Latin American Nations Make “Ethical Traveler” Top 10

Latin American Nations Make “Ethical Traveler” Top 10

January 25, 2010

The Ethical Traveler announced their 2010 Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations report, and four Latin American nations were on the list.

The Latin American honorees are, in alphabetical order, Argentina, Belize, Chile, and Suriname.

Argentina was praised for “a commitment…. towards zero net deforestation, including responsible land management plans and conservation efforts for more than a million hectares of the Atlantic Forest.”   Argentina is also a world leader in setting voluntary greenhouse gas targets.

Belize was a leader in many categories, including top ranking for human rights, as well as outstanding commitment to ecological preservation. (The report did note that homosexuality remains a crime in Belize, but the law does not seem to be enforced).

Chile won praise for environmental commitment, as well as ranking high in civil liberties for it’s citizens.

Suriname made the list due to “its unspoiled rainforest biodiversity and sincere efforts towards ecotourism and environmental preservation.”

The Ethical Traveler is a project of Earth Island Institute.  The annual list seeks to honor nations which are serious about preserving their natural assets, promoting mindful travel, and building an economy in which local communities reap the benefits of tourist revenue.   This list is compiled based on environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights.

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