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Carbon offsetting takes off in US
A major travel organisation, based in the United States, has expanded its services related to carbon offsetting in response to growing consumer and industry demand for a customer-frendly system to help to curb global warming. ... more

Turtles or tourists in Cape Verde isles?
by Olivier van Bogaert

Boa Vista is one of the ten islands that make up the West African island-nation of Cape Verde. It is also home to one of the few turtle beaches left in the archipelago, but with a new international airport on the way and the prospect of a million tourists, for how long? ... more

Green light for ethical African safari
African Initiatives, a social justice organisation and registered charity based in the UK, has launched its first ethical sponsored trek to Tanzania. And unlike some charity events, the organisers aim to directly benefit the communities concerned. ... more

Biodiversity hotspots threatened by tourism
Tourism has increased by more than 100 per cent between 1990 and 2000 in the world�s Biodiversity hotspots, regions richest in species and facing extreme threats, according to a report released by Conservation International (CI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ... more

Explore with Earthwatch in 2004
It can be hard to know how to convert a passion for the planet into positive action but Earthwatch, an international environmental charity and a Planet 21 partner organisation, may have the answer.Their expedition guide for 2004 is now available. ... more

Putting trekking wrongs to right
Frostbite, altitude sickness and even death can be the cost for mountain porters carrying trekkers' equipment in the Himalayas, on the Inca Trail in Peru and at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. As a response, Tourism Concern, the London-based charity campaigning for ethical and fairly traded tourism, has launched a new campaign for fairer working conditions for porters worldwide. ... more

Indigenous people speak out at Ecotourism Summit
by Sue Wheat

The first World Ecotourism Summit, held in Quebec City, Canada, in May 2002, proved to be a lively forum for indigenous people from Ecuador, Mexico, the Arctic, US, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. Among the 1000 delegates who attended this summit get together to mark the UN-designated International Year of Ecotourism, they certainly made their voices heard. ... more

Ecotourism Summit meets amid controversy
Over 1000 people from 120 countries met in Quebec City, Canada for the World's first Ecotourism Summit (19-22 May). ... more

Ecotourism in trouble at Victoria Falls
Foreign investors have voiced their concerns over the future of 'ecotourism' in Zambia. According to a report by the Environment News Service (ENS), foreign investors have complained about what they call bureaucratic confusion of the Zambia Tourist Board, the Environmental Council of Zambia, Zambia Wildlife Authority, and the National Heritage Conservation Commission. ... more

Taking tourism to World Heritage sites
The International Year of Ecotourism (2002) is being marked by an ambitious experiment in conservation and tourism at six World Heritage sites across the globe: two in Mexico, two in Indonesia, and one each in Guatemala and Honduras. ... more

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