I write this blog about ecotourism because I have a big interest in this topic and I do think it can make a difference. I want to share what I find/think interesting about it.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Salvador Moving Towards Ecotourism

Crop of Image:CentralAmerica1860Map.Image via WikipediaCentral America is definitely the poorest part of this continent and Salvador has been affected by civil wars, criminality and drug trafficking. Tourism might be a new source of income if the security gets better, and ecotourism will then be a plus for this country.

The government with the support of USAID has recently launched a website Eco Experiencias El Salvador that aims to brand the country a a preserved and ecofriendly destination. We can hope it will be as successful as Costa Rica

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Obama: Fulfilling the Promises?

president-elect barack obamaImage by patrick dentler via FlickrI wrote a couple of weeks ago about the elction of Barack Obama and what it could mean regarding any green issue. I just found this article that shows the commitment that the president-elect is willing to take in terms of environmental policy. I know it may sound naive, but if he only does half of what he says, that would be such a massive step in terms of environmental policies.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Green Social Network

Social Networks are great to share, learn and meet new people. So for our green activities we could use this new social network, Greenwala. Here are their words to describe themselves: "Greenwala is a community where you can learn and brag about being green, read articles, write blogs, post classifieds, enter, vote and participate in campaigns, and more. It’s a place to share your green stories with friends and family as we all do our part to move our planet toward a greener and more sustainable future".

Have a try!

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Ecotourism in Australia: A Chance for this Endangered Ecosystem

Alice Springs Desert Park, Sand Drawing AboriginalImage via WikipediaIn my last post I talked about how fragile the nature in Australia is and the different threats (mass tourism; climate change) endangering it. Fortunately more people are becoming aware of the situation and taking actions.

Two ecotourist project were distinguished for their achievements: The Wayoutback Desert Safarbased in Alice Springs, allows people to discover the outback without destroying it and Pacific Asia Tourism which described themselevs as a "research, consultancy and education/training organization focused on the capacity of sustainable tourism to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals".

The more this kind of project we can find, the more Australia has some chances to preserve its unique ecosystem.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

The Wonders of Australia Threatened by Mass Tourism and Climate Change

{{self2|GFDL|cc-by-2.Image via WikipediaAustralia is an amazing place an earth with a wide range of amazing landscapes and beautiful costs. The fact that it is attracting so many people that want to enjoy what the country has to offer is in the same time endangering the fragile ecosystem of this continent.

Moreover, Australia will be deeply affected by climate change, which adds another threat to its breathtaking wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef or the Koalas. Even if the country is going to the right direction with the election of Kevin Rudd, there is still a lot to do for the country which has the highest emissions of carbon dioxide per inhabitants in the world.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

White Christmas or Green Christmas??

Christmas is in seven weeks time and I know some of you are thinking of holidays. But why going to a non environmentally friendly ski resort for queuing in the cold whereas you could be enjoying the sun somewhere else??

Costa Rica seems well indicated both for the sun and for the environmentally friendly holidays it can provide. Find your new holidays plans here.

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New Destinations for Ecotourism

A map of Costa RicaImage via WikipediaIf some countries seem to have been at the forefront of Ecotourism (Costa Rica being one of them), others such as Philippines are developing this new way of doing tourism and see an increase of their outcome coming fom this sector.

However other countries, especially in Africa, are discovering the benefits of ecotourism. Here is a list of five countries you have not probably thought of for ecotourism: Gabon, Laos, Namibia, Poland and Bhutan. Have a look.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Barack Obama, a New Hope for the Environment

The election of Barack Obama as the new president of the USA is a turning point for America and the world as we can hope that he will push his country towards a bigger involvement in green policies and international agreements. It is time for a new Kyoto protocol!

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