What is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism, or ecological tourism, has been a growing phenomenon since the 1950s and 1960s as the developed world began appreciating nature more and understanding the challenges of human development and population growth.
It was only in 1983 that Mexican landscape architect and environmentalist Héctor Cebellos-Lascurain first coined the term ‘ecotourism’ and offered a definition: “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 populations.”
In 1999, this definition was formally adopted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the official definition of ecotourism.
Generally, Ecotourism refers to two criteria:
- environmentally responsible and
- socially and culturally sound
Ecotourism can be considered as a subset of sustainable tourism and nature tourism because it represents a sustainable way of travelling in natural areas.
The principles of ecotourism have had the aim of minimizing negative impacts by preserving ecological carrying capacity and ecological balance, ensuring acceptance of tourism development, and finding environmentally-friendly accommodations and transport alternatives.
How you can experience Ecotourism?
Instead of spending your holidays in a common accommodation, you can choose an eco-property.
Those properties are known for being sustainable in every daily habit. Most of those properties have solar panels, led lighting, local food, high-efficiency water systems, and many other aspects that recognize their sustainable certification.
If you’d like to explore the world and do it consciously by comparing and booking eco hotels at your destinations, then check out our platform Triwey.com. It has been specifically designed to help sustainable travelers find eco-friendly hotels, eco resorts, eco lodges, farmhouses, green b&b, and much more.
All you’ll need to do is type in your destination, your arrival & departure dates, and the number of people who’ll be accompanying you. Subsequently, hit the search button, and let the site do its thing. If there is availability, a list showcasing the best sustainable hotels at your destination will pop up shortly thereafter. Choose the best option and book on the travel agency website, we will donate, at no extra cost for you, to charitable causes. That’s amazing yhea?!
When you plan your ecotourism holiday, remember to choose the most sustainable transport.
If you have to travel for short distances the best way to do not impact the environment is to do not choose flights.
It’s difficult and always depends on the locations but try to choose trains instead of flights, rent low emission cars, bikes and any other transport that has minimum impact on the planet.
Many companies are now offering their passengers a way to offset their flights. You’re given a chance to donate to programs that take carbon out of the air such as tree planting or renewable energy. However, it might be a controversial topic since some people argue that it allows you to ‘buy’ your way out of your carbon footprint. But the important thing is we are all trying to reduce our carbon footprints.
Why join the Ecotourism movement?
Joining the ecotourism cause is a way of guaranteeing the tourism industry will continue prospering and providing social and economic benefits to destinations and communities throughout the globe. Ecotourism provides the opportunity for immersion into the natural world in an enjoyable and effective manner, resulting in greater compassion and better stewardship of the world’s remaining natural wonders.