Dominica has once again made it on the list of the top ten ethical travel destinations in the world.
The list for 2015 was recently released by the California-based nonprofit organization, Ethical Traveler.
Every year the organization issues a report on the most-ethical travel destinations on the planet to educate people about the social and environmental impact of their decisions. It also shows that travel can be a potent form of diplomacy.
Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean to make it to the top ten list.
The island received high rating for “a clean energy initiative and concern for wildlife, including continued resistance to commercial whaling.”
According to the report, small island states, like Dominica, are affected dramatically by climate change and “so they tend to be aware of the importance of effective environmental policies.”
To compile its reports Ethical Traveler gets its information from sources including Freedom House, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Reporters Without Borders, UNICEF, LGBT resources and the World Bank, and focuses on four categories: environmental protection, social welfare, human rights and animal welfare.
“For each of these categories we look at information past and present so that we understand not only the current state of a country, but how it has changed over time,” the organization said. “This helps us select nations that are actively improving the state of their people, government and environment. After identifying about two dozen ‘short list’ performers, we turn to detailed case research, focusing on actions these governments have taken over the year to improve (or in some cases, weaken) practices and circumstances in the countries.”
According to Ethical Traverl each destination must have something to offer tourists including incredible natural beauty, great outdoor activities and meaninful interactions with local people and cultures.
Dominica made the list in 2010 and 2014.
The top 10 ethical destination for 2015 are:
1. Cape Verde