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Conversations With Eco-Innovators: Ecotourism From The Ground Up
Ecotourism – wikipedia
ecotourism History
Eco-tourism project inaugurated in Patna
Australia’s Ecotourism Dilemma: Can You Promote and Protect?

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Conversations With Eco-Innovators: Ecotourism From The Ground Up

The travel industry is a potent force in economic development, an economic driver behind managing the development of the urban creative economies, and a pivotal source of exchange (foreign or local) for developing countries, particularly those seeking alternatives to extractive industries that have devastated biodiverse landscapes. Ms. Epler Wood discusses how to harvest sustainably-managed tourism as a fundamental resource to build creative economies, preserve invaluable environmental and cultural assets, and diversify options for rural and urban peoples moving into a sustainable 21st century. This lecture will spell out how the discipline of ecotourism and sustainable tourism can be implemented for the most reliable results in the next century.

Ecotourism – wikipedia

Ecotourism is a form of tourism visiting fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas, intended as a low impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the Ecotourism traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention.[1] Several university programs use this description as the working definition of ecotourism.

Generally, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, or “voluntourism”, personal growth and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. One of the goals of ecotourism is to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.

Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities.[3] For these reasons, ecotourism often appeals to environmental and social responsibility advocates.

ecotourism History

Hector Ceballos-Lascurain popularized (and he would say coined) the term ‘ecotourism’ in July 1983, when he was performing the dual role of Director General of Standards and Technology of SEDUE (the Mexican Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology) and founding president of PRONATURA (an influential Mexican conservationist NGO). PRONATURA was lobbying for the conservation of the wetlands in northern Yucatán as breeding and feeding habitats of the American Flamingo.

ecotourism HistoryOthers claim the term was in use earlier: Claus-Dieter (Nick) Hetzer, an academic and adventurer from Forum International in Berkeley, CA, coined the term in 1965 and ran the first ecotours in the Yucatán during the early 1970s.

Ecotourism, responsible tourism, jungle tourism, and sustainable development have become prevalent concepts since the mid 1980s, and ecotourism has experienced arguably the fastest growth of all sub-sectors in the tourism industry. The popularity represents a change in tourist perceptions, increased environmental awareness, and a desire to explore natural environments.

At times, such changes become as much a statement affirming one’s social identity, educational sophistication, and disposable income as it has about preserving the Amazon rainforest or the Caribbean reef for posterity

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Eco-tourism project inaugurated in Patna

Patna, Oct 25 (PTI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi today inaugurated a programme to mark start of the running of a small lightweight vehicle pulled by a horse under an eco-tourism project at Rajdhani Vatika Park here. Speaking on the occasion, Modi said the programme was part of the ongoing state tourism department’s programme for promoting the industry in Bihar. “The state government has decided to develop centres of different historical and cultural importance in the state,” he said. The eco-park would help ease the rush in the prominent Patna Zoo here.

Colombia turns down tourism project linked to president’s kin

The Colombian government on Tuesday blocked the construction of a controversial luxury hotel in the Tayrona Nature Park due to the involvement in the project of two relatives of President Juan Manuel Santos.

“Therefore, the potential ecotourism project in the Tayrona Park is dead,” Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Frank Pearl said in a statement.

Australia’s Ecotourism Dilemma: Can You Promote and Protect?

From floods to cyclones to droughts and nearby earthquakes, Australia is struggling to promote and protect its natural resources.Virtuous Traveler Leslie Garrett asks if Down Under can get on top of its environmental challenges to become an ecotourism hotspot.

Ask a traveler about visits to a rainforest and you’ll likely hear about treks through the Amazon or zip-lining in Costa Rica. Yet tucked Down Under, on less than 0.2 percent of the continent’s land mass is the oldest rainforest in the world – more than 135 million years old – and home to the largest range of plants and animals on earth, including some that exist nowhere else.

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