COBATI (Community-Based Tourism Initiative), working with women of the Nubian minority, has arranged for their traditional handwoven bags to be sold by a supermarket chain in Kampala. Results: craftswomen are assured of a steady market, the supermarket chain will offer environmentally friendly baskets, and COBATI plans to expans sales country-wide. The organization had already received a World Bank prize in 2000 for Village and Homestead Tourism.
Full text by Maria Baryamujura in ODE Magazine 15 Oct 07. See her other writings, her COBATI organization and its original plan for Village and Homestead eco-tourism, which won a World Bank Development Marketplace prize.
For more detailed discussions of green capitalism and ecotourism see
- Wikipedia on eco-tourism, natural capitalism, The Natural Step and greenwash
- Worldchanging.com a publicizer of "bright green" ideas
- Tourism Concern UK and its ethical tourism links
- Corpwatch warnings about greenwash, its critique of the UN's Global Compact and its Dec 2007 report on the current greenwash boom.
- Delicious tags gcap and carbonTrading in the righthand column of this blog