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Jorge Chávez de la Peña Wins 2004 Colibri Ecotourism Award

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Publication Date: June 2004

Jorge Chavez de la PeČa

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MEXICO CITY -- As part of Planeta.com's celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presents the fourth annual Colibri Ecotourism Award to Mexican ecotourism pioneer Jorge Chávez de la Peña, who developed Mexico's first university-level ecotourism program.

A Planeta.com writer and frequent contributor to the Mexico Ecotourism Network, Jorge 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.

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 Awards.

Ecotourism depends on the leadership of individuals who are bold enough to bridge the traditional divisions between tourism and the environment.

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

Jorge Chàvez de la Peña developed Mexico's first ecotourism curriculum and university diploma program for the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, where he worked for 22 years. He also worked for Mexico's tourism secretariat (SECTUR) as General Director of Education and more recently he has worked independently as a consultant on sustainable development and tourism.

"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.

Jorge's long-anticipated book Ecotourism TAP: Methodology for Planned Environmental Tourism (Ecoturismo TAP: Metodologìa para Turismo Ambientalmente Planificado) was published by Editorial Trillas. And in 2008 a new book, Diversidad cultural y ecoturismo, will be published.

Jorge has been working with communities developing rural tourism and ecotourism in the state of Puebla. In 2007 he spent time with an ecotourism project at Villa de Tamazulápam in the Mixteca Alta Oaxaqueña.


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REFERENCES

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Colibri Ecotourism Award
Short history of the Colibri Ecotourism Award
Reflections on Awards
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