ECOTOURISM. A GENTLE EXPLOITATION ?. WHEN IS IT ECOTOURISM? WHEN IS IT JUST TOURISM?. Is this an ecotourism destination?. What about this destination?. Guys, don’t answer !.
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A GENTLE EXPLOITATION ?
Is this an ecotourism destination?
What about this destination?
Guys, don’t answer !
Ecotourism: Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.
Mass tourism: Large-scale tourism, typically associated with ‘sea, sand, sun’ resorts and characteristics such as transnational ownership, minimal direct economic benefit to destination communities, seasonality, and package tours.
million people, generates $3.6 trillion in economic activity and accounts for
As of 2007…4 years later
tourism industry as a whole.
One country’s experience with ecotourism
Birds, bats, and frogs make up most of the vertebrate diversity
Decline of tropical amphibians
Are tourists (or maybe ecologists) transporting the chytrid fungal pathogen into new regions?
UGA has a field station in Costa Rica with programs that embrace such themes as conservation, agroecology, anthropology, insect natural history, tropical birds, among others.
Future of Costa Rica: Foreign owned resorts (lower left) or Costa Rican owned nature lodges (lower right) ? And, land prices on coast and in mountains increased more than 10 fold in past 15 years. Ordinary land is being priced beyond the reach of most Costa Ricans.
The Emerald Pool grotto in Dominica
Emerald Pool when the cruise ship is in port
A cruise ship of this size can disgorge over 2000 tourists when in port and over a ton of garbage daily.
Is tourism the salvation or the curse of the Galapagos?
Forest birds use shade-grown coffee farms. Birds are easier to see, farmers earn fees, tourist learns about coffee.