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Responsible Tourism - Cambodia

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 November 2011

John McCarthy looks at responsible tourism with journalist Catherine Mack who warns that our water footprint can be as significant as our carbon footprint as ground water is depleted to satisfy holiday activities from swimming pools to ski slopes. John also hears about responsible tourism in Cambodia from author Sue Guiney who returns there to run writing workshops and marine protection leader Pete Raines and citizen scientist Kirsty Brown who are helping map and preserve coral reefs.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Catherine Mack

    is the Ethical Traveller columnist for The Irish Times and author of Ecoescape: Ireland. She is the author of the Ireland Green Travel app and is also writes for The Green Parent Magazine. She is the winner of the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2011 ‘Best in Responsible Tourism Writing’ category for her article ‘Tourism must tap into the water issue’.

    Ecoescape: Ireland: Slow Travel, Green Places to Stay, Local Food and Drink, Eco Days Out
    Catherine Mack (Author), Laura Burgess (Editor)
    Publisher: Markham Publishing
    ISBN-10: 1905731299
    ISBN-13: 978-1905731299

    Find out more about Catherine Mack
  • Sue Guiney

    is an author and the Writer in Residence the School of Oriental and African Studies. She was born and brought up in New York, and moved to London in 1990. She has published two novels and two volumes of collected poetry. She has been going to Cambodia to run a writing workshop in Anjali House an educational shelter in Siem Reap.

    A Clash of Innocents
    Publisher: Ward Wood Publishing
    ISBN-10: 0956660207
    ISBN-13: 978-0956660206

    Find out more about Sue Guiney
  • Pete Raines MBE

    is a marine biologist and the founder of Coral Cay Conservation, a not-for-profit organisation which recruits volunteers to gather data on coral reefs for marine preservation. Pete has authored and co-authored over 300 scientific reports and publications, and has won numerous international awards and citations for his work in conservation. In 2004, Pete was awarded the MBE for his services to the protection of biodiversity. Coral Cay Conservation, Cambodia was nominated for the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award 2011, and Highly Commended in the ‘Best in a Marine Environment’ category.

    Find out more about Pete Raines MBE
  • Kirsty Brown

    is from Winchester and is a first year geography student at Bristol University. She volunteered with Coral Cay on her gap year last year in Cambodia for 5 weeks in April and in the Philippines for 5 weeks in June.



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