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Thoughts on Ecotourism in the form of sustainable farming

July 16, 2016

Some thoughts on Ecotourism from news stories this week (July 8-15, 2016):

After reading about the eighth annual Ecotourism conference, which took place earlier this month, this week I saw an “ecotourism” article about a working farm, with goats, in Reno, of all places, which I thought was a strange subject and location for ecotourism.  When I, and I believe most people, think of ecotourism, we tend to think of unspoiled wilderness, or nature, and certainly pre-agricultural era environments.

The article really is about structuring farms to take advantage of natural symbiosis and existing processes in nature, and to that extent, it reminds me of the work of Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms.  You may be familiar with Joel Salatin from author Michael Pollan’s works mentioning him (in books and articles).  Salatin raises cattle, pigs, chickens, and other animals, and uses the symbiotic relationships between the animals and the growth and decomposition of natural processes to make a self contained system for growing animals and crops naturally. Joel is well known in the organic farming world for his nine books and many lectures, as well as being featured in several documentaries.  And his farm has been a tourist attraction of sorts as a result.

For example, Salatin’s structure of farming emphasizes healthy grass on which animals can thrive in a symbiotic cycle of feeding. he calls himself a “sun farmer”, as a result, as the grass grown by the sun is the center of the structure of the farming process.  Cows are moved from one pasture to another rather than being centrally corn fed. Then chickens in portable coops are moved in behind them, where they dig through the cow dung to eat protein-rich fly larvae while further fertilizing the field with their droppings.

I hadn’t thought about that as an eco-friendly aspect of tourism, but it clearly is.  It appeals to those interested in viewing the farm and the processes, and educates and helps save the impact on the Earth as well.

–Robert Miller

 

 

 

 

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Eco-Tourism grows in Patagonian Chile

April 24, 2012

The following article was published in the London Globe and Mail, and was written by Gordon Pitts, regarding eco-tourism in the Patagonia region of Chile.  

In the dark dense rain forest of Chilean Patagonia, I am retracing the steps of Charles Darwin, in a search for the freak of a frog that bears his name.

The charming quirk of Darwin’s Frog is the male’s proclivity for carrying tadpole eggs in his vocal sac before disgorging the tykes into the world. The frogs come in hues of brown to green, making the tiny creatures almost impossible to see in their swampy habitat.

But Diego Stock, my exuberant Chilean guide, insists that he has spotted one hopping around this squishy bog a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. It looks like a fluttering brown leaf, but as I bend closer, I catch the outline of one of the world’s most endangered species.

Darwin, the 19th-century father of evolutionary theory, encountered the frog in his voyages around South America in the 1830s. Now, 180 years later, I have come to Patagonia to witness another evolution – not just in this embattled frog, but in the new concept of capitalist conservation.

We are tramping through the forests around Melimoyu, a remote speck on the map 1,200 kilometres south of Santiago, Chile’s capital. It is a living laboratory of frogs, birds, trees, flowers, blue whales, penguins and a sea lion that plays hide and seek with our rafts and kayaks as we glide down the Marchant River.

Just as Darwin’s voyage expanded the understanding of life, Patagonia, one of the last vast empty places, is a test site for grafting protection of natural lands on to profit-driven ecotourism and real estate.

Melimoyu lies about halfway down the narrow ribbon of Chilean Patagonia, a region 1,800 kilometres long and fewer than 200 kilometres wide – from the Pacific to the Argentine border. Much of the land around Melimoyu is owned by Patagonia Sur, a company founded by U.S. social-media millionaire Warren Adams.

It is one of his six Patagonian properties, comprising 25,000 hectares, spanning ocean rain forest, gaucho grasslands in deep Andean valleys, and majestic glaciers on the ragged edge of South America. So far, two of these properties, coastal Melimoyu and inland Valle California, contain small luxury resorts, and a third, Lago Espolon, has more Spartan hostel accommodation.

“We are buying ecosystems under threat by development,” explains Adams, a Harvard MBA who sold his tech company to Amazon in 1998 for $100-million in shares. He was mesmerized by a trip to Patagonia with his wife, Megan, but he also observed a region that was in danger of a development landslide more transformative than any earthquake. It was poised to be overwhelmed by new roads, airstrips and potential transmission lines transporting power from planned hydro dams in the south.

He set out to save space for creatures like Darwin’s Frog, whose numbers have been devastated by viruses. And on this day in early April, Stock, who oversees guiding at Melimoyu’s eco-resort, is encouraged by the discovery of even a single specimen. He records the sighting on a clipboard – grist for a research foundation set up by Adams to study the region’s flora and fauna.

But make no mistake: Patagonia Sur (sur means south in Spanish) is a hard-nosed start-up in the tradition of the high-tech world where Adams earned his entrepreneurial stripes. It comprises a real-estate brokerage (catering to green-minded clientele), sustainable property development, carbon-offset trading and reforestation, as well as ecotourism targeted at affluent consumers who will spend $6,000 (U.S.) or more on a week that melds fly-fishing, sumptuous dining and a clear conscience.

Adams’s idea is that ecologically based tourism and real estate are not just beneficiaries of conservation – they can be drivers of preservation. He aims to attract investors by the potential for healthy rates of return earned on Patagonia’s still relatively inexpensive land. The funds will underwrite the acquisition of more and more property, to be protected by tough land-use covenants in perpetuity.

Adams could be building a model for saving other beautiful places – say, in rural Newfoundland, New Zealand or Africa. The old model was based on government-funded parks or non-profit groups wringing donations out of philanthropists. But Adams says there is only so much money available to non-profits – and governments are stretched.

What is EcoTourism?

December 9, 2008

The “SC Ecofeminist Blog” (tee hee), at http://scecofeminism.blogspot.com/2008/12/colleen-meehan-wost-111-dr.html, had an interesting article abouw what makes EcoTourism what it is–

“What is ecotourism? According to the International Society of Ecotourism hereby known as (TIES), ecotourism is, “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” Therefore, ecotourism is more than just responsible travel. It requires a combined effort of conservation, local community participation, and of course, sustainable travel.

 

Ecotourism is a growing alternative form of tourism. It attempts to fuse education, cultural awareness, and historical value into an environmentally sustainable trip. Ecotourism strives to benefit not only the tourist with an incredible vacation, but also to help the conservation effort of our natural resources. Ecotourism strives to aid members of the local community economically and socially. Developing ecotourism will bring along more jobs and revenue for the area as well as a more environmentally-sound outlook on the natural environment. Through the process of uniting the ecotourist with the local community, the area as a whole will become more aware of its environmental state. Local communities will experience benefits by simply protecting their ecosystems and keeping their environment clean.

 

TIES describes six main principles of ecotourism. They are as followed: to minimize environmental impact, build environmental/cultural awareness and respect, to provide a positive experience for locals and visitors, to provide financial benefits for conservation effort, to provide financial benefits for the local community, and finally, to raise sensitivity to host countries political, environmental, and social climate.

 

Tourism is the largest business industry in the world’s economy responsible for over 230 million jobs across the globe. Tourism has been and is still expected to grow in the following years, particularly ecotourism. The importance of tourism worldwide is immense. Tourism is a principle export for 83% of developing countries. It is one of the few economic sectors in which many of these developing countries are able to grab a hold onto the growing global economy. Ecotourism is an especially important industry in countries such as Costa Rica which have developed entire industries based on the eco vacationers. Costa Rica has developed one of the world’s greatest ecotourism industries, while maintaining the importance of conservation. Factors that have contributed to Costa Rica’s success in the industry include its great biodiversity, location, safety and stability, strong environmental lobbying, and international support. The country is home to an incredible amount of biodiversity from its rainforests and volcanoes to its beautiful beaches. Ecotourism extends across the globe just as the natural wonders extend across the globe. By traveling abroad on an ecotourism trip one can experience a new environment, in addition to a new culture and history. Many countries, especially in the developing world have made great headway in the ecotourism industry. (TIES 2008)

 

Ecotourism in SC:

 

South Carolina has been said to be “ripe” for ecotourism according to journalist Matthew Gregory. In the palmetto state, tourism is our number one industry. From the mountains to the beaches, one of the states greatest resources is the natural environment. The ecotourism activity is endless throughout our state ranging from bird watching, to hiking, to exploring our coastal waterways. The state has an abundance of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. The fall foliage in the mountains attracts tourists from all over the southeast, and the possibilities for ecotourism activities are endless. One might ask where he or she can engage in such ecotourism activities. South Carolina has a plethora of natural protected areas including the Congaree National Park, a number of state parks, local parks, and an especially abundant amount of tourism activity located on our coast.

 

The following are a few examples of ecotourism activities that one may partake in the state:

 

Hiking the Palmetto Trail: The Palmetto Conservation Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by conservationists. In 1994 the state began working on a new project, the Palmetto Trail. The mission? “More than 425 miles of hiking and bicycle paths besides lakes, across mountain ridges, through forests, into towns big and small.” Spanning from the mountains to the ocean, the Palmetto Trail is one of only 16 cross state trails in the nation. The trail is available for one day or multi day use. Want an idea for a great ecotourism package? Hike the entire Palmetto Trail. One will travel through many different ecosystems and even 2 Revolutionary War Battlefields along the way. Another idea is to only hike one of its “passages,” a piece of the Palmetto Trail. Overall, the trails display the states rich biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as insight to its historical and cultural value. (Palmetto Conservation)

http://www.palmettoconservation.org/maps.asp

Camping at the Congaree National Park: The Congaree National Park, located just outside of the capital, is the states’ only National Park and holds immense intrinsic value. Open 364 days a year (only closed on Christmas Day) the park is easily assessable for all. The largest and oldest remaining old growth floodplain forest that exists on the continent can be found at the Congaree Park. The park is home to a 2.4 mile boardwalk loop trail popular among tourists and locals alike. In addition, there are over 20 miles of backcountry hiking available and also a river ideal for canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. The park offers canoe and kayaking tours led by experienced river guides and can even provide you with a boat. Fishing is allowed in the park with a valid SC fishing license. Camping is permitted all year long with several different locations available, such as backcountry campsites. The park also offers a number of educational experiences such as “Tree Talk” and “Nature Discovery” both guided walks led by park rangers.

 

http://www.nps.gov/ser/customcf/apps/pgallery/photo.cfm?pid=1520&aid=214&gid=214


“Owl Prowls” are another example. This is a popular night walk guided by a ranger and allows visitors to have a unique experience viewing an interesting assortment of native creatures in the area. So whether your interests are vested in bird watching or canoeing down a river, or simply spending a weekend around a campfire, the Congaree has more than enough to offer for an eco-trip. Just remember to practice leave no trace principles! (National Park Service)

 

http://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/upload/CONG%20Boundary%20Expansion_sm.pdf

 

Kayaking down the Three Rivers Greenway: Right here in Columbia one can take part in an ecotourism trip down the river. For only fifteen dollars one can rent a kayak and take part in a two and a half hour guided tour down the river, ending at the Riverfront Park in Columbia. It is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the city as well as a great way to learn some history of Columbia, one of the oldest planned cities in the entire nation. From personal experience, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without having to travel far. When you are on the river you get engulfed in the natural beauty and forget that you are in the capital city.

http://www.riveralliance.org/

 

How does ecofeminism fit into ecotourism?

Ecofeminism and ecotourism are two extremely compatible, ever changing concepts. Dating back thousands of years there has been evidence of women’s unbounded relationship with nature. We see Mother Earth as our provider, our home, our protector. She gives to us and we take from her, without her there would be no life. Today in a society consisting of technology and material goods there is a need for women especially to get back in touch with their natural environments. Luckily there are programs that do such a thing. For example, Adventure Carolina, an outdoor gear and supply outlet located in Cayce, SC, offers trips just for women. There are a number of different activities designated for women only groups including kayaking, hiking, and even weekend get aways.

 

Mary Alice Monroe’s, The Beach House:

Inspiration for this project stemmed after reading Mary Alice Monroe’s The Beach House. A conservationists and native to South Carolina she tells the story of a mother daughter struggling to rekindle a relationship, and that inseparable, crucial bond among women. The mother/daughter team struggles to save the sea turtle hatchlings on the beaches of SC that are being destroyed by the rapid increase in development and population on the nation’s coastlines. The Turtle Ladies, as they are called, work together night and day to help save one of the Earths oldest creatures. The novel helps one see the relationship between environmental degradation and the status of women. Women find a way to make control over chaos, even in the middle of a deteriorating environment, then again, “it’s nature” (Monroe 247).

 

 

Resources:

 

www.discoversouthcarolina.com

 

www.adventurecarolina.com

 

www.nature.org/aboutus/travel/ecotourism/travel/

 

http://south-carolina.uscity.net/Eco_Tourism/

 

www.coastalexpeditions.com

 

www.americaoutdoors.org

 

 

 

Works Cited:

 

Fox, Karen M. “Negotiating in a world of change: ecofeminist guideposts for leisure scholarship.” Journal of Leisure Research, Vol. 26, 1994.

 

Monroe, Mary Alice. The Beach House. Mira Books. U.S.A., 2002.

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Congaree National Park. http://www.nps.gov/cong/photosmultimedia/index.htm?eid=142603&root_aId=214#e_142603. 8 December 2008

 

Palmetto Conservation Foundation. http://www.palmettoconservation.org/maps.asp. 8 December 2008.

“Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints and Waste Nothing but Time.” The Pros and Cons of Ecotourism in Costa Rica.

http://www.american.edu/TED/costa-rica-tourism.htm. 8 December 2008.

 

The International Society of Ecotourism. http://www.ecotourism.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/eco_template.aspx?articleid=95&zoneid=2. 8 December 2008.

 

The River Alliance. http://www.riveralliance.org/. 8 December 2008.”

Guide to Green Eco Travel in California

July 23, 2008

I live here in Southern California, so I noted with great interest the article in Plenty Magazine listing the most green ecotravel destinations, state by state, including those here in California, which are as follows:

Tomales Bay Oyster Co Bivalve farm sells namesake oysters, mussels, and clams. Waterside picnic area for prime shucking. 15479 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA. 415-663-1242; tomalesbayoysters.com

Buell House Save-the-planet politicos Mark and Susie Tompkins Buell’s peace sign–fronted barn is a legend in Bolinas. Tricky hike to Alamere Falls, but it’s worth it for the 50-foot cascade directly into the ocean. Off Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA. marintrails.com

Monarch Grove Sanctuary Some 25,000 monarchs arrive from the Canadian Rockies and Alaska to new digs in Butterfly Town, USA. Locals work to preserve their habitat and that of the Australian eucalyptus. October through March. Ridge Rd, Pacific Grove, CA. 831-648-5716; pgmuseum.org

Post Ranch Inn Architecture fit for its surroundings. Morning yoga, afternoon nature walks, and evening astronomy sessions. They know what you like. Off Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA. 800-527-2200; postranchinn.com

Los Feliz Lodge Live like an Angeleno who has compost, conscious lighting, vintage furnishings, and nontoxic laundry supplies. 1507 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA. 323-913-1443; losfelizlodge.com

Three Twins Ice Cream Certified-organic farmers’ market fave. Biodegradable and compostable servingware. 610 1st St, Napa, CA. 707-257-8946; threetwinsicecream.com

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture The roots of Nader Khalili’s futuristic subdivision and school. Called anything from eco-domes to super adobes to moon cocoons. Tours by appointment. 10177 Baldy Ln, Hesperia, CA. 760.244.0614; calearth.org

La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve Swim past the lounging sea lions, snorkel into a protected underwater ecosystem with Garibaldi fish and endangered giant black sea bass. 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 619.260.1880; scubasandiego.com

Green Fusion Design Center Healthy for your home and the earth. Retail shop, gallery, and educational center. Green through and through, from the building to the initiatives. 14 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo, CA. 415-454-0174; greenfusiondesigncenter.com

Roots Restaurant in the Orchard Garden Hotel San Fran’s first green hotel adds restaurant with same standards. Grass-fed beef, biodynamic beer in elegant whitewashed setting. 466 Bush St., San Francisco, CA. 415-399-9807; theorchardgardenhotel.com

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon & Hotel No signs and no tourists in this famously secluded, activist-minded coastal town. More than 150 years old and not ashamed. Drink up; stay the night. But don’t expect modern conveniences. 41 Wharf Rd., Bolinas, CA. 415-868-1311; coastalpost.com/smileys

Helios House Ironic concept that’s not Frank Gehry’s. A station that pumps BP gas, but much else is designed to save—from the energy-efficient solar panels to the water filtration. 8770 W. Olympic Blvd at the corner of Olympic & Robertson, Los Angeles, CA. 310-855-9346; thegreencurve.com

Akasha Locally roasted fair trade coffee and goodies flavored with artisan sea salt and non-irradiated spices. 9534 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA. 310-845-1700; akasharestaurant.com

For more see:  http://www.plentymag.com/features/2008/07/city_guide_for_local_travel.php

Eco Travel in the Middle East

July 15, 2008

(From Karin Kloosterman’s excellent site – highly recommended):

VISA issues aside, eco-touring is no longer a concept found only in the West. More Middle Eastern organizations are starting to cater to the ecologically minded and are marketing eco-tours. Whether it’s a trek on a camel through the desert, or a backpacking excursion through unspoilt forests, if you are willing to not be spoiled in the Western way, the Middle East offers a number of eco-friendly holidays. Here we offer a recap of some options provided by Israeli blogger Karen Chernick from Green Prophet.

While some countries like Costa Rica have started abiding by sustainability standards and practices, no such organizations or initiatives like this exist in the Middle East. In the interim, we can just suggest contacting the websites of the organizations to ask them any specific questions you might have.

JORDAN
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Terhaal Eco Adventure: Terhaal offers a variety of adventures with a focus on outdoor activities. Rappelling, snorkeling, camping, camel trekking… you name it, they got it. You can choose from a list of trips that they offer, or they’ll tailor a trip to what you want to see.

Baobab: Alternative Roots to Travel: This tour company offers eco tours all over the Middle East and Africa, with some unique options in Jordan. You can check out some of their cultural tours or have them take you around some of Jordan’s nature reserves.

Feynan Lodge: Developed by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, this eco lodge is in the middle of the Dana nature reserve. The lodge itself is built entirely out of local materials with traditional methods. It also incorporates green technologies such as solar power and they try to stick to candle light at night to save electricity. Very green and very romantic.

LEBANON
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TLB Destinations: TLB is a tour company that offers sustainable tourism trips all over the Middle East. The small company is local and multilingual (they speak English, French, Arabic, and German), and promotes responsible tourism. This means that their tour guides inform travelers about local concerns regarding the conservation of natural areas, support local communities, and that the company itself tries to raise awareness about biodiversity and heritage. TLB offers a diverse range of trips in Lebanon, including adventure, biking, cultural, gastronomical, discovery, trekking, and hiking tours.

Eco Village: Eco Village is a spot in the Dmit Valley for educational eco tourism. While staying in one of their mud huts or camps, you can enjoy organic meals, learn about the environment, and help out on their farm. In addition to organic farming, fishing, hiking, swimming, and rock climbing, you can also do some yoga or tai chi at the Eco Village.

Lebanon Mountain Trail: The Lebanon Mountain Trail is a 440 km path that leads from the northern tip of Lebanon to the southern part of the country and goes through more than 75 towns and villages. It promotes environmentally and socially responsible tourism, and is the first long distance hiking trail in Lebanon.

Blue Carrot Adventures: This tour group brings together nature and adventure lovers to explore Lebanon’s wilderness. Some of their adventures include snowshoeing, paragliding, amateur caving, and diving. Sign up for their mailing list to find out about their next adventure.

IRAN
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Ecotour Iran: Ecotour Iran, a leading tour operating company, cooperates with experts in the field of ecotourism. It runs the only official ecotourism center in Iran as well as training courses for ecotour leaders in the fields of zoology, ornithology, botany, geography, history, photography, outdoor sports, anthropology, and more. They offer a wide range of tours, some of which include bird watching and nature photography tours.

Iran Paradise: Iran Paradise is a tourism agency whose eco-tours focus on the many national parks and protected regions in Iran. According to their website, there are currently 10 national parks and 41 protected regions in Iran constituting 7.9 million hectares (around 4.8% of the total area of the country). Highlights of their 12 day/11 night eco-tour itinerary include visiting a variety of national parks, sleeping in tents, and viewing various aquatic, forest, and desert eco systems.

Let’s Go Iran: Let’s Go Iran is another tourism agency that offers a variety of eco-tours – skiing, diving, desert, and nomad tours. Highlights of the nomad eco-tour include a full day of camel riding in the desert followed by a delicious lunch of camel meat, camping overnight with the nomads in the Zagrus mountains, and trekking through mountains.

Article: “The Value of EcoTourism”

July 1, 2008

An article from the publication Westside Today appeared on their website, from a primatology student.  I found it fascinating and true.  There’s value in tourism of the right kind, value in ecotravel, and value in education combined with the eye opening and mind opening kind of travel.

The Value of Ecotourism

Recently returned from a three-month journey studying the primates in Africa, Brentwood resident Katie Hall gives Westside Today her story.


I have just returned from a three-month term as a field assistant in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda, collecting data on chimpanzee stress response to human impact on the forest. As a primate researcher, I can easily say that human encroachment on the forest ecosystem, whether through logging, hunting, growing crops on the forest edge, and other factors, are detrimental to the health and wellbeing of all forest inhabitants.
So it may come as a surprise to say that the future of the endangered chimpanzees, gorillas, golden monkeys, and other animals may depend on humans entering the forest—through ecotourism.

Katie Hall

Katie Hall

During the course of my research, I visited four forest sites in Northwestern Uganda, each with different levels of human activity impacting the chimpanzees. Busingiro is heavily affected by illegal logging; Sonso is strictly a research station; Kaniyo-Pabidi, a pristine forest, is used for ecotourism; and Kasokwa is a tiny fragment between fields of sugar cane, major roads and several villages.

I spent most of my time in Kasokwa, 70 hectares of degraded forest overgrown with invasive lantana (the only trees left are those not wanted by loggers). The 14 chimpanzees that inhabit the area make the perfect case study for population bottleneck: Most chimpanzee groups in pristine forest travel in groups of 25-50 but socialize with a network as large as 100 individuals; with a group so small, inbreeding is inevitable.

I came to know the 14 chimpanzees of Kasokwa very well throughout the three months, learning to recognize them by their faces and other remarkable features, and by their voices. Four of these 14 individuals suffer from snare injuries: Wire snares are set to trap smaller animals for meat, but chimps often travel on the ground and occasionally get caught. While not always fatal, the injuries sustained can cause long-term damage. Limbs are lost, reducing climbing ability, feeding and social grooming, leaving individuals emaciated, ill and lonely.

Clearly, humans have a very negative impact here. They need the land to grow their crops; they need the water from the stream to drink and wash clothing; they need vegetation to graze their cattle.

But chimpanzees and gorillas especially are a source of national pride (not to mention income) in Uganda, and their conservation is significant to community development projects. Furthermore, both species offer us an opportunity to reflect on our evolutionary heritage.

While it breaks my heart to admit that Kasokwa may be a lost cause in terms of conservation, there is still hope in the many forest areas protected by ecotourism. Kaniyo-Pabidi, Kibale, Semliki, Kyambura Gorge, Bwindi and Mgahinga all offer the opportunity to view majestic chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat.

Tourists pay as much as $500 for one hour with the gorillas; this sounds expensive, but it is worth every penny in terms of conservation and local economic development. Without the income generated through ecotourism, guards cannot be hired to enforce National Park boundaries. Local villagers then cut trees for firewood or building and hunt animals for personal consumption or for the commercial bush-meat trade.

The profits earned from eco-tourism contribute to building sustainable projects within local communities. The results include enhancing farming skills, water sanitation projects, and building schools and hospitals. These amenities ease pressure about providing some basic infrastructure and services. In addition, locals have come to respect the endangered species with which they share space.

Without tourist dollars, chimps, gorillas and other species are likely doomed. While bringing more people into the forest is not good for the animals, this is nevertheless the best opportunity to learn more about the species, their feeding choices, social habits and most importantly, the dangers they face from the human front. The likelihood of anyone donating $500 is slim. This way, tourists have an interactive educational opportunity, the community receives the economic benefit and the animals are further insulated from human encroachment.

Conservation is a by-product of tourism. And tourism is not all bad. Without ecotourism, chimps all over Uganda would be suffering as much as my friends in Kasokwa. Consider an educational, eco-friendly adventure for your next vacation. It is a way to learn more, contribute to conservation and still promote economic development in surrounding communities.
Katie Hall is a recent graduate of UCSD and has had a lifelong fascination with primates. She starts her PhD. at St. Andrews University in Scotland this fall, where she will study primatology.

EcoTourism, EcoTravel, Adventure Travel Directory

June 24, 2008

As an update to an earlier post, allow me to post a more comprehensive list and the following directory of websites devoted to ecotourism, ecotravel, adventure or educational travel (and thank you those that commented!):

http://www.4ecotravel.com Journeys – Ecotours and Travel –
http://www.adventureecotravel.com Enter Adventure Ecotravel
http://www.alpineecotravels.com Alpine Hotel
http://www.amazonecotravel.com amazonecotravel.com
http://www.asiaecotravel.com Welcome to Big Bubble Centre •
http://www.bamboobayecotravel.com Coming Soon…
http://www.bamboobayeco-travel.com Coming Soon…
http://www.brazil-ecotravel.com
http://www.bulgarianecotravel.com Bulgarianecotravel.com
http://www.ecotravel.cl ECOtravel
http://www.ecotravel.co.yu ‘+site+’
http://www.ecotravel.co.za Eco Travel Guide to South Africa and
http://www.ecotravel.com Ecotravel.Com
http://www.eco-travel.com eco-travel.com
http://www.ecotravel.com.br ECOTRAVEL
http://www.ecotravel.com.pl Portal Turystyczny EcoTravel.pl –
http://www.eco-travel.de Eco-World.de, das Portal für ökologisches,
http://www.ecotravel.de Sie sehen hier eine soeben freigeschaltete
http://www.ecotravel.fr Mail :: Welcome to Horde
http://www.ecotravel.gr Welcome to Ecotravel in Peloponnesus!!!
http://www.ecotravel.info ecotravel.info – Ecotravel info. This
http://www.ecotravel.net Ecotravel.Com
http://www.eco-travel.net Search! – ItsYourDomain registered this
http://www.ecotravel.nl Welkom bij EcoTr
http://www.ecotravel.org.uk ECO Travel
http://www.ecotravel.pl Portal Turystyczny EcoTravel.pl – wakacje,
http://www.ecotravel.ru
http://www.ecotravel.ws Index of /
http://www.ecotravel.z.pl Alias.Polbox : nie istnieje
http://www.ecotravel101.com http://www.ecotravel101.com
http://www.ecotravelabroad.com Adventure Travel – Ecological
http://www.ecotraveladventure.com ecotraveladventure.com
http://www.eco-travel-adventure-guide.com Welcome to http://www.eco-travel-
http://www.eco-travel-adventure-travel-directory.com Welcome to
http://www.ecotravelagency.com EcoTravel, Ecolodges and
http://www.ecotravelalaska.com Travel Alaska – State of Alaska Travel
http://www.ecotravelargentina.com.ar My Free Web Site on
http://www.ecotravelbrands.com EcoTravelBrands.com™
http://www.ecotravelbubesi.org aaargh-infotainment—webdesign—
http://www.ecotravelcaribbean.com Welcome to
http://www.ecotravelcenter.com.br
http://www.eco-travel-ecological-travel-adventure-guide.com Welcome
http://www.ecotraveler.com ECOTRAVELER | sustainable and responsible
http://www.ecotraveler.info http://www.ecotraveler.info
http://www.ecotraveler.org http://www.ecotraveler.org is Under Construction
http://www.ecotravelernews.com EcoTravelerNews [Your source for
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