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Tourists Find Ecotourism A Positive Step

Aug 12, 2008
Nature-based tourism, while not a brand new idea, has taken shape under the ecotourism umbrella in the past two decades. This relatively new concept has been one of the most effective methods for raising awareness about resource conservation.

Tourists in growing numbers have taken to the idea when it is presented in a concise manner. In fact, many who were previously uninitiated have found the concept more than interesting. Some have immediately taken to the idea by planning a trip to one of the world's fine ecotourism destinations. In doing so, these new converts are contributing to the long-term conservation of natural resources and unique local cultures. In the process, these treasures are sustained and preserved.

Ecotourism has proven to be an excellent development tool that advances three primary goals set by the Convention on Biological Diversity: conservation of biological diversity by giving strength to protected-area management system; promotion of sustainable use of biodiversity; and sharing benefits of ecotourism equitably among local communities and indigenous populations. The latter goal is accomplished by getting informed consent and enthusiastic participation during the planning and implementation of ecotourism projects.

As with any world-class movement, some problems do arise. While participants try to keep these issues to a minimum, a few have developed to the point that they require immediate attention. Some ecotourism proponents have encountered corrupt government agencies or individuals whose real motives are financial gain. These officials often give lip service to the ideals of ecotourism while, in reality they ignore or even encourage such negative actions as wildlife poaching or illegal timber practices. This action allows continued exploitation of precious natural resources. In addition, some of the negative impact is the result of legal activity under the supervision of honest governments and courts.

Ecotourism, like many movements that work on a global scale, has inherent problems too. The idea and the resulting industry may not be a cure-all for the problems of the past. Irresponsible tourism and pseudo-ecology have caused some difficulties that even a worldwide ecotourism movement cannot remedy. For example, trail erosion caused by the increasing number of travelers remains a problem, in spite of all efforts. Litter and trash continue to spoil the natural beauty of choice destinations, in spite of the best efforts of ecotourism supporters. But, in the larger sense, ecotourism is still a great idea that can have a positive impact on global travel and on sensitive environments. Basically, as long as there are tourists who want to experience new cultures and see natural resources in their unspoiled state, there will be ecotourism. Project developers will continue to provide sustenance, tour guides and lodging for these travelers, and local populations will see economic benefits from presenting and protecting their resources and traditions.

Current issues must continue to be addressed in the proper manner, with conservation and restoration taken seriously by those who choose to be ecotourists. If this becomes a consistent practice, the problems inherent in the industry will be reduced (or at least the impact will be lessened). The positive impact will then become more apparent, even to the casual observer. The long-term goal continues to be positive impact on precious world resources.
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