awards 2005 build on the successful completion of last years winning project by Ranweli Holiday Village of Sri Lanka, documented on-line

This year we received 9 project proposals as follows (in the order received):

Handicraft Training for village women - Laguna del Lagarto Lodge,
(Costa Rica)

Hydraulic ram pump for village health centre project - 3 Rivers Lodge,

Scholarship scheme for local students - The Lodge at Big Falls

Enhancing capacity of community rice bank - Yaklom Hill Lodge,

Eco-corridor with recycled sign posts - El Nagual Artbergue,

Wall of the Ancients - La Selva Jungle Lodge,

Responsible Garbage Collection - Zion Country Beach Cabins,

Children Paint Contest about Lake Atitlan - EcoHotel Uxlabil Atitlan,

Establishment of an Organic Growers Association - Rainforest Retreat,

The Prize: The Ecolodge Awards 2005 include two prizes, amounting to a total of Euros 750 (approx US$ 1,000) that go directly towards the implementation of the winning projects. The Prize money is exclusively funded by our Members. Out of the 9 candidate projects, ECOCLUB Members need to vote now, and before June 30, for the best two projects, which will then be transparently monitored on-line with the aim of being implemented by the end of 2005. The winner will be announced on July 1, 2005, the 6th anniversary of ECOCLUB.

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ECOCLUB participated in Ecolife 2005 Fair in Athens, June 3 - 6

The General Secretary of the Greek Ministry of Development opens the Fair

The ECOCLUB Team confer before the opening

To celebrate World Environment Day, ECOCLUB took part in ECOLIFE, the first major Environmental Fair in Athens, as an exhibitor, between Friday 3 and Monday 6 June, at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. Some 1,500 people visited our stand, among them some of our Members in Athens, well known environmental journalists and tourism writers, many aspiring ecotourists and ecotourism entrepreneurs. It was a unique opportunity to enlighten the Greek public as to the intricacies of genuine Ecotourism, and to measure their understanding by carrying out a survey on Ecotourism and the problems of tourism and the Environment in Greece. The results of the survey are currently being analysed and will be presented in future issues of the news.

The first of its kind in Greece, the Ecolife festival featured all services relating to the environment - ranging from organic honey to photovoltaic systems and degradable beds made out of latex and coconut husks. Surprisingly despite the seeming lack of promotion, the turnout was high, perhaps also owing to the appearance of the first really summery days!

Set in the impressive ""Agora" area of the brand-new Olympic Stadium complex in Athens, the trade-show was easily accessible by public transport, thus increasing its "greenness". Around 90 exhibitors were present, neatly arranged down two corridors each side of the entrance with a great variety, ranging from organic cheese and wine, free range eggs (and hens!) to huge renewable energy installations, to feng shui stuff. Two round tables were also conducted with fair success, one on organic produce and one on ecolabelling.

Visitors found the ECOCLUB stall equally impressive featuring pictures with commentary highlighting the people, activities and architecture of ecotourism and some of the problems of tourism. Observing the interested parties that asked for clarification on the functions of ECOCLUB and ecotourism in particular, some had the impression that ecotourism always involved some kind of (involuntary / voluntary?) work at the area visited. These and other misconceptions were tackled and the philosophy of genuine ecotourism was put forward.

1,500 eco enthusiasts visited our stand

Visitors even endured the midday heat.


NEWS from ECOCLUB Ecolodges

3 RIVERS ECO LODGE is proud to announce that it is the first hotel in Dominica to achieve, for the second year running, the prestigious GREEN GLOBE 21 Benchmarked Certificate under the GREEN GLOBE 21 Certification program, achieving at or above world best practices in all 6 Earthcheck categories: Energy consumption, Water Consumption, Solid Waste, Social Commitment, Resource Conservation and cleaning chemicals used performance areas.

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New Birds, Butterflies & Elephants package at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge:
Birds, Butterflies & ElephantsFrom rainforest to bush jungle, a journey into the tropical forests of Sri Lanka accompanied by expert naturalist on the whole trip which covers four extremely different types of forest. A deeper experience amongst endemic birds, rare butterflies, tree frogs and wild elephants. Action and time for contemplation. Itinerary: 1)World heritage site Sinharaja Rainforest (2 nights), 2)Tangamale Montane Forest (1 night in mountains at Bandarawela), 3)Dry zone tall tropical forest and bush-jungle at Tree Tops (3 nights). Concept: Combine the 3 nights TTJL stay with a 3 days tour to other types of forest and climate. The point is that there is a great variety of forest within short distances from TTJL. The package is thought for travellers interested in the service of an organised package that is short and flexible enough to be part of an individually planned holiday. Who? Nature lovers. Equally for the ornithologist and anybody with a general passion for nature. Free individual travellers who are interested in trying an adventure that would be complicated to organise alone. Relax - the trip is planned. No prior knowledge needed. Enjoy highlights of exotic nature and learn identification from the specialist guide. Tour start: Meet up in Ratnapura from where you'll be taken to Sinharaja Rainforest by the guide. Pick up/ transfer to Ratnapura can be arranged. Type of accommodation: Ecolodge/guesthouse. The weight is on location and ambience, good fun and an adventurous experience. Price is all incl: accommodation, all meals, fees, naturalist. F/b stay at TTJL is incl. of local drinks and cool beer. Other places alcohol and beer is additional. Transport cost: additional local cost price. A hired vehicle for the whole trip approximately $80-100 to be shared by clients. Part of the trip could be a short train journey through the mountains from Bandarawela to Ella.

Departures: Throughout the year at a time to suit you. Departs with a minimum of two people, subject to accommodation availability.

Monthly group departures: departing around the second week of each month from November 2005 onwards. Please book very well in advance (more than two months please) to avoid ‘no availability problems’.

Price: Set itinerary/accommodation (7 days / 6 nights): $425 per person full board and incl. of all expenses for guide and staff. Single room supplement: $50.

(Rates valid from 1st November 2005 - 31st October 2006)

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New ECOCLUB Ecolodge in Italy

Podere Tegline

Podere Tegline, is a historic and tranquil organic farm on 50 hectares, located in central Italy, in the heart of Tuscany, in that land of rolling hills called Chianti between Siena and Florence, famous for its history, art, culture, for its wine and extra virgin olive oil. The farmhouse, dates back to the year 1537, mentioned as “Luogo deto Tegline” in the Carte dei Capitani di Parte Guelfa from the Florentine Republic. Starting in 2000 the owner Simonetta Bolognesi, has re-established the old olive groves, planted new vineyards and cautiously restored the old principal farm house to be able to accommodate her guests. The original farm layout has been carefully maintained to capture and preserve the evocative feeling of its agricultural past. This is still a working farm, and in collaboration with the "Control Organism of Biological Products AIAB" ( Italian Association Biological Farming ) Podere Tegline produces Chianti Classico Wine DOCG Gallo Nero and extra virgin Olive Oil.


News from our Members

Jeremy Garrett will be coordinating The Adventure Travel World Summit in Seattle, between October 16-18, 2005. The summit will cater specifically to heads of companies.

Megan Epler Wood and Ron Mader are co-organising an Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum, to be held online in November 2005.

Nikki Rose was interviewed for her culinary agro-tours in Crete for the Spring 2005 issue of GreekCircle Magazine, and is currently writing a cookbook / guidebook on Crete.


ECOCLUB on the Radio!

ECOCLUB was showcased on Athens' Radio Epikinonia 94 FM. In a 30 minute show of the weekly series "Nature & Nutrition" by Athena Perraki, ECOCLUB's Director Antonis B. Petropoulos had the opportunity to present the philosophy and practice of Ecotourism, and how ECOCLUB implements it, to the show's thousands of listeners on a prime-time Monday morning (June 13). The show produced many phone calls to ECOCLUB's offices from eco-enthusiastic Athenians keen on planning their summer holidays.




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