Geotourism Challenge 2010: Places on the Edge:
Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations
Ashoka's Changemakers, National Geographic, and the Inter-American Development Bank
Due: December 1, 2010
Ashoka's Changemakers, National Geographic, and the Inter-American Development Bank are hosting the Geotourism
Challenge 2010: Places on the Edge: Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations competition to find innovative solutions
for coastal, waterway, and island destinations that protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods
of local residents. The Places on the Edge competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations
(charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities). The competition seeks submissions describing sustainable
models that enhance the unique character and beauty of oceans, rivers, bays, lakes, estuaries, and waterways,
and the culture and heritage of their inhabitants.
Entries should describe innovative ideas that engage and educate tourists and local residents; prevent or curb pollution
and waste; protect wildlife, coral reefs, and fisheries; and promote construction of innovative sustainable structures
that withstand natural disasters like hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Innovations may include creative
applications of technology, cultural and business practices, science, policies, and social organization.
To be eligible for awards, entries must indicate growth beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated impact
and sustainability. While the competition's sponsors support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the
judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact.
The top three entries will win $5,000 each.
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