Travel

Rural Mexicans Learning to Make Ecotourism Pay

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 5, 2001   View Article

It’s not hard to advocate ecotourism—loosely defined as a form of travel that protects an area of the natural world while enabling the local people to preserve their culture and meet their daily needs.

The hard part is making ecotourism work.

Coral Reef Paradise Round in Remote Indonesian Islands

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 8, 2001   View Article

Scuba divers, take note: The waters of the Raja Ampat Islands off Indonesia’s province of Irian Jaya may replace heralded Palau as the most species-rich sea in the world.

An international team of marine biologists who visited the Raja Ampats recently to examine the reefs said they found what may be an unparalleled array of species—corals, fishes, and mollusks—including some species never seen before.

Yachtsman Sails World To Save Seas

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 10, 2001   View Article

Sail around the world in record time. Win the coveted America’s Cup. Get knighted by the Queen of England. Successfully defend the cup in New Zealand. Retire from racing. Tap into the Internet. Take people on an Internet voyage to exotic locales. Compel them to love the environment.

Such is the life of Sir Peter Blake.

Aboard the Seamaster, a 118-foot (36-meter) aluminum-hulled vessel that has two 89-foot (27-meter) masts and twin 350 horsepower engines, Blake is on a mission to help protect life in, on, and around the waters of the world. He said he hopes people will follow his journey via the Internet on his Web site and television documentaries and be inspired to join the mission to save parts of the world that are key to the planet’s ecosystem.

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