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Ecotourism

  1. 1. Ecotourism English presentation Laura Vandekerckhove
  2. 2. Intro <ul><li>What is ecotourism? </li></ul><ul><li>Ecoterrorism? </li></ul><ul><li>+/- 10 min. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definition <ul><li>Travel to natural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting fauna, flora and local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Serve environment </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the well being of locals </li></ul>
  4. 4. GOAL : minimize impact of mass tourism <ul><li>Reaction against mass tourism </li></ul><ul><li>No economic motives </li></ul>
  5. 5. Eco-lodges <ul><li>Hotels </li></ul><ul><li>Limit waste </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve resources </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative energy source </li></ul><ul><li>Buy local food </li></ul><ul><li>Hire local people </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ecoterrorism?
  7. 7. Problems <ul><li>Eco façade </li></ul><ul><li>Threat to local culture </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no infusion to local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental damage </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of regulation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Eco façade <ul><li>Big business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fastest growing subsector </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Eco façade <ul><li>Exploiting ecotourism </li></ul><ul><li>Using the term = positive image </li></ul><ul><li> ‘ Green washing’ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Threat to local culture <ul><li>Arrangement incl. : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Meet and greet’ with tribe members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertainment and demonstrations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No agreement among locals </li></ul><ul><li>= intern problems </li></ul>
  11. 11. Little infusion to local economies <ul><li>Organized by foreign tourist agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of fare not for locals </li></ul>
  12. 12. Environmental damage More transportation More pollution Bigger nature areas
  13. 13. Safety <ul><li>No official tourist agency </li></ul><ul><li>Independent agency : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More experience and tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> BUT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not so concerned with safely operating </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Lack of regulation <ul><li>No certification process </li></ul><ul><li>No official regulation </li></ul><ul><li>No overseeing authority </li></ul>
  15. 16. Thank you for your attention !

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