Winners Announced: Geotourism Challenge 2010
Ashoka Changemakers recently announced the winners of the third annual Geotourism Challenge. In this year’s competition, “Places on the Edge: Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations,” Ashoka partnered with National Geographic and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to identify tourism-related projects that have made impressive strides in protecting the cultural and ecological integrity of coastal, waterway, and island destinations.
The competition drew 250 entries from 54 countries. A panel of experts in sustainable tourism-related fields narrowed down the pool to 12 finalists that demonstrated exceptional innovation, social impact, and sustainability. Public voting selected the three winners, who will each receive a $5,000 prize. They are:
Watch Fiji reef restoration in action in the BBC-produced video after the jump.
- Nat Geo Expeditions
Video: Coral Gardening from Jonathan Clay on Vimeo.
Photo: Jim Patterson/My Shot
Learn more about geotourism from the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations