The aim of our Ecotourism Resource Centre is to act as an informative guide for users about the concept of Ecotourism. In addition, useful resources have been provided to further increase understanding & provide guidance for ecotravel.
As there is no established definition of Ecotourism, we have produced our own, which we feel encompasses the principles of ecotourism.
What is eco tourism?
“Ecotourism involves visiting natural areas with the objectives of learning, studying or participating in activities that do not bring negative effects to the environment; whilst protecting and empowering the local community socially and economically." (Cristina, 2004)
See other Ecotourism definitions
So how does Ecotourism benefit the environment, local community and economy?
By encouraging travellers to behave in an environmentally responsible way. EcoTour operators offer relevant information and advice on how travellers can minimise their impact on the ecosystem as well as how they can contribute to the protection of fragile ecosystems.
By offering travellers the opportunity to participate in conservation or preservation projects. An important element of this type of project is education. The goal is that through participation, eco travellers will return home with increased awareness and concern for environmental issues and therefore continue to behave in an environmentally conscious way.
By involving the local community in aspects of planning, decision-making and management of ecotourism. This encourages the empowerment of individuals.
By educating travellers through leaflets, interpretation and advice from Tour operators or guides about the culture, customs and etiquette of locals. This prevents conflict or offence between local and traveller interactions that may be caused through misunderstanding or ignorance.
By employing local people whenever possible and paying fair wages. This prevents exploitation and benefits the local economy by preventing leakages of the revenue acquired through tourism.
Many Ecotour operators are involved in working on initiatives and projects with the local community such as training and education programmes.
Have you written a report or article focussing on the issues of Ecotourism? Would you like to share your writing with us? Please submit any essays, reports or articles relating to ecotourism and we will display them on our site (giving you the full credit and links to your organisation\business).
We are always looking for great articles that would be of interest to our visitors.
It could be a report on a specific location, an essay you've written or an article that talks about issues relating to eco travel.