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Comment by Annika Hipple on January 18, 2010 at 3:45pm
Hi everyone,

I am going to be traveling to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama next month as the writer for Green Living Project's expedition to document sustainability-related projects in those countries. They are still working on finalizing the list of projects we will be visiting and have asked me to check in with my contacts for suggestions. Do any of you know of any interesting projects that GLP should look into visiting? Examples of past projects have included eco-lodges and other sustainable tourism projects, community development programs, conservation and environmental education projects, and so on.

If you have any ideas, please let me know as soon as possible so I can pass on the info to the GLP coordinator. As things currently stand, we are planning to be in Central America February 15-March 5.

Thanks!
Annika
Comment by Stan & Ginger Duncan on January 14, 2010 at 10:47am
We are very excited to be participating in the Go Green Expo in Los Angeles later this month. Come by Booth #310 between January 22 & 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 1201 South Figueroa St., South Hall J, and watch some terrific video of the eco-adventures we offer at Alderwood Retreat. Naturalist guided hikes, guided sea kayaking past bird rookeries and sea otter colonies, marine tours to see porpoise & whales, voluntourism projects like cleaning up our outlying beaches, historical & cultural tours, cooking classes, and SO much more are all available at our eco-lodge in the pristine Alaskan wilderness on Kodiak Island. This show is oriented by & for people who care about taking care of the environment, so there'll be lots to see! The first folks to e-mail us will recieve free passes into the show!!! Hope to see you there!
Comment by West Africa Discovery on January 12, 2010 at 1:52pm
West Africa Discovery (www.westafricadiscovery.com) , a web portal aiming to raise awareness towards West Africa and to promote sustainable/responsible tourism development through the listing of tours, accommodations and volunteer projects that strive towards the fulfilment of criteria outlined in the Cape Town, Kerala and Belize declarations on responsible tourism practices in destinations (http://www.westafricadiscovery.co.uk/responsible-tourism.html). We also aim to make West Africa Discovery the first port of call in the UK for referring tourists to Western African based Responsible Tourism projects.

As a company we aim to help in the development of Responsible/Sustainable development in all West African countries by linking like minded people together to facilitate the sharing of ideas, educating by distributing Responsible Tourism related material to Tourism organisations and helping locally based individuals to develop ideas which will help to develop the concept in their country.

We are committed to putting West Africa on the map as a destination that tourists would like to visit, and our vision is that through the West Africa Discovery project the listed accommodations and tours will provide benefits for local communities whilst respecting the natural, cultural, social and historical heritages in the destination.
Comment by Andres Hammerman - Black Sheep on January 7, 2010 at 7:29pm
Our website has been revamped, take a look at the new version if you haven't been there before
Comment by West Africa Discovery on December 28, 2009 at 8:04am
West Africa Discovery promotes accomodation, tours and volunteer projects based in West Africa that are showing a significant commitment to the Responsible Tourism policies outlined in the Cape Town, Kerala and Belize declarations on Responsible Tourism in destinations. Visit us at www.westafricadiscovery.co.uk to discover our current selection of Responsible Tourism projects.
Comment by Andres Hammerman - Black Sheep on December 16, 2009 at 7:29pm
Black Sheep Inn Ecuador is an internationally award winning Ecolodge. I think you would be impressed by the extensiveness of the eco standards at our quirky eco resort. see www.blacksheepinn.com
Comment by Patricia Gajo on December 16, 2009 at 3:13pm
Hi, I am writing a feature on eco-hotels and need a total of five for my article. So far I am looking at La Luna in Grenada, Ace in Palm Springs, Dos Palmas in Palawan, Philippines...I would love suggestions on two more...hopefully one in Canada, as this is a Canadian pub. patricia.gajo@adventuramag.ca
Comment by Jose Balido on November 24, 2009 at 9:06pm
Britain's new Air Passenger Duty Tax is being called a 'disaster for the Caribbean.' A family of four taking a holiday in the Caribbean will end up spending an extra GBP300 ($498) on taxes alone as a result, presumably to "offset aviation's carbon emissions."

My opinion: we must do everything in our power to protect the environment. But is this the best way? How do we know the British govt is really using the proceeds to plant saplings? And how do we balance the need to protect the planet, assuming this is a valid way, with the need to maintain a healthy tourism industry in impoverished nations and a healthy economy in general?

It's a tough one, I know. Any thoughts?
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Comment by Annika Hipple on November 24, 2009 at 8:42pm
I'd like to raise awareness of a special fundraising trip that taking place in late February/early March. South America specialist Vaya Adventures is partnering with Chile-based Patagonia Adventure Expeditions on a special trip to the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia, an area that is threatened by a massive dam project that would significantly impact the nature and human livelihoods of the region. The trip will trek through areas that would be flooded by the dams and raft down one of the rivers where the dams would be built. Proceeds will benefit International Rivers, one of the environmental organizations leading the campaign against the project. For more on the issue and the trip, please see my blog post on the topic.
 

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