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ANNOUNCEMENT

Nominations are open until the end of November for the 2010 Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award

The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award is a collaborative effort between Planeta.com <http://www.planeta.com> and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) <http://www.cbd.int> with the support of the Heidehof Foundation to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way.

The award is presented to indigenous tourism operations for their websites that promotes sustainable practices and educates visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation.

Timeline

November 30, 2009 – Nominations close

December 2009 – Confirmation of eligible candidates

January/February 2010 – Online voting

April 2010 – Winners of popular and jury award are invited to a face-to-face web-based marketing workshop at the Reisepavillon in Berlin, Germany.

Eligibility and Criteria

Tourism services owned and operated by indigenous people and communities are eligible for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. We prefer to receive applications from operations in business for at least three full years.

The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award creates an opportunity for indigenous people and communities to improve their websites. Among the criteria for selection, the website should …
* be regularly updated
* link to other relevant sites
* reflect indigenous ownership, authenticity and heritage
* encourage sustainable livelihoods, respect of life on earth
* be user-friendly
* be trustworthy
* provide clear contextual information
* have text in English
* add the award logo

Bonus points to applicants making the most of Web 2.0 channels!

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