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Marlene Ehrenberg Wins 2002 Colibri Ecotourism Award

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Publication date: June 2002

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MEXICO CITY -- To celebrate World Environment Day, Planeta.com presents the second annual Colibri Ecotourism Award to Mexican ecotourism pioneer Marlene Ehrenberg.

A Planeta.com writer and frequent contributor to the Mexico Ecotourism Network, Marlene receives the Colibri ('Hummingbird') Award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize, underwritten by Canyon Travel, a prominent North American ecotourism operator.

The United Nations celebrates World Environment Day each year on June 5 as a way to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action.

2002 was the International Year of Ecotourism and the year in which the United Nations focused on water issues.

ABOUT THE COLIBRI AWARD

First presented in 2001, the Colibri Ecotourism Award is presented to a leading authority at the vanguard of ecotourism.

We recognize that ecotourism depends on the leadership of individuals who are resourceful and innovative. To honor the pioneers in this field, we pay our respect via the Colibri Ecotourism Award.

Ecotourism depends on the leadership of individuals who are bold enough to bridge the traditional divisions between tourism and the environment. The decision of who wins the Colibri is made by Planeta.com Webhost Ron Mader with consultation from members of the Mexico Ecotourism Network, including Hector Ceballos Lascurain, Verena Gerber and Fernando Garcia Aguinaco.

CRITERIA

Planeta.com presents the Colibri Ecotourism Award to those whose work in Mexico is exemplary and who share what they learn. Good ideas require good work to come to completion and good work needs to be documented so that lessons can be shared.

Nominees participate by helpful edits, connecting using Web 2.0, Planeta Wiki or contribute editorial suggestions for at least a year. Bonus points are given to those who participate on other websites and forums. This is part of Planeta.com's desire to create incentives for communication, collaboration and continuity, all vital elements in the development of responsible travel and ecotourism.

WINNER

Marlene Ehrenberg was selected because of 30+ year career as a tourism designer linking environmental and cultural issues. Today, she speaks at universities and tourism conferences and is developing Mariposa del Agua, a water-savings program for hotels.

Ehrenberg was one of the original co-founders of Amtave, Mexico's national association for ecotourism and adventure travel.

"By recognizing the vision and the achievements of ecotourism pioneers, the Colibri Award pays an overdue homage to those whose work celebrates the intersection of conservation ethics and responsible tourism," said Mader.

"Marlene Ehrenberg's in-depth perspective in tourism elevates her profession to a true knowledge learning experience," said Canyon Travel President Emilio Kifuri. "It was her professionalism that helped influence the Mexico Government to recognize ecotourism as an evolutional development in tourism worth pursuing. Marlene's knowledgable work and dedicated persistance is admirable and we congratulate her for being selected as the recepient of the 2002 Colibri Award."

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