Posted by: nept | February 11, 2010

Ecotourism Explained


The Definition:

Ecotourism is: “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)

Principles of Ecotourism:

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.

NEPT and the Royal Palm Reserve strive to meet these goals everyday in our operations, through our conservation efforts, and through empowering Jamaicans.

This definition is provided by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)

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