Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What is eco-tourism ?


Ecotourism is not that easy to define. It actually covers a multitude of concept, from protecting the environment when traveling to caring more about local population .... we have found this interesting defintion from the TIES group:

"Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

In fact, Ecotourism is about connecting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in responsible tourism 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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