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the monthly ecotourism bulletin

In this Issue:  

1. Ecotourism Ring Overview:  

Two new websites joined the Ecotourism Ring during the past month bringing our total to 57 sites from 25 countries.
Traffic grew by 14% from 3001 hits to 3426 hits and thus the Ecotourism Ring climbed from the 51st to the 49th position at the top-100 travel related Webrings. This means we made it into the top-50! Well done everyone!. Next stop, top-40. To preserve the Ecotourism Ring coherence and quality, new rules are into effect (http://ecotourism.cc/ring.html), and will particularly apply to new applicants. Over the past month we had to decline applications from sites which did not measure up to the Ecotourism Ring high standards, while two members were moved back to the queue for not displaying the Ring Code. Please remember, this is a voluntary, genuine ecotourism websites association. No one will be allowed to reduce it to an add-your-link program.   Only some Ecotourism Associations are currently exempt from the banner rule. On the other hand, the Esthonian Ecotourism Association has always honoured us by featuring the Ecotourism Banner. Dear colleagues, Keep the ecotourism standard flying!  Unity is strength!  Let's spread the ecotourism philosophy to the four corners of the Web.

Ecotourism Ring Top-10 by Traffic generated

Rank

(Previous) Clicks  (Previous) Ecotourism Ring Member Site:
1 (2) 142 (161) Eco-Tours in Bhutan
2 (3) 142 (94) Sunny Brook Cottages -NH, U.S.A.
3 (1) 120 (166) Amazon Rain Forest Expedition
4 (6) 64 (64) Daintree Wilderness Lodge - Australia
5 (10) 59 (46) African Safaris & EcoTourism
6 (-) 57 (-) Tourindia - Kerala, India
7 (-) 54 (-) About.com: Ecotourism
8 (7) 48 (53) AmazonAid.Org
9 (-) 46 (-) Eco Farm Vacations, Kerala, India
10 (4)       46 (66) ecotourism.cc - Free Ecotourism Resources

2. The new Ecotourism Ring Members:    

A Warm welcome to our new members from Australia and Canada.

ECOS College - Coorong & Lower Murray Wetlands & Dunes- Australia - ECOS College is an Outdoor Education service provider and an OE Professional Development Training Provider servicing all education groups. It also welcomes groups from within the general tourism industry. The major focus in on the river, wetlands and dunes of the Lower Murray River and Coorong.

Great Canadian Ecoventures - Environmentally-concious adventures in the Northwest Territories & Nunavut, Canada. Remarkable wilderness & wildlife expeditions for the camera, paddle,heart & soul.


3.  Members News: A Message by Katrina Adams of Kosrae Village Resort, Micronesia.

Kosrae, Micronesia Coral Monitoring -

Kosrae Village is proud to announce the successful completion of another coral monitoring survey.

This three week coral monitoring project, completed on March 10, is part of series of coral reef surveys ongoing since 1996.  These coral monitoring surveys are a collaborative effort between Kosrae Village, an eco-tourism operator, and Kosrae State Marine Resources.

This team, consisting of 5 volunteer divers from the US as well as Kosrae Village and Marine Resources staff surveyed 10 sites on Kosrae's pristine hard coral reef using the Reef Check methods.  Permanent survey sites utilizing the 50 plus mooring buoys as markers ensure that it will be possible to re-survey the same sites in the future.

The data collected by this team will be used both by the Kosrae State Marine Resources for management purposes and by the Reef Check organization for inclusion in their international data base.

Due to the limited resources available on the island, this very important work could not be completed without the assistance of the volunteer sport divers.

The next survey period is scheduled for the August/September 2000 time frame and more volunteer divers will be needed!

For further information please contact Katrina Adams at:
Kosrae Village, Box 399, Kosrae, Micronesia 96944
Phone +691-370-3483 Fax +691-370-5839
e-mail Info@KosraeVillage.com


4. Monthly Poll 

Q: Should Pigs be Cloned in order to grow Human Transplants?  - Out of a total  of  55  VOTES: 

47% YES
40% NO
13%  UNDECIDED

More than half of the respondents were not too sure or disagreed with cloning pigs and making them grow human transplants. Despite that, this will soon happen.  One may agree or disagree, but isn't it time that official research bodies address these big questions, instead of simply ignoring them?  Of course, we may recognise the need to alleviate human suffering but should this be done through cruelty to animals? Furthermore, is it safe?

And if cloning is unethical, what difference does it make if it is human cloning or animal cloning? Or is it simply that humans may protest, while animals can not. And the questions remain, are animals machines? Are profits above ethics?

NEW POLL: DOES MASS TOURISM FOLLOW ECOTOURISM?
Options: ALWAYS, SOMETIMES, NEVER

TO VOTE CLICK HERE   

The Poll will end on the 15th of May, results in the next ecotouRING news.


5. World Ecotourism News   - (with our infamous Comments in Brackets)  

U.N. WARNS OF MONGOLIA STARVATION - AP - 16/3/00
Without food aid, Mongolia could face large-scale starvation as the coldest winter in 30 years continues to kill the livestock
that are the mainstay of the country's rural economy.


MADAGASCAR CYCLONES FELL TREES, KILL RARE ANIMALS - RTR - 17/3/00
The cyclones that ripped through Madagascar recently almost certainly tore down areas of endangered forest and killed
some of the island's rare animals and birds according to WWF in Madagascar. (Lest we forget that on top of human induced disasters, animals have to cope with natural ones too)

RARE CROCODILE FOUND IN CAMBODIA - AP - 18/3/00
A species of crocodile previously considered extinct has been found in the remote western jungles of Cambodia, the Pnom Penh Post reported. Researchers from Fauna and Flora International sighted three Siamese crocodiles living in rivers and marshes within the Cardamom mountain range near Cambodia's border with Thailand.

CANADA INUITS ASK TO HUNT ENDANGERED WHALE - RTR - 20/3/00
An Inuit native community in northern Canada said Sunday it had asked the government for permission to hunt and kill
a Bowhead whale, an endangered species that was pursued to near extinction in the 1800s. (A difficult choice, but I still vote with the whale. You?)

PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER BAHAMAS WHALE DEATHS - AP - 22/3/00
Eight whales beached and died soon after the U.S. Navy conducted anti-submarine exercises off the northern Bahamas, prompting an investigation and calls for an end to such exercises.

WATERCRAFT BANNED FROM MOST U.S. NATIONAL PARKS - Chicago Tribune - 22/3/00
The National Park Service on Tuesday issued a rule banning personal watercraft from all but 21 of its 379 parks and
recreation areas.

BRAZIL PREPARES TO MONITOR AMAZON IN DRY SEASON - RTR - 22/3/00
Brazil Tuesday launched its largest-ever drive to protect the vast Amazon rain forest from logging and illegal burning
during the dry season when the worst destruction takes place, the government said. (Good Luck...)

EU MAY BAN SINGLE-HULLED TANKERS - AP - 22/3/00
The European Commission outlined plans today to ban single-hulled oil tankers from EU ports as part of a new package of maritime safety rules. (Maybe because tankers are visible, but what about industrial sewage?)

CANADA LYNX ADDED TO THREATENED SPECIES LIST - ENN - 23/3/00
Following a flurry of lawsuits by conservationists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday listed the Canada
lynx as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. (Should we rejoice?)

DEADLY CYANIDE WASHES INTO PNG RIVER - RTR -23/3/00
Deadly sodium cyanide accidentally dropped from a helicopter in Papua New Guinea has seeped into a river and villagers
in the area have been warned not to drink the water. (At least, it was accidentally dropped)

NEAR-RECORD ICEBERG REPORTED IN ANTARCTICA - RTR - 23/3/00
An iceberg of near-record size  -  about twice as big in area as the state of Delaware  -  is breaking off
from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf and may soon be adrift, the University of Wisconsin said Wednesday. (Could it possibly, have anything to do with global warming?)

"HUMAN YENS WIPED OUT FLIGHTLESS BIRDS" - UPI - 25/3/00
"Primitive people living close to nature are as efficient at wiping out animal species as computer-age man, a study
of New Zealand's extinct Moa shows."
(What idiotic nonsense. Does that "reporter" realise how many species "efficiently" became extinct over the last 100 years by our "non-primitive" society? Who knows, such "reporters" may next argue that "wiping-out" "primitive people" was a wise act.)

ABOUT 50 TEAMS GEAR UP TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST - RTR - 27/3/00
About 50 teams will attempt to climb the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, during the peak climbing season
this summer, mountaineering officials in Nepal said today. (Let's just hope they do it in turns.)

PANEL DISCUSSES BIOTECH FOOD LABELS - AP - 29/3/00
"Proposed warning labels on genetically modified foods would needlessly scare the millions of Americans who fill their
shopping carts with the food each week without even realizing it, food industry leaders say".
(Imagine a label "this genetically modified cornflake may harm your child's health", that would make you think wouldn't it? Of course some "food industry leaders" would rather prefer that "millions of Americans" not to mention billions of non-Americans, kept not "realizing it")

CAVES HOLD A HIDDEN TROVE OF BIODIVERSITY - ENN - 30/3/00
Out of sight and, until recently, out of mind, cave-dwelling species in the United States have finally captured the attention
of the conservation community. (Poor species)

VIETNAMESE ELEPHANTS MAY FACE EXTINCTION, REPORT SAYS - RTR - 31/3/00
Vietnam's wild elephant population has shrunk dramatically in recent years and the mammal might become extinct unless
action is taken quickly, a conservation group said.

UK TO BACK HUMAN EMBRYO CLONING FOR RESEARCH -  RTR - 3/4/00
Britain is expected to approve the CLONING of HUMAN embryos for medical research, which could allow scientists to create spare parts for the body, the Daily Telegraph reported today.
(WHO decides on such serious issues without a public vote ? And why no one is protesting? Are they waiting for "Human Spare Parts" signs to go up on the High Street?  Mr. Orwell wake up please!)

33 LYNX RELEASED IN COLORADO - AP - 3/4/00
Thirty-three Canada lynx were let loose in the southwestern Colorado high country Sunday, the first this year under a
program to bring the long-absent cat back to the state for good.

NORTH AMERICANS CAN ADOPT PANDAS ON INTERNET - UPI - 3/4/00
From April 1 anyone in North America can adopt a giant panda on the Internet and help save them from extinction, according
to the official China Daily newspaper in Beijing.
(Of course, this is easy and does not cost the government a Yuan. But HOW can you "adopt a panda on the internet" Does this make sense to you?)

INDIA'S TIGERS COULD BE 'EXTINCT WITHIN 10 YEARS' -  RTR - 5/4/00
British Environment Minister Michael Meacher was quoted today as saying India's tigers could be extinct within 10
years because of an upsurge in poaching for skins and traditional Chinese medicine.
Source: Reuters 5/4/00  (Environmental Colonialism? But what did the Indian Minister say?)

JAMAICA ENDS USE OF LEADED GASOLINE - RTR - 6/4/00
Jamaica today officially ended the use of leaded gasoline on the Caribbean island, following three decades of concern
about health and environmental hazards resulting from its use. (Eerie!)

CITES to revise trade rules on wild plants and animals - UNEP - 9/4/00
Some 2,000 officials from governments and organizations gathered at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters here in Nairobi from 9 - 20 April  to promote action under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention will consider proposals to amend the lists of species  subject to trade controls or bans. The proposals cover over 60 groups of species, ranging from the African elephant and the minke  whale to Malagasy poison frogs and the monkey puzzle tree.In addition, the Parties to the Convention will establish a strategic plan to guide CITES through the year 2005. (Blah, Blah, Blah, poachers be holding their breath, or their stomach)

REED BOAT ARRIVES IN EASTER ISLAND - AP - 10/4/00
An American adventurer attempting a trip around the world on a Reed boat has arrived safely in Easter Island, the first stop in his trip. At one point, one mast holding a sail broke, but he succeeded in repairing it. From Eastern Island, Buck, from Ashfield, Mass., plans to go on to Papeheete, Australia, Egypt, Florida and beyond. He departed Feb. 25 from the northern Chilean port city of Arica. The trip around the world may take him five years. (Now, Thats the ULTIMATE ECO-tour)

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ALARMED OVER GIANT GM FISH - RTR - 11/4/00
Environmentalists warned today that genetically modified fish which can grow 10 times faster than normal could taint
the gene pool and upset the delicate balance of nature. (But not even giant modified fish can scare off some modifying monsters)

"RECOVERING FROM GORILLA WARFARE" - NY Times - 11/4/00
"Several Rwandan and American institutions are teaming up to create a high-tech program to monitor Rwandan gorillas and their habitat, using remote sensing from satellites and aircraft as well as human trackers on the ground carrying Global Positioning System units.  The Rwandan government is hoping to use the program as a way to train people in the use of computers and sophisticated communications technology, skills that could be applied to other projects in this nation that is struggling to rebuild itself after years of war and civil strife.  Rwandan officials also hope the project will raise the profile of their conservation efforts and help bring tourists back to the country." (I hope the equipment will be used to monitor gorillas and not guerillas).

EU REJECTS MODIFIED FOOD RULES - Various - 12/4/00
The European parliament today rejected tougher conditions for growing and marketing genetically modified foods in the
European Union.
(For Euro MPs European profits seem to matter more than European safety)

Clinton to set aside sequoia tract - AP - 12/4/00
President Clinton is expected to set aside 355,000 acres of forests in California as a federal monument to permanently protect groves of giant sequoia trees in Sequoia National Forest, officials said.

HERBAL MEDICINE THREATENS SOME WILD PLANTS - RTR - 13/4/00
Western consumers' growing passion for herbal medicine is threatening the survival of some of the most valuable wild
plants, scientists and conservationists told a U.N. gathering in Nairobi. (Wild plants between a rock and a hard place)

TURTLES STILL IN JEOPARDY DESPITE GLOBAL TRADE BAN - RTR -13/4/00
The world's marine turtle populations are still falling despite a ban on international trade, and six of the seven
species still face extinction, a leading conservation group said.

JAPAN AT CENTER OF DEBATE ON ENDANGERED SPECIES - RTR - 14/4/00
"Japan, never one to shy away from a trade fight, is again at war with conservationists over proposals to resume trading
in whales, elephant ivory and marine turtles." (Japanese conservationists, please make yourselves HEARD !)


6. Trade Shows / Conferences

If you are organising or are aware of an ecotourism related Trade Show or Conference please send the details to ringnews@ecotourism.cc to include it here.  More trade shows at http://ecotourism.cc

International Tourism Exhibition  
Public Show, Trade Show & Exhibition, Paris, France,  Apr 26-May 8, 2000

@Travel
Conference, Trade Show & Exhibition Miami, FL, United States Apr 25-26, 2000

ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET
Trade Show & Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  May 2-5, 2000

Holiday Mart
Trade Show & Exhibition, Karachi, Pakistan, May 18-20, 2000

Kuwait International Travel & Tourism Exhibition

Trade Show & Exhibition, Kuwait City, Kuwait, May 23-27, 2000

Health & Wellness Tourism Conference
Waikiki, Hawai - Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, May 22-23, 2000
A conference designed to develop and launch Health and Wellness
Tourism in Hawaii
Presented by  The Hawai'i Women's Business Center in partnership
with the following organizations:

- Hawai'i Ecotourism Association
Five Mountain Medical Community
kauai's Association of the healing Arts
U.S. Small Business Administration

Contact: Bea Arnopole - General Manager www.islandsource.com
* Member Hawaii Ecotourism Association
808-967-8617 (Big Island) 800-908-9764 (toll-free)


EIBTM

Trade Show & Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland, May 23-25, 2000 

World Travel (U.S. Government)

Trade Show & Exhibition, Government-Sponsored Show, Seoul, Rep. of Korea, Jun 1-4, 2000

Society of Incentive & Travel Executives
Conference, Trade Show & Exhibition, Scottsdale AZ, USA, Jun 25-29, 2000


7. Internet & Tourism Laws Watch

Judge approves links to rival Web sites - 30/3/00
A US federal judge ruled that online companies can legally offer links to rival Web sites, a service many Internet firms use to attract new users. The ruling was in favor of upstart Tickets.com, which was the defendant in a lawsuit filed by Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch Inc. that alleged so-called "hyperlinking" should be banned.

US Federal Commission backs moratorium on new Internet taxes
- 7/4/00
A federal commission report urged that taxes should not block growth of the Internet and that lawmakers repeal the 102-year-old telephone tax while extending a moratorium on new Internet taxes. However the 19-member Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce majority fell short of the two-thirds vote needed for a formal recommendation to Congress.


8. ECO-Quiz  Answer correctly by email to quiz@ecotourism.cc and receive a clever game by email!
Q: Up to how many years do plastic film containers thrown by careless tourists last before they are naturally recycled?


Last Month's Question was:

Which country has the most protected areas as a percentage of total territory?

The Answer is :  The Seychelles 93.79%


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