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Time to rethink Caribbean tourism

Who should benefit from Caribbean tourism? Overseas hotel owners and cruise firms, or the people and environment of the islands? It is a touchy issue, addressed in a recent article by Ronald Sanders in The Island Sun. This adapted version comes from the Small Islands Voice, a website for the exchange of small island news. ... more

Eco-tourism comes to Poland
Poland, with over one thousand years of history, is today a country at the crossroads. EU membership and the forces of globalisation promise a new era of modernisation, including a booming tourist industry. But the eco-tourism movement is also stirring, promising a gentler, more sustainable, way to experience the country's natural riches, as Agnieszka Gorczynska reports. ... more

Tree hugging replaces logging in Mexican forest
The 64 members of the community forest, or ejido, in El Palmito, a village in the State of Sinaloa, Mexico, used to make a living from the harvest and sale of timber. Now they have discovered a new source of income for their families, one that involves saving trees instead of cutting them down. Katiana Murillo reports. ... more

Conservancy movement takes off in Namibia
As human populations expand in Africa and natural habitats shrink, people and animals are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food. The impacts are often huge with people losing their crops, livestock, property, and sometimes even their lives. The animals, many of which are already threatened or endangered, are often killed in retaliation. Namibia in southern Africa is no exception, but new experiments in managing land and wildlife there have shown that people and animals can live together. Jan Vertefeuille and Joanna Benn report. ... more

Pandas spur eco-tourism Chinese style
by Claire Doole

Two and a half hours out of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in central China, down a one-lane road - and over lots of potholes - lies the village of Xiang Shujia. Not far from one of China’s oldest panda reserves, at Wanglang, Xiang Shujia is among a handful of former logging villages where ethnic Tibetan Baima people are putting down their saws and embracing the panda’s bamboo forest habitat to practice ecotourism Chinese style. ... more

North Goa feels the tourist pinch
For the two million visitors who land on her shores each year, Goa is just a good holiday destination. But the impact of mass tourism is strongly being felt on the shores of North Goa, where tourism first took root in the 1960s. Frederick Noronha reports. ... more

by Emmanuel Koro

Makuleke, a settlement of some 12,000 people, was forcibly removed from Kruger National Park in 1969 by South Africa's apartheid regime to make way for expansion of the park. Now, largely thanks to the community's own action, electricity has been brought to its villages and local people are involved in a successful eco-tourist project. ... more

Eco tourism Cameroon style
by Olivier van Bogaert

The majestic waterfalls of Memve’ele, though largely unknown are one of the natural jewels of the West African state of Cameroon. Now, local villagers are planning to open them up for eco tourism. Olivier van Bogaert of WWF, which is helping to develop the project, reports. ... more

The new Riviera? No, the old Mediterranean
It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, and millions of people are heading to the Mediterranean’s hottest new destination: Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Islands. But while they’ve often been dubbed “the new Riviera”, a growing number of local people are working hard to ensure the holiday hype doesn’t come true. Emma Duncan reports on how one tiny island is tackling mass tourism. ... more

Can tourism save the Great Barrier Reef?
by Brad Cox

Coral bleaching has once again returned to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, awakening fears that this signals the demise of this natural wonder. Now scientists are turning to tourists to help with research into the problem. ... more

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