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Principles of Ecotourism

  • Minimize negative impacts on nature and culture that can damage a destination.
  • Educate traveller on the importance of conservation.
  • Stress the importance of responsible business, which works cooperatively with local needs and deliver conservation benefits.
  • Direct revenues to the conservation and management of natural and protected areas.
  • Emphasize need for regional tourism zoning and visitor management plans designed for either regions or natural areas that are slated to become eco-destinations.
  • Emphasize use of environmental and social baseline studies, as well as long term monitoring programs, to assess and minimize impacts.
  • Strive to maximize economic benefit for the host country, business and communities particularly people living in and adjacent to natural and protected areas.
  • Seek to ensure that tourism development does not exceed the social and environmental limits of change as determined by researchers in cooperation with local residents.
  • Rely on infrastructure that has been developed in harmony with the environment, minimizing use of fossil fuels, conserving local plants and wildlife, and blending with the natural and cultural environment.