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February 22, 2012

The term Ecotourism is not new thing in human experience and it has been practiced in most developed and developing nation. There are numerous definitions of the term, but according to American-based Ecotourism society, Ecotourism is nothing but a purposeful travel to natural areas; to understand the nature and culture; to understand the effect of human interference in ecosystem; and ultimately produce economic opportunity to conserve natural resource which is beneficial to local

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people. I do not know how far one is justified, calling it the pivot or corner stone of progressive tourism. Ecotourism demonstrates the need of conservation of both cultural and natural environment with sustainable economic development including the participation of local people.

Why Eco Tourism Matters?

The fundamentals of Ecotourism are not only to travel to natural areas but it implies several other factors. It emphasizes:

  • Reduction of consumption of natural resources  or optimum use of natural resources
  • Maintaining diversity of nature and culture
  • Integrating   tourism into planning
  • Uplifting  local economies by bringing foreign exchange
  • Involving local communities through tourism
  • Creating jobs and thus reducing crime
  • Reducing poverty by engaging local people
  • Marketing tourism responsibly towards the environment
  • Researching on effect of human activity on ecosystem
  • Maintain humanity and respect for local culture, communities and environment
  • Participating public for natural conservation
  • Training local and other people who are engaged in ecotourism

Wellness Tourism and Eco Tourism – How it can grow together

The core essence of seeking out wellness is the improvement in health, which automatically leads to an enhanced quality of life. Wellness centers and retreats encourage maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a wholesome, nutritious diet and fitness-related activities. They also emphasize spiritual and mental health, beauty treatments and healthy sleeping techniques all in the hope of improving and bettering one’s health. Above could be easily achived in enviornment which offers Eco Tourism through Natural Resources.

The theme of Ecotourism is not only to have sustainable use of natural resources (air, soil, minerals, animals, plants and water) but it teaches us the importance of preserving those resources for our coming generation.

Eco Tourism provides an enviornment which is most healthiest, We are beginning to realize the effect of human activities on environment. Ecotourism promotes maintaining ecological process such as recycling of nutrients, soil conservation, reducing pollution, and wildlife management, purification of water and sustainable use of natural resources. Whic in terms provide better way of living and healthy environment for humans and animal which maintains the bio-diversity.

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Eastern Visayas in the Phillipines sets regional eco-tourism conference

September 30, 2011
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TACLOBAN CITY — Members of the tourism industry and environment advocates in Eastern Visayas will gather here this week to draft a five-year road map for eco-tourism development.

Karina Rosa S. Tiopes, regional director of the Department of Tourism, said the road map will be the outcome of a two-day regional eco-tourism conference set for Sept. 26-27 as part of the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council week celebration.

“Compared to neighboring regions, Eastern Visayas may lag behind. But it does not mean that we have to stay that way. We have to catch up in the…tourism value chain,” Ms. Tiopes said in a press statement.

The conference is expected to draw together local chief executives, heads of local governments’ legislative committees for tourism, local tourism officers, representatives of local tourism councils and of nongovernment organizations, as well as school, military and police officials. Speakers during the conference include national and regional officials of the departments of Tourism and of Environment and Natural Resources.

Eco-tourism is a thrust under the 2011-2016 Eastern Visayas development plan, besides agribusiness and information and communication technology. “This is one of the major strategies that will serve as driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony, without compromising sustainability and preservation,” Ms. Tiopes said

The Phillipines declares six villages as “ecotourism” zones

August 23, 2011
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An author in the Phillipines, and head of the town of Nueva Vizcaya in that country, has a measure to declare six villages as eco-tourism zones.

“While our municipality is endowed with Mother Nature’s blessings such as mountains, forests, waterfalls, rivers, creeks, springs, hills, peaks and caves which are ideal for trekking, campsite and other eco-tourism destinations, there is a need to institutionalize their protection and further development for its eco-tourism potentials,” said Councilor Roland Carub, author and sponsor of the proposed measure.

The proposed ordinance which seeks to declare barangay Commonal and the Singian mountains within barangays Aggub, Bangar, Bascaran, Concepcion and Tucal as an eco-tourism zones, is set for final reading, he added.

Once approved, Carub explained that these eco-tourism zones will be opened-up for further development based on a crafted tourism development plan which shall trigger the enforcement of standards and collection of statistical data for tourism purposes.

“With this ordinance, management, conservation, development, protection, utilization and disposition of these zones will be assured, including entry of government agencies and institutions which are deemed beneficial,” he said.

These eco-tourism sites, Carub said will be opened and used for educational and scientific researches, cultural, livelihood and tourism purposes.

Any violations based on existing environmental laws and other administrative issuances requires an individual and any organizations to pay the penalties of P1,000.00 for the first offense, P2,000.00 for the second offense and P2,500.00 for the third offense.

Eco-tourism is a form of sustainable tourism within a natural and cultural heritage area where community participation, protection and management of natural resources, cultural and indigenous knowledge and practices, environmental education and ethics as well as economic benefits are fostered and pursued for the enrichment of host communities and satisfaction of visitors

Malaysia Tourism Minister Yen Yen says eco-tourism is all about the bucks

November 12, 2010
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Malaysia needs to produce more specialist guides to provide quality tourism service and boost the eco-tourism industry.

Currently, the country has 4,000 general tour guides, some of whom are not professionals, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.

“We want more specialist tour guides who can tell stories about our tourist attractions,” she said during a visit to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here yesterday.

Dr Ng said the ministry had set up a joint committee with UKM and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to develop modules aimed to train and produce more expert guides.

“Locals who are familiar with their home area in tourist destinations such as Fraser’s Hill, Tasik Chini and Lata Jarum should be trained to be specialist guides because they are the experts who can explain the tourist attractions,” she said.

Dr Ng added that the ministry was looking forward to collaborating with related ministries and agencies like UKM to develop eco-tourism to generate more revenue.

Dubai makes steps towards being eco-friendly

January 11, 2010

Leading environmentalists, academics, government officials and eco-tourism experts visited Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa yesterday, after a three-day conference identified the award-winning property as the region’s leading sustainable eco-tourism development.

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Organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, the Sustainable Eco-Tourism in Desert Ecosystems conference in Dubai was arranged to discuss sustainable development, conservation of natural resources and tourism growth.

A benchmark in the conference discussions was the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR); the first and largest protected wildlife conservation area in the UAE, formally recognised as a Protected Area by UNEP, and also home to Emirates’ exclusive Al Maha property.

In 2003, the Government of Dubai decided to create a nationally significant conservation area and charged Emirates with its management and protection. Since then Emirates has invested over Dhs10m in support of wildlife conservation programmes, scientific research, and protection of this 225 square kilometre area.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, and also the Chairman of the Dubai Conservation Board, commented, “We are honoured that Al Maha and the DDCR have been held up internationally as a foremost example of sustainable tourism development at this prestigious conference. We are determined to preserve a balance between conservation and Dubai’s rapid urban expansion. Emirates and Al Maha have contributed enormously to ensure the management of conservation, research and tourism within the DDCR is at the highest international standards.”

Sheikh Ahmed added, “Much of the region’s natural resources, habitats and wildlife are under pressure; however, sustainable developments such as Al Maha offer the biggest opportunities to develop the tourism economy, while also protecting natural and historic heritage into the future.”

Since the opening of Al Maha in 1999, the successful re-introduction of the Arabian Oryx, Arabian Gazelle, Sand Gazelle and large-scale indigenous flora re-seeding programmes are just some of the major projects that have been delicately carried out in the DDCR. It is the only location within the UAE where visitors are able to experience completely free-roaming wildlife within their natural desert and dune surroundings.

The reserve is the most actively researched and carefully managed conservation area in the region. It is registered with the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), audited by UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and is a member of the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN). The DDCR has joined some of the world’s most treasured conservation areas, including such reserves as Yellowstone National Park in the USA and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Confirmed by scientific research, the environment and habitat within the DDCR has greatly improved from what it was ten years ago. Quite apart from the wildlife which has been reintroduced, many species that had disappeared from the area are now returning on their own accord.

The DDCR is segregated into four utilisation zones. In some areas, only researchers are allowed to enter on foot. In another zone a select number of safari operators – who worked closely with the reserve management to create a foremost example of sustainable desert tourism in the region – can conduct safaris for visitors, providing an experience of the desert and dunes, and its unique fauna and flora, and gaining a better understanding of Dubai’s conservation efforts.

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What is Eco-Tourism?

October 2, 2009
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I was sent the article below from the Express India News Service, and I’ve edited it down slightly.  It’s a good review of the definition of ecotourism with some tips for travelling responsibly.

But what is ecotourism?

There are lots of names for these new forms of tourism: responsible tourism, alternative tourism, sustainable tourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism, educational tourism and more. Ecotourism probably involves a little of all of them. Everyone has a different definition but most people agree that ecotourism must:

* conserve the wildlife and culture of the area

* benefit the local people and involve the local community

* be sustainable, that is make a profit without destroying natural resources

* provide an experience that tourists want to pay for.

So, for example, in a true ecotourism project, a nature reserve allows a small number of tourists to visit its rare animals and uses the money that is generated to continue with important conservation work. The local people have jobs in the nature reserve as guides and wardens, but also have a voice in how the project develops. Tourists stay in local houses with local people, not in specially built hotels. So they experience the local culture and do not take precious energy and water away from the local population. They travel on foot, by boat, bicycle or elephant so that there is no pollution. And they have a special experience that they will remember all of their lives.

This type of tourism can involve only small numbers of people so it can be expensive. But you can apply the principles of ecotourism wherever you go for your holiday.

Just remember these basic rules.

* Be prepared. Learn about the place that you’re going to visit. Find out about its culture and history. Learn a little of the native language, at least basics like ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘good morning’. Think of your holiday as an opportunity to learn something.

* Have respect for local culture. Wear clothes that will not offend people. Always ask permission before you take a photograph. Remember that you are a visitor.

* Don’t waste resources. If the area doesn’t have much water, don’t take two showers every day.

* Remember the phrase: ‘Leave nothing behind you except footprints and take nothing away except photographs.’ Take as much care of the places that you visit as you take of your own home. Don’t buy souvenirs made from endangered animals or plants.

* Walk or use other non-polluting forms of transport whenever you can.

* Be flexible and keep a sense of humor when things go wrong.

* Stay in local hotels and eat in local restaurants. Buy local products whenever possible and pay a fair price for what you buy.

* Choose your holiday carefully. Don’t be afraid to ask the holiday company about what they do that is ‘eco’. Remember that ‘eco’ is very fashionable today and a lot of holidays that are advertised as ecotourism are not much better than traditional tourism.

But before you get too enthusiastic, think about how you are going to get to your dream ‘eco’ paradise. Flying is one of the biggest man-made sources of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Friends of the Earth say that one return flight from London to Miami puts as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the average British car driver produces in a year. So don’t forget that you don’t have to fly to exotic locations for your ‘eco’ holiday. There are probably places of natural beauty and interest in your own country that you’ve never visited.

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