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What is Ecotourism?
 

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.",

Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism) is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. It purports to educate the traveller; provide funds for ecological conservation; directly benefit the

 
 
economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Ecotourism is held as important by those who participate in it so that future generations may experience aspects of the environment relatively untouched by human intervention. Most serious studies of ecotourism including several university programs now use this as the working definition.
 
  3 main components to explain what ecotourism is:
  1) It provides for conservation measures
  2) It includes meaningful community participation and
  3) It is profitable and can sustain itself.
 
One problem with defining ecotourism is that it has to take into account each countries unique culture, society, and economics. It would therefore be impossible to come up with one exact definition worldwide.
 
By creating jobs and educating local people it becomes easier to provide conservation measures and make it become profitable and sustain itself.
 
As with most things, ecotourism is evolving and so is the definition.
 
One thing that needs to be addressed head on is the impact that ecotourism might have on the local wild animals. Studies show that wild animals get stressed when people are around. It is therefore our responsibility to stay on designated paths and carry binoculars. If we keep our distance, we improve the chances of wild animals prospering.
 
 
 
 
 
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