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  • The International Ecotourism Society proposed one of the 1st definitions in 1991:-Ecotourism’s appeal as a conservation and development tool rests in its potential to provide local economic benefits while maintaining ecological resource integrity through low-impact, non-consumptive resource use- (IUCN) also provides a slightly expanded description of ecotourism’s key characteristics:* Ecotourism is environmentally responsible travel and visitation to relatively undisturbed natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and any accompanying cultural features – both past and present) that promotes conservation, has low visitor impact, and provides for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local population

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  • 4. ECOTOURISM
    "Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well being of local people.“
  • 5. Components of:
    Ecotourism
    • Contributes to biodiversity conservation
    • 6. Sustains the well being of the local people
    • 7. Includes an interpretation / learning experience
    • 8. Involves responsible action on the part of the tourists and tourism industry
    • 9. Is delivered mainly to small groups by small-scale business
    • 10. Requires the lowest possible consumption of non-renewable resources
    • 11. Stresses local participation, stewardship, and business opportunities, particularly for rural people.
    Community Based Tourism (CBT)
    • Takes environmental, social, and cultural sustainability into account
    • 12. Community owns and manages projects for the benefit of the community
    • 13. Visitors increase their awareness and learn about local peoples and cultures
    • 14. Lodging with a local family, sharing their homes and eating meals together
    • 15. Range of activities organized by the community
  • Stakeholders (Interviewees)
    • Koh Ra Ecolodge Manager and Staff- Awe and Ruth
    • 16. CBT Homestay Women of KohPhra Thong- Fan and Youn
    • 17. Naucrates Scientist- Monica
    • 18. Moken Community Representative- Paw (Chief)
    • 19. Andaman Discoveries- Tiu (Director)
    • 20. Ecolodge Guests- UCLA Students
    • 21. Hotel Reviews and Blogs from Internet
  • The Koh Ra Ecolodge
    • An ecolodge is defined on encyclopedia.com as a, “Type of tourist accommodation designed to have the least possible impact on the natural environment in which it is situated.”
    The goal of the Ecolodgeis to promote sustainability and conservation in the area while working with local communities and stakeholders to create a win-win situation for the people and nature of the area.  
  • 22. Environmental Philosophy
    • It conserves the surrounding environment, both natural and cultural;
    • 23. It has minimal impact on the natural surrounding during construction;
    • 24. It fits into its specific physical and cultural contexts through careful attention to form, landscaping and colour, as well as the use of localised architecture;
    • 25. It uses alternative, sustainable means of water acquisition and reduces water
    • 26. consumption;
    • 27. It provides careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewerage;
    • 28. It meets energy needs through passive design and combines these with their modern counterparts for greater sustainability;
    • 29. It endeavours to work together with the local community;
    • 30. It offers interpretive programmes to educate both its employees and tourists about the surrounding natural and cultural environments;
    • 31. It contributes to sustainable local development through research programs.
  • Ecolodge’s Projects
    Activities
    Scuba Diving
    Swimming
    Snorkeling
    Sea Kayaking
    Guided Hiking
    Yoga
    Thai Cooking lessons
    Visits to local Moken Village
    Conservation Projects
    • Volunteer and Research opportunities
    • 32. Reef Check and Beach Cleanup
    • 33. Hornbill Monitoring
    • 34. Turtle Monitoring
    • 35. Organic Garden and local produce
    • 36. Composting and waste separation
    • 37. Solar Panels and night electicity
    • 38. Environmental Education
    • 39. Guide Training
    • 40. Mangrove Planting and Restoration
    • 41. Moken Community Fund and guide training
  • Communities Review
    • Provides secondary income to the community and avoids other businesses to “intrude” the community
    • 42. It helps in conservation projects of the local resources for the community (mangroves, fisheries)
    • 43. Also, the villagers learn more about conservations awareness from the projects and organizations
    • 44. Like foreign people (volunteers, eco-tourisst) to participate in conservation projects and help the community. But they find the language difference to be a barrier
    • 45. Moken people have good neighbor relationship with Ecolodge
  • Scientists and Travel Agency’s Review
    It’s a good opportunity for people to learn about the environment and even participate in monitoring projects
    It’s successful as long as it’s kept in Small Scale
    Should involve community and educate children in environmental conservation and guide tourists to focus more in the environment, local people and villages
  • 46. Green Hotel Rating Review
  • 47. Bungalows Review
  • 48. Guests Reviews
    Likes
    Environmental stewardship and conservation, cultural preservation, and natural beauty
    great source of information on local flora and fauna.
    The atmosphere is relaxed, quiet, less crowded
    Delicious food
    • cleanliness of accommodations/ suggestions to clean the rooms better/ comments on the dampness and smell/ suggestions to provide mosquito nets for all rooms
    • 49. (safeness) Koh Ra too dark at night
    • 50. Provide toiletries and flashlights
    To Improve