The Ecotravel Center

While not quite the one-stop-shop we thought it might be, the Ecotravel Center does at less provide some decent background to what is important in selecting tourism locations to visit. An initiative of Conservation International, who also are involved in the World Legacy Awards for ecotourism. CI reckon that locals who earn a crust from eco-tourism are more likely to "protect their natural resources and support conservation efforts." To this end they have identified what they term Biodiversity Hotspots, which are under threat and need all the help they can get, including that provided by eco-minded tourists. These Hotspots in Bolivia, Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico and Panama are given links on the website to benign tourist destinations. Descriptions, contact details and reasons why your visit will benefit the region are provided for each. ::The Ecotravel Center