|Eco Aruba Magazine and EcoAruba.com|
HISTORY OF ECO ARUBA MAGAZINE
|In February 1995 a magazine appeared on the market in Aruba, which created a stir.|
It was called Eco Aruba, published by Terra Publishing Aruba, and created by a dynamic duo, published in English and Papiamento, freely distributed and set up as a clearing-house of information, news and commentary on tourism and the environment, by providing practical solutions for the benefit of the tourism industry and the general public.
Eco Aruba was born out of the fledgling environmental movement in Aruba and intended to reconcile two factions traditionally battling each other, being private enterprise and the green movement.
During its relatively brief existence as a commercial publication, it made quite an impact, and was the first publication to have its own booth in 1995 at the ATEX Tourism Expo, hosted each year in Aruba.
More than anything else it opened the eyes of many to the unknown issues of ecology, conservation, the concept of sustainable development and the need for environmental stewardship in the corporate sector.
The publication also produced Aruba's first publication on the internet. Proof of this is found at the site of the late Gregg Stephan, the original designer of Eco Aruba Online at http://www.nebuladigital.com.
The original publication published by Terra Publishing Aruba folded after five issues, because of two principal reasons, being the high cost of production, and the high cost of printing as a commercial niche market publication.
Rainbow Warriors International, in its efforts to step up the discussion on sustainable development in Aruba, re-energize and reinvent the participation of all sectors of the Aruban community in issues related to this subject, has taken over the publication Eco Aruba and its companion web site EcoAruba.com, and converted both into not-for-profit information media.
MAGAZINE MISSION STATEMENT AND IDEOLOGY
|Eco Aruba, published in both English and Papiamento, focusing on sustainable development, nature conservation, ecology, cultural and historical heritage, social issues and natural health, is based on the principles of sustainable development as defined by the United Nations and its constituent bodies.|
Eco Aruba serves as the not-for-profit clearinghouse of information, community awareness and community education programs of Rainbow Warriors International for Aruba
This means it is produced without a regular full salary paid staff, utilizing the newest digital web and print publishing technologies, because like faith based organizations, we believe in making a difference and serving our fellow men by publishing Eco Aruba Magazine.
What is left in revenues after subtracting the costs of production is allocated for a full 100% to financing the Aruban community education and awareness programs of Rainbow Warriors International.
No other publication in Aruba can make the same claim in its commitment to the local community!
|EcoAruba.com is a multilingual site, focusing on sustainable development, nature conservation, ecology, cultural and historical heritage, social issues and natural health and medicine in Aruba, and is based on the principles of sustainable development as defined by the United Nations and its constituent bodies.|
EcoAruba.com serves as the online clearinghouse of information, community awareness and community education programs of Rainbow Warriors International for Aruba.
|EcoAruba.com is the companion web site of Eco Aruba™ Magazine, a not-for-profit magazine published by Rainbow Warriors International in English and Papiamento.|
This web site is unusual in its setup and is a departure from the regular format used by other international organizations.
To start with this is local web site which is also available in seven other languages, because at Rainbow Warriors International we believe in breaking language barriers.
All other planned local or national web sites of Rainbow Warriors International will be formated the same way, thus giving more content to the international environmental slogan "Think Global, Act Local".
Partnerships for sustainable development -- voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at implementing sustainable development -- were an important complementary outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg in 2002. At its 11th Session in May 2003, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) reaffirmed that these partnerships contribute to the implementation of intergovernmental commitments, recognizing that partnerships are a complement to, not a substitute for, intergovernmental commitments.
|Voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives contribute to the implementation of Agenda 21, Rio+5 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI).|
It is this concept of partnerships and the original idea of reconciling the green movement with the corporate sector that embodies the vision behind Eco Aruba Magazine and its companion web site EcoAruba.com.