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Once again, Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts. It’s for these same reasons Dominica is recognized as the 2nd most “Pure Island,” in Islands Magazine’s April/May 2010 issue.

Out of the 10 islands honored for their natural beauty, Dominica was the only Caribbean island that was acknowledged.

Dominica’s rippling waterfalls, freshwater lakes, the world’s second largest boiling lake and thick rain-forests, give reason to why this island is known as “the Nature Island” of the Caribbean.

Islands Magazine ranked the top 10 islands based on the destination’s efforts to preserve culture and ecology with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, national parks, sustainable opportunities for responsible travelers, and from their firsthand knowledge and experiences, along with Sustainable Travel International, local tour operators and Islands readers.

It’s clear that Dominica’s pristine environment continues to shine as “the Nature Island” of the Caribbean.

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The issue of sustainable development has been a troublesome issue in many territories and the Caribbean is no exception; as the pace of development has begun and in some cases has already outstripped the rate at which our valuable and fragile ecosystem can replenish itself.

These days, the scrutiny that is being placed on the global environment is unparalleled. While the consequences of global warming were considered a far off threat, experts are now predicting them to be real and imminent danger.

How can we prepare against forces that are beyond our control? What development policies can we implement at this stage of the game to prevent any further damage to our environment?

The need for the implementation of an effective land use policy, which of course would embrace the various concerns associated with the environment. We can only blame a lack of policy on the trends and now some areas of the island are paying dearly for it.

If we fail to introduce meaningful changes in the way we have gone about building our economies, we risk losing many years of investment in the tourism sector. But alas, are we too late?

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Dominica ecofest 2009

May 1st to May 8th 2009 : International EcoFest, Rosalie, Dominica

The Dominica International Ecofest 2009 celebrates the need for action to preserve our earth, and is aiming to showcase the inspiring environmental awareness here in Dominica.

EcoFest also examines whether or not the progress mankind has made is worthy of celebration.

The International EcoFest to be held at Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge, Dominica, between May 1st and 8th 2009, under the theme ‘A celebration of the world’s progress on saving our beautiful planet.’

The event is being held in collaboration with/the participation of The EcoClub, The International ecotourism Society, The Sustainable Living Initiative Centre, (SLIC) Dominica, Responsible Travel, and Eco-Tropical resorts, the Biogas helpline, as well as the Environmental Coordinating Unit of The Government of Dominica, and others.

Eco-fest 2009 will showcase a wide array of local music, with a different kind of local band playing each day ranging from Calypso, to Jin Ping, to Reggae to Steelpan. The festival will also host a mini Eco conference, covering a wide range of sustainability issues, guest speakers, Eco trade show, and local craft workshop.

One of the main highlights of the festival is a workshop on BioGas – learn how to do it; meet the experts – where the organizers of the ecofest will be installing a Biogas plant on site during the week long event,in collaboration with the BioGas helpline.

For more information about vailable accomodation, special packages, how to participate, trade shows and much more information visit the Rosalieforst Ecofest 2009 Web Page or you can e-mail them at info@rosalieforest.com or visit this Contact Us page for more details.

Get your tickets before March 31st, get 25% discount

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