Arjun Kr. LimbuKathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)
Topics• Ecotourism & its Principles , EcoDestinations• Travel & Volunteer Types• What is and Necessity of eco guides/leaders?• Responsibility -Environment and –Local Community Benefits.• Environment: Carbon Offsetting/Renewable energy/ Go green• Equipping Essential Skills
What is Ecotourism?The International Ecotourism Society.“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.
Ecodestinations Ecodestination ( what it covers?) Emerging trend worldwide. Ecotourism-> eco-tourists -> eco-destinations -> Eco- leaders/guides (Necessity) WE SHOULD BE!! Learn to engage tourists and provide a professional, enjoyable experience • Develop leadership, presentation and customer service skills • On-site and off-site training, mentoring and ongoing support
VOLUNTEER TYPES What is Volunteering? Adult Education Biological Research Community Development Computer Training Conservation Cooking Culture Cutting Wood Eco-tourism Economic Development Education English Teaching Environment Grassroots Organization Health Education Historic Preservation Literacy Minority Groups Natural Resources Popular Education Primary Education Recreation Reforestation Research Self Help Small Business Development Teaching Tourism Trail Building Tree Planting Volunteer Management Wildlife Surveying Youth Youth Development Typical VolunteerIndependent, energetic and patient self starter who likes to work with people from other cultures and countries.
Environment Flying Responsibly Your flight can be the most polluting aspect of your travel. It is estimated that air traffic accounts for 10% of greenhouse gases worldwide. ( -> G. W) Carbon Management Sources of carbon Renewable Energy ?
Local Benefits Most voluntourists were aged 20-39 traveling for over a week while devoting 40- 80% of their trip to volunteering. interest in traveling to South & Central America, Africa and Asia to volunteer. They were motivated by their interest in environmental conservation, community tourism projects and community development.
Recommendation Energy saving tips -suggesting guests-to turn off lights -Rechargeable batteries -use public transportation -walking, bicycling -save water Reducing carbon -Live in Solar-panel used hotels Community Benefits -Encourage to buy local products Wildlife & Tourism habitat, animal behavior, fotography.