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Hector Ceballos-Lascurain Wins 2004 Colibri Ecotourism Lifetime Achievement Award

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Publication Date: June 2004


Hector Ceballos-Lascurain

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MEXICO CITY -- As part of Planeta.com's celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presents the first Colibri Lifetime Achievement Award is Hector Ceballos-Lascurain, who coined the word ecotourism in 1983 and has been an indefatigable proponent of environmentally sound tourism.

Hector receives the Colibri ('Hummingbird') Lifetime Achievement Award, which includes a trophy and a prize given 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 and 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.

WINNER

Hector Ceballos-Lascurain has carried out work in practically every field of ecotourism in 72 countries around the world, including the design and building of ecolodges and other environmentally-friendly facilities in a dozen countries.

"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.

In 2004 Hector worked in ecotourism and ecolodge development in Quintana Roo and Veracruz, Mexico as well as in Egypt, the Canary Islands (Spain), and the Dominican Republic. He also conducted courses on ecolodges in Mexico, Brazil and Peru.

This year he is designing an exclusive eco-retreat in a pristine forest and coastal area of the Dominican Republic. The retreat will offer ecotherapy, a technique of healing through contact with undisturbed nature. It is being developed in several prestigious institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic and Salk Institute. The design includes three different ecolodges and a total of 60 cabins incorporating local building materials, organic architectural forms and alternative energy sources (photovoltaic systems, solar energy water heating, ecological waste treatment through artificial wetland systems and anaerobic bioseptic tanks).

In Mexico's Quintana Roo, Hector is developing three ecotourism master plans in the southern region of the Yucatan peninsula, with emphasis on local community involvement and environmentally-friendly coastal and marine development in the Chetumal Bay Manatee Reserve.

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.


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Colibri Ecotourism Award
Short history of the Colibri Ecotourism Award
Reflections on Awards
World Environment Day
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