Ecotourism

Ecotourism is the responsible travel to an area of natural or ecological interest, usually unspoiled by humans. Ecotourism actively helps to conserve the environment, profits from ecotourists are used towards the conservation efforts of the location.

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What are some problems with so-called ecotourism?

Badly managed Eco-tourism

If the site is badly managed there can be problems of * overcrowding constructions

* pollution of the habitat * unlimited numbers of tourists

* The site becoming a "honey pot" area. The site becomes over-visited.

* Traffic congestion * Erosion where cars park illegally

* Footpath erosion, soil loss * Tourists don't understand or care what eco-tourism really is

* Criticism as "greenwashing" where the environment is used as a bait to attract tourists * Examples include establishing a huge energy intensive hotel in a splendid jungle setting with no understanding of sustainable development or the correct provision for the disposal of waste and sewage etc. * Examples include establishing a tourist resort which displaces the local people and illegally keeps endangered animals in cages to attract visitors (Nature's Sacred Paradise).

If the site is correctly managed, many of the disadvantages will not appear.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of ecotourism?

Eco-tourism is, Tourism involving travel to areas of natural or ecological interest, typically under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment. Well established Eco-tourism * has minimal impact on the environment * builds awareness and respect for the local culture and environment * offers positive experiences for all * employs and benefits local people * educates visitors by an on-site visit about the local political, social and environmental issues.

* Money from the tourists go back into the conservation of the area.

* A wildlife habitat, for example, is protected

* Visitors carry new ideas back to influence their own environment Badly managed Eco-tourism

If the site is badly managed there can be problems of * overcrowding constructions

* pollution of the habitat * unlimited numbers of tourists

* The site becoming a "honey pot" area. The site becomes over-visited.

* Traffic congestion * Erosion where cars park illegally

* Footpath erosion, soil loss * Tourists don't understand or care what eco-tourism really is

* Criticism as "greenwashing" where the environment is used as a bait to attract tourists * Examples include establishing a huge energy intensive hotel in a splendid jungle setting with no understanding of sustainable development or the correct provision for the disposal of waste and sewage etc. * Examples include establishing a tourist resort which displaces the local people and illegally keeps endangered animals in cages to attract visitors (Nature's Sacred Paradise).

If the site is correctly managed, many of the disadvantages will not appear. One "promise" of eco-tourism is it increases the monetary value of standing (vs. logged, degraded, extinct) biological systems and thereby hopefully encourages the preservation of biological diversity. The problem is that some kinds of "eco-tourism" do not contribute much to the local economy, meaning that they can enrich a few people while leaving others left out of the loop. In this case, for those left out, there is still little incentive to engage in conservation. So the fulfillment of the promise depends on the details of how an eco-tourism business is established -- whether it's community-owned or owned by just a few individuals. Another "promise" of eco-tourism is that it is supposed to bring people closer to nature and thus instill a greater desire to protect it. It is very difficult to define eco-tourism, however, so not all "eco-tourist" activities do this equally well. For example, is off-roading eco-tourism? Is swimming with captive dolphins in an artificial lagoon eco-tourism? Is trekking through a rainforest in a small group eco-tourism? They may all be, but they probably impart different impressions of nature and the desire to preserve it. But what can we do about this? A:

Ever heard of the term greenwash? It's the dissemination of misleading information by an organization to conceal its abuse of the environment in order to present a positive public image, a term that is used to describe the actions of a company, government, or other organization which advertises positive environmental practices while acting in the opposite way. They destroy forestland to build a hotel in middle of a jungle and say"ecotourism". You should know what true ecotourism is. In the name of ecotourism most governments give us a greenwash.

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What are the pros and cons of ecotourism?

* Money from the tourists go back into the conservation of the area.

* A wildlife habitat, for example, is protected

* Visitors are educated by an on-site visit * Visitors carry new ideas back to influence their own environment

If the site is badly managed there can be problems of * overcrowding constructions

* pollution of the habitat * unlimited numbers of tourists

* The site becoming a "honey pot" area. The site becomes over-visited.

* Traffic congestion * Erosion where cars park illegally

* Footpath erosion, soil loss If the site is correctly managed, many of the disadvantages will not appear.

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Problems with so-called 'ecotourism'?

Ecotourism can create things like pollution, traffic, e.t.c

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What can you do about ecotourism becoming the fastest growing sub sector of the tourism isdustry?

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What are the benefits of promoting ecotourism in Spain?

In order to answer this question, first we must look at the tourist situation as it has developed in the recent past. Spain is the second most popular tourist destination in the world and last year (2007) it received 59.2 million visitors. (Spain ministry of tourism figures). A huge proportion of the economy of Spain is based upon tourism and generally this has been developed as the "sun sea and sangria holidays" of the Mediterranean Beaches. Golf has also created a huge economy as well. This type of unsustainable tourism development with uncontrolled hotel building and golf course construction has resulted in the destruction of hundreds of miles of pristine coastline habitat and sea pollution. The golf courses are built upon virgin Mediterranean countryside and have in many cases been responsible for sucking the water courses and aquifers to a critical point causing localised water shortages and even desertification. Non endemic plants and animals brought into these urbanised areas have escaped into the wild and are also causing habitat damage in many areas. This huge list of habitat destruction is too numerous to mention in this brief answer but suffice it to say that the tourism industry in Spain as it stands today is an unsustainable environmental catastrophe aimed at cheap sunshine holidays and get rich quick attitudes. However, the current positive development of nature and eco tourism in Spain is gaining much ground. Illegal buildings are being demolished and new unsustainable projects are being shelved. Finally Spain is taking a step in the right direction to protect its natural beauty and future as the leader in European eco tourism. This is because the interior of Spain is a valuable environmental jewel of Europe containing an incredibly diverse array of ecosystems and wildlife. Endemic plants and rare birds and mammals are resident in this hotspot of south Western Europe and by promoting this aspect of Spain large areas of land can be better protected and funded by the revenue produced by nature tourism. (See the discussion forum of Iberian nature www.iberianatureforum.com for up to date information on the protection of the nature of Iberia). Diminishing rural communities have been in a process of abandonment over the last 30 years or so with the working population moving to the coastal areas for better paid work in the unsustainable coastal tourism industry. These abandoned country areas are now being revitalised as people realise that their own home area of outstanding natural beauty also has a financial value and that a better, more fulfilling way of life is achievable. Service industries are quickly created in these areas such as small eco friendly hotels and guest houses with walking guides and various nature holiday enterprises. This makes a difference to the economy of these areas and people very soon discover many benefits to this more sustainable way of life (See www.wildsideholidays.com for many examples of rural and nature tourism in Spain). People start to return from the heavily built up areas to the towns and villages of their births and can now find work and live a more satisfied life amongst a more caring community. Wildlife in all areas benefit from this better understanding of the environment and local schools become active in the protection of localised eco systems educating the future generation on the importance of protecting any natural asset. As Spain is one of the most important sites for the huge North South migration of bird life the development of an environmentally aware tourism system also has a knock on effect to those migrating birds that breed across the whole of Northern Europe.

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Why did ecotourism become more popular?

In recent years, ecotourism has become more and more popular because people have begun to realize the importance of preserving the environment. More and more people are aware and scared of what might happen when the earth's natural resources run out or run low. With knowledge, people are more curious about exploring natural environment and doing good deeds at the same time.

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How much money is spent on ecotourism each year?

£11154325

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Why might some people practice ecotourism?

people practice ecotorism to attract tourists

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What is the difference between ecotourism and traditional tourism?

Ecotourism is designed to help the visitors to learn more about the natural and cultural environment that they are visiting. Ecotourism also tries to limit the impacts of tourists and tourist facilities on the environment. Traditional tourism is not as focused on these aspects.

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How does ecotourism help the local people?

The local people understand the local ecosystem to the extent that they may have grown up there, learned from each other, and in other ways are extremely knowledgeable about the locale.

When locals are involved in ecotourism, visitors can learn first-hand what the actions are that best maintain the sustainability of the ecosystem. Often this translates to income: visitors pay for learning experiences presented by locals.

Commercial tour leaders and organizers are often most concerned with a 'tour experience standard', which must be unique for every local ecosystem. So they help identify locals who are the most knowledgeable and accessible.

When local people are involved in the management and direction of the increased visitor traffic, they know best how to protect their homelands.

Finally, there are areas in the world where people live in the natural world that are extremely interesting to curious humans. This kind of vacation often appeals to visitors more than a vacation to a predictable resort or amusement park.

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What does ecotourism mean?

Ecotourism is environmentally responsible travel, to places where human interactions can affect natural resources or habitats. It is designed to avoid adverse impact, to enlighten the traveller, and to provide funds and resources for ecological or conservation activities.

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How can stronger emphasis be placed on ecotourism?

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How ecotourism is being vandalized in the Bahamas?

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What is ecotourism?

Ecotourism is tourism which is better for the Environment.

Tourism that encourages environmental awareness and does not harm the rain forest
Ecotourism refers to tourist facilities, attractions etc. that focus on the environment or ecosystem of the region. For example, touring the Amazon Rainforest to better understand that ecosystem.
Tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.

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What are the opportunities and constraints for ecotourism development?

The orppotunities for ecotourism development are: high opportunity for NGO, donors, and international organisation for support; higher availability of information for local tourism entrepreneurs; more benefits to the hosting communities; and long term benefits. The constrain to it are: hosting communities may prioritise their wellfare like hunger and health, which often in short term, and overlook eco-development; fast cash in other economic activities like logging may drive away eco decission; mass tourism; popularity of the destination; lack knowledge on ecotourism; and government and tour operators influences.

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Who coined ecotourism?

Ontario, Canada

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Is Niagara Falls an ecotourism site?

my atlas says yes

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What are advantages of ecotourism?

Educational, money goes to conservation, helps people who have been laid off

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How does ecotourism help the rainforest?

ecause

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What are some problems with so-called ecotourism in travelling?

Charlotte amies

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Is safari in Kenya ecotourism?

paata paata bhuta bhuta hay pyaar hamara Jane do....watch the full song in youtube

by mishka

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What is ecotourism and how can it help the Bahamas?

Ecotourism is when people come to see the natural wonders and beauty of a place and not the man made things. The Bahamas can promote ecotourism by showing the natural things.

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What is the ecotourism of Australia?

Australia has a lot of unique flora fauna and land scape and they promote these things to attract tourists on the constant hunt for tourist dollars.

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Aims and objectives of ecotourism?

  • · Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:
  • · Minimize impact.
  • · Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • · Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • · Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • · Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.
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