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Everywhere you go, it's "green" this and "green" that. But what exactly
According to the Centre for Ecotourism, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain created the
term ecotourism in 1983. The original term described "nature-based travel to
relatively undisturbed areas with an emphasis on education."
To simplify the term, Eco-resorts defines ecotourism as:
In general, ecotourism is an insightful, mindful and participatory travel
experience to natural and cultural environments, assisting the well-being
of the local cultures and environments for future generations. At the same time
ecotourism produces viable economic opportunities for the host areas.
Originally, ecotourism was defined as purely nature based, forgetting the impact
tourism had on the local villages and culture. However, it quickly became apparent
that trying to create a new type of tourism, which only focused on wildlife and
the environment, while excluding the local villages, simply did not work.
Those countries that involved the local communities in the ecotourism decision-making
process had a much higher success rate in implementing profitable ecotourism.
Consequently, most recent definitions of ecotourism now include a more synergistic
approach, including the tourist, local villages and environment.
Now that we understand what ecotourism is, let's look at how to implement ecotourism,
- How to choose an eco-tour
- How to choose an ecolodge
- How to choose an eco-destination
For more information on ecotourism, visit our archives
to read some of Eco-resorts' articles and ezines. The International Ecotourism
Society's website at www.ecotourism.org has more information on various international
eco-destinations, ecolodges and eco-tours.