Friday, May 13, 2005 at 10:49 AM
The BBC published and interesting article yesterday on Ecotourism in Ecuador which serves as a positive update to a recent article ipinions published on efforts by native Indians of the Amazon Basin to protect and reclaim their lands from crass commercial development.
But the BBC article exposes the inherent conflicts that arise when native Indians throughout the Americas try to harmonize their traditional culture with the ever encroaching trends of economic development in their midst. Nevertheless, ecotourism that is managed by the Indians themselves offers the best hope for preserving ancestral lands and natural wonders whilst giving them the means to provide for their sustainable development. And, clearly this is a more salutary approach than selling their lands and souls to casino developers like so many of their Northern brothers have done.
Click here for more information on how you can contribute to the conservation of the Amazon’s ecosystems and support sustainable development in the native Indian communities of Ecuador.