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Panamanian Jungle

It’s 10 am on a Tuesday in the Tres Brazos jungle, a jagged two-hour trek outside Panama City, where a handful of American twentysomethings have been awake and working since sunrise.

Aaron Prairie leads a group of biology students on a nature hike, using a machete to hack his way through an overgrown trail. Max Cooper cuts long strips of plywood with an electric saw powered by a solar generator, the beginnings of an open-air thatch hut he’ll eventually build by hand.

Jake Cardoza is on his hands and knees in the adjacent permaculture farm, planting a baby banana tree. A few yards away in the kitchen, also fashioned as an open-air thatch hut, Brigitte Desvaux chops onions. Later, she’ll saute them for dinner along with with fresh katuk, a tropical green with a nutty taste, harvested from the farm that morning. By Carly Schwartz. Read more.

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September 18 2015 – MEXICO CITY — The day-trippers swarmed onto the beach to watch one of nature’s most extraordinary sights, hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles crawling out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand.

The turtles did not want the company. ELISABETH MALKIN and PAULINA VILLEGAS Read more.

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You can’t get to Laguna Lodge by road. Once there, your towels will only be cleaned every three days. And despite 95% of its guests being omnivores, Laguna doesn’t serve any meat or fish. It’s all part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It also protects the Laguna Nature Reserve, with proceeds from admissions funding trails, limiting invasive species and protecting flora and fauna. And 100% of their staff is indigenous Mayan, of which 50% are women. Guests may not get to eat meat during their stay, but they will certainly go home with plenty of food for thought.

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Red Sustainable Travel

Categories: Americas, Central, Community, Fauna, Human Capital Development, People and Places, Planet
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At Magdalena Bay in Mexico’s Baja California, an innovative tourism start up called Red Sustainable Travel is using responsible adventure tourism to persuade fishermen to change from practices that are killing sea turtles, and seek alternative livelihoods in ecotourism instead. Some 185 local people have been trained in the principles of sustainability and business management and US$120,000 has been generated in community salaries from employment in sustainable tourism. It’s still early days for the company, but for the turtles of Magdalena Bay, it’s already a case of better Red than dead.

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This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on Mexico’s Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, which is part of a cluster of five luxurious properties owned by Palladium Hotels & Resorts. After two years of successful benchmarking, the resort underwent Certification services and achieved EarthCheck Certified Silver status in 2010.

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Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, Mexico

 

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Centro Banamex (Banamex), which is Mexico City’s premier entertainment and exhibition centres, has established itself as one of Mexico’s most environmentally sustainable enterprises and as such, it actively encourages partners, suppliers, clients and visitors to participate in eco-friendly, socially responsible practices.

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This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on Mexico’s Bahías de Huatulco, which is the first sustainable community in the Americas, and the third worldwide to be recognised by EarthCheck.

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Bahías de Huatulco, Mexico

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Bahias de Huatulco – or Huatulco Bays – is Mexico’s southernmost beachside destination. It is also the first sustainable community in the Americas, and the third worldwide to be recognised by EarthCheck.    This commitment to leadership is clearly articulated in Huatulco’s Sustainability Policy and practically demonstrated by the establishment of their Green Team.

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America’s First Sustainable Community: Bahias de Huatulco

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