Voting has begun in the annual National Geographic and Ashoka Changemakers competition Places on the Edge saving coastal and freshwater destinations.

After 250 nominations were submitted from 54 countries, the judges have whittled it down to a final 12. They represent some of the most inspiring projects in the crossover between travel and sustainable development solutions around the world.

By casting your vote you help to identify the worlds best environmental stewards and show your support for the growing sustainable travel movement. From January 19th to February 2nd, 2011, visit http://www.changemakers.com/coasts to know more about the 12 finalists and cast your vote for your three favorite entries. The winners will be announced on February 9th.

At that time we shall also be awarding a membership and mentor package to 3 more of the 250 entrants – those who jumped out at us as living examples of a Much Better Adventure. We have been looking over them recently, and it is not an easy job to narrow down to 3!

Please join us in congratulating the Geotourism finalists 2010:

Aangu’s Community Planning in a Populated Town, Ecuador

Blue Ventures – Empowering Communities for Marine Conservation and Development, United Kingdom

Building the Osa Travellers’ Philanthropy Fund, Costa Rica

Caye Caulker Ocean Academy, Belize

Coral Gardens – Living Reefs, Fiji

Development of Economic Partnerships Between Artisanal Fisher Folk and Tourism Operators, CostaRica

Eco-Culture Experience, Canada

The Environmental Learning, Leadership, Adventure, and Stewardship Initiative, Nicaragua

Local Hotels Saving the Sacred Mayan Underground Rivers, Mexico

Promoting Ecotourism and Sustainable Agriculture in Communities, Nicaragua

TUL Reforestation for Conservation of Lake Atitlan Riviera Ecosystem, Guatemala

World in a Watershed: Ridge to Reef Island Excursions for Small Community Heritage and Food Security, USAAll worthy winners in their own right, but only 3 can take the prizes of 5000 each. Cast your vote now and help the movement grow.