Nominations have closed and the list of candidates for the 2010 Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award is set. All that is left is the voting. Fifteen tourism services owned and operated by indigenous or local communities, and representing ten countries, are eligible for the 2010 award. So twitter away, with the hashtag #itbw10, if you want to help bring public attention to biodiversity and best practices in managing tourism. Awards will be presented at the annual International Convention for Alternative Travel on 22-25 April 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award is supported by the Heidehof Foundation and represents a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD). The ten countries covered by this year's award are Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sweden.
Two awards will be presented: one juried award and one public choice award. The criteria for winning the jury award are:
- be regularly updated
- link to other relevant sites
- reflect indigenous ownership, authenticity and heritage
- encourage sustainable livelihoods, respect of life on earth
- be user-friendly
- be trustworthy
- provide clear contextual information
- have text in English
- add the award logo.
The public award depends upon you. Visit Planeta to find the links to the websites which have submitted for consideration for an indigenous tourism and biodiversity website award. The 2010 candidates include a fascinating range of travel opportunities, from biking through Mexico to spear throwing with natives in the great Down Under, and activities ranging from yak polo to reindeer sled rides.
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