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An Ethical view of Dominica from Zandoli Inn

Editor’s Note: This post was orginally Published in the Discover Dominca Newsletter (Feb 2012).

For the second year in a row, Dominica was recognized as one of the World’s Best Ethical Destinations.

The nonprofit organization, Ethical Traveler, recognizes countries committed to conserving their natural treasures while building economies that sustain and empower local communities.

“We are extremely serious about maintaining our commitment to being an ethical destination and upholding our reputation for being the Nature Island,” explained Colin Piper, director of tourism for Dominica. “We understand that many of our visitors come to the island because of our unspoiled natural beauty, cultural preservation and adrenaline-pumping adventure activities, all of which must be preserved through sustainable measures.”

The Ethical Destinations list is compiled by benchmarking developing countries in the areas of environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights. The entire report:The World’s Best Ethical Destinations – 2012.

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Dominica was featured on PBS programme Growing a Greener World earlier this month. The show was filmed in May 2011 as part of activities for Tourism Awareness Month.

The episode features organic farming, turtle watching, natural sites and attractions and hiking.

Celebrity Chef Nathan Lyon also visits the Roseau Market to purchase local herbs and fish to prepare grilled mahi mahi with ginger mango salsa.

The show can be viewed online by visiting growingagreenerworld.com/episode211/ or by clicking on the image below.

This episode marks the first time that Growing a Greener World was shot on location out of the US. The show focuses on gardening and sustainable living and healthy cooking.

PBS programme Growing a Greener World in Dominica

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Image of Morne Trois Piton

Dominica will the join the rest of the world in observing International Mountain Day, on Saturday, December 11, 2010.

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

Our indigenous people, The Kalinago, named the island Waitukubuli, meaning “tall is her body”. Dominica’s mountains soar to nearly 5,000 feet, their slopes thickly forested and beautifully crowned with rain forest and elfin woodland.

Our volcanic mountains have enabled us to offer very valuable products which help boost our tourism industry. Our bubbling hot springs which have given rise to numerous Sulphur Spring Baths in the calm surroundings of the rainforest, offer relaxing and therapeutic experiences. We also boast of the second largest boiling lake in the world, as well as cool rivers and spectacular waterfalls.

This year the day is celebrated under the theme ‘Mountain Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’. It aims to raise awareness about indigenous peoples and minorities who live in mountain environments and the relevance of their cultural heritage, traditions and customs.

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