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AC Citizens for Sustainable Development Website #327620
03/10/09 04:42 PM
03/10/09 04:42 PM
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Just got this in my mailbox... New website for the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development.

Originally Posted by ACCSD
Dear Members,
Here is the address for our website
This website will evolve as our organization does. We have almost
unlimited pages so if there is some information you would like to see
or that you have that you want us to post please let us know.
Best regards

Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development.
Embracing development that "meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own

Live and let live
Re: AC Citizens for Sustainable Development Website [Re: Short] #327622
03/10/09 04:50 PM
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...not only an issue in Belize.

Originally Posted by Destination Travel News
Tourism Concern call for end to mega-resorts
Monday, March 09 2009 @ 11:12 AM GMT

Mega-resorts are destroying communities and are environmentally unsustainable and lead to widespread alienation and displacement of people from their land, according to a new report from lobby group Tourism Concern .

Poor communities in developing countries, which depend heavily upon their natural resources for their livelihoods, are the hardest hit.

Huge tracts of public and privately owned land are being ‘grabbed’ and sold off to real estate developers by governments keen to expand tourism in pursuit of economic growth. In reality, little of the profit from internationally managed resorts stays in the local economy.

The trickle down of tourism revenue to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods is minimal, particularly in the face of rising living costs associated with an influx of tourists and owners of expensive second homes. Cheap migrant labour is often drafted in from abroad to work on the developments, while opportunities for employment in the exclusive five-star resorts are limited to the most menial, poorly paid roles.

Tourism Concern has joined with campaigning groups from all over the world to call for a moratorium on the construction of mega-resorts and in support the “Declaration of Belém”. Issued at the World Social Forum in Belém do Pará, Brazil, the Declaration presents an alternative vision of the future of global tourism, and urges for more just and sustainable practices on the part of industry and governments.

Patricia Barnett, Director of Tourism Concern, says: “The development of mega-resorts and all the social and environmental problems that go with them is an issue facing communities from Scotland to Bulgaria, from Spain to the Bahamas, India to Thailand. Tourism has to be developed in a more sustainable, transparent and democratic way. That means listening to the needs of local people and the environment, and demands an abandonment of the ‘economic growth at all costs’ attitude that is seeing communities dispossessed of their homes and their means of earning a living the world over”.

Tourism Concern says despite fierce public opposition, the development of the sprawling Bimini Bay Resort on the tiny island of North Bimini in the Bahamas has caused irreparable damage to the marine ecosystem, which local people depend upon for their livelihoods.

It also points to the West Indian island of Grenada, where the government has sold off state land for a luxury development spanning 400 acres and including 170 private villas, a private island, a golf course and marina. The resort will also incorporate part of the Mount Hartman National Park, despite it being a protected area and the last remaining habitat of the rare Grenada dove. Local people are angry about the lack of public consultation and say that no compensation has been paid to the rightful owners of the land.

“The needs and rights of local communities are being pitched directly against those of mega-resorts, with the resorts winning out almost every time. Golf courses, landscaped gardens, swimming pools and showers all consume vast quantities of water, much more than the local communities, who often have to walk a considerable distance to fetch water that is barely drinkable”, says Barnett.

The group attacks governments and developers that espouse “responsible tourism” policies, covering issues such as sustainability, community participation and damage to the environment. However, all too often this amounts to little more than a marketing tool to win popular support and attract tourists.

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Re: AC Citizens for Sustainable Development Website [Re: Short] #327695
03/11/09 07:57 AM
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thanks for posting this, short.

i don't know if anyone is listening, but i am grateful that someone is speaking up for planned & sustainable development.

i wish the ACCSD luck in their efforts.

Re: AC Citizens for Sustainable Development Website [Re: sweetjane] #327753
03/11/09 11:38 AM
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Take only pictures leave only bubbles
Re: AC Citizens for Sustainable Development Website [Re: ScubaLdy] #327755
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Too bad you didn't notify San Pedro Daily

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