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ISSN 1108-8931

INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM MONTHLY

Year 5, Issue 48, May 2003

Eco World

 

CUM GRANO SALIS
"Remengesau's goal is to develop Palau as a paradigm of high-end
ecotourism, a place where deep-pocketed tourists come to enjoy pristine environments"
Source: http://www.guampdn.com

 

 

 

CANADA: Aboriginal Tourism Team Canada (ATTC) released the key findings from the first-ever national Aboriginal tourism study during their National Aboriginal Tourism Conference at Winnipeg. Aboriginal tourism businesses' total economic activity generated $4.9 billion in 2001, of which $2.9 billion resulted directly from tourist spending. This is significantly higher than any previous estimates. The research revealed that Aboriginal tourism still faces challenges in a number of areas such as community capacity/ infrastructure, human resources, product development, marketing and financing.
Source: http://www.newswire.ca

BRASIL: Pantanal is the world's biggest expanse of wetlands. In late April, Brazil designated a significant portion of the enormous Pantanal wetland, in Mato Grosso State as a Wetland of International Importance. Established in 1998 as a reserve, the site is owned by Servicio Nacional do Comercio (SESC), a non-profit organization created by law and funded through an annual contribution from private enterprises, with branches in every state in Brazil. As a reserva particular de partimonio natural (RPPN), the reserve's legal status is said to differ from a national park only in terms of ownership; the owner could legally sell the area but, under the RPPN law, only if the objective of nature protection would not be altered. The SESC administers this private reserve, under the supervision of the Brazilian Intitute for the Environment and Natural Renewable Resources. SESC is responsible for implementing a management plan and carrying out environmental education activities and non-intensive ecotourism at the site. Meanwhile, the governor of Mato Grosso do Sul state, Jose Osorio dos Santos, is reported to want to build a thermoelectric plant, a steel mill, and a petrochemical complex to be fueled by the gas and to turn Corumba, a sleepy colonial city of the Pantanal into a hub of industry, dismissing concerns that such development would endanger the Pantanal's delicate ecological balance. Reinaldo Lourival, director of Conservation International's Pantanal program, worries what the thermoelectric plant is "will generate in the future with the installation of other industries". Shabib Hany of the Corumba-based Organization for Citizenship, Culture and Environment remarks that "because of the economic stagnation here, any type of project generates a lot of expectation but too often there is no plan behind it...that was the case with ecotourism and that's the case with the thermoelectric plant." 
Sources: http://www.enn.com  & http://ens-news.com

UK: Ornithologists have found a 52-year-old Manx shearwater which they say is Britain's oldest known bird. They believe the bird, found on Bardsey Island off the Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales, will have flown about five million miles in its lifetime. It was first ringed in May 1957 when it was about six years old. 
Source: http://www.ananova.com

MALTA: Local environment group Nature Trust has called on the authorities to block large-scale projects such as the Rabat golf course and the Qala Creek development. The trust believes that the authorities should "support sustainable ecotourism initiatives rather than sacrificing more of the land to conventional tourism strategies".
Source: http://www.independent.com.mt

CAPE VERDE: In a 500,000, 2-Year project, UN Volunteers (UNV) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will instruct Cape Verdean trainers on starting up pro-environment small businesses that protect the fragile biodiversity of the islands, including ecotourism, recycling and handicrafts. 
Source: http://allafrica.com

MALAWI: A poacher has been jailed for seven years of hard labour to send a strong message to illegal hunters targeting newly introduced animals in the Nyika National Park. The park is the focus of a joint Malawi/German ecotourism initiative that has reintroduced animals to the park and reformed local agricultural practises to be eco-friendly. The new ecotourism projects are in danger, however, because of massive hunting of the new herds of zebra, antelope and other animals. The park, in northern Malawi, shares a border with Zambia and is particularly hard hit by cross-border poachers.
Source: http://allafrica.com

ZIMBABWE: A local NGO will soon start running training courses in preparing and processing traditional foods to encourage eco-tourism in the Zambezi Valley. The courses are meant to equip communities with skills to establish restaurants that will serve local cuisine in the Zambezi Valley area. The Zambezi Society is working with communities in Binga, Guruve and Muzarabani to encourage efficient and effective sustainable management of their resources. 
Source: http://www.herald.co.zw

BOTSWANA: Botswana's Bukakhwe San Bushmen, have launched a community-run ecotourism project built on preserving their traditional values and protecting the region's declining wildlife. Working in partnership with Conservation International and Wilderness Safaris, the Bukakhwe Cultural Conservation Trust recently inaugurated the new venture called Gudigwa Camp. The ecotourism venture is fully owned by the Bukakhwe San Bushmen and all proceeds will be funneled back into community development projects.
Source: http://allafrica.com

GHANA: The Atiwa Range Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region could be developed into an ecotourism site because of its aesthetic value, Mr Walter Atuoni Gyabaah, Eastern Regional Forest Manager, said, speaking at a workshop at Kibi on a Draft Management Plan for the Atiwa Forest Reserve under the auspices of the Ghana Wildlife Society in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and sponsored by the World Bank. 
Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com

UGANDA: Following a petition by Nature Uganda, a local NGO and a partner of BirdLife International the National Environment Management Authority issued a restoration order to one of the four flower farms on the shores of Lake Victoria, so that they destroy the road they built in Lutembe Bay, an Important Bird Area (IBA) and upcoming ecotourism destination.
Source: http://allafrica.com

SOUTH AFRICA: The decision by the South African National Parks' (SANParks) to allow private concessions in S.A. National Parks is being opposed by NGO Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa - Northern Areas (WESSA NAR.) as according to its Chairman, Stuart Bartman, "concessions will cut up our national parks into pieces and allocate these pieces of land to the private sector businesses for their exclusive use for a minimum of a 20-year period".
http://allafrica.com

LEBANON: Environment Minister Fares Boueiz said his ministry urgently needs new advanced legislation that provides it with the role of consultancy in environment issues and that "ecotourism cannot be successful unless environment violations become punishable by law". The environment had so far been the victim of “political conflicts and narrow interests.
Source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb

SAUDI ARABIA: Sewage and spear-fishing by mostly expatriates are seriously damaging the reefs up to 40 km south of Jeddah, according to Hagen Schmid, an internationally-renowned undersea photographer who has been recording the reefs and their decline for more than 25 years.
http://www.arabnews.com

PAKISTAN: The provincial government of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has announced area of Lake Saiful Maluk as National Park to protect this lake from further degradation. In relation to the current state of tourism in the country, the head of the Pakistan Ecotourism Society, Agha Iqrar Haroon, said the livelihood of thousands of skilled workers dependent on mountaineering was at serious risk. “The porters, the guides, drivers, hotel business have badly suffered” while “continuing instability in Afghanistan and ever present fears of a resurgence of hostilities between Pakistan and India make a tourist-unfriendly atmosphere,” Mr Haroon said. On a separate note, Ecotourism Society Pakistan (ESP) has announced an Article competition for journalists with award amount of Rs. 5,000 on "Role of Non-government and government organisation for the development of Ecotourism in Pakistan during IYE 2002". Journalists can submit their article before June 15, 2003 along letter of organisation (from Editor of News paper) to ESP Article must be 3,000 words and in digital format. Free Lance journalists are also welcome with a letter from Press Information department or Regional Information department regarding their status as Freelance journalist.
Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk & http://www.ecotourism.org.pk

INDIA: A much publicised ecotourism project at Iritti near Kannur in Kerala State, received a major boost last week when the government announced a financial package for the speedy development of the site. Small cottages, pathways and camping facilities will be made available at the wild life sanctuary. An eco-friendly park will also be set up at Pazhassi Dam site. A rope way will connect the new park with the already existing Mahatma Gandhi Park over the river. The state government has given nod for four eco-tourism projects in the state. Apart from the Iritti Tourism Project the remaining ones will be coming up at Thenmala, Ranni and Paalaruvi.
Source: http://www.manoramaonline.com

INDIA: More than two decades after it was closed for human activities, the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve was today reopened partially for initiating ecotourism related work. However, no tourist would be able to visit the area since infrastructure in the area has to be developed, NDBR director Jyotsna Sittling told PTI. The NDBR was closed for all human activities in 1982 following concern expressed by environmentalists that the fragile region was getting polluted. When asked as to when tourists would be allowed in the area, she said the government's first priority was to build infrastructure along the nine km-long trek and involve local villagers in eco-tourism-related activities. A team of experts, which last year visited NDBR, housing the famous Nanda Devi national park, had recommended that the area should only be opened for eco-tourism and also the ban on mountaineering should not be lifted, official sources said.
Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com

BRUNEI: According to Canadian expert Anne E Russon, orangutan numbers are diminishing as a result of hunting pressure and the deterioration of the species has unfortunately increased in recent times. Great apes numbered approximately 315,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. By 1997-1998, their numbers were estimated to be 22,000 and in the next 5 to 10 years orangutans will become extinct unless current practices are curbed.
Source: http://www.brudirect.com

AUSTRALIA: Coles Bay in Tasmania has become the first Australian town to ban plastic bags in all retail outlets. The tiny community is at the gateway to the world-renown Freycinet National Park and will instead offer shoppers reusable paper bags at 25 cents a pop or sturdier calico bags for $2. Australian shoppers use a staggering seven billion bags each year. Often ending up in oceans and waterways, the bags spell potential death for marine creatures.
Source: http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au

AUSTRALIA: Richard Branson announced that he is buying at a A$5-million Makepeace island off the plush Sunshine Coast resort of Noosa to turn it into an "ecotourism retreat". The 25-acre island will have a main house, numerous camping sites, a training centre and tree-house accommodation and will offer tennis courts, nature walks and water sports.
Source: http://www.iol.co.za

HAWAII: A legislative proposal would set up funds to maintain and improve access to Hawaii's trails in an attempt to promote eco-tourism. The funds, from the visitor-paid transient accommodations tax, would be deposited into a special land and development fund for the Hawaii statewide trail and access program administered under the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Source: http://pacific.bizjournals.com

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