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Small-scale tourism. It is tourism which doesnt harm the environment and benefits the locals, e.g. through employment.

Ecotourism involves: Conservation - protecting and managing the environment.
                                  Stewardship - taking responsibility for conserving the environment.

Only involves small visitor numbers whivh helps to keep the environmental impacts of tourism low.

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Environmental benefits

  • Reduces logging and deforestation as locals are persauded to conserve the rainforests since ecotourism will provide a stable income.
  • Reduces poaching and hunting since the locals will be compelled to protect the wildlife to encourage tourists to visit and see the wide range of species.
  • Ecotourism aims to reduce fossil fuel use by running the ecolodge using renewable energy sources and local food (reduce air miles). This reduces global warming.
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Economic Benefit

  • Employs local tourists directly, i.e. staff in hotel.
  • Benefits locals indirectly, i.e. hotel requires local produce providing and income for farmers.
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Social Benefits

  • Locals have a stable income.
  • Ecotourism schemes fund local projects, e.g. schools and water tanks, helping with development
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Yachana Ecolodge, Ecuador - Case study

  • Small guest house, small number of guests at once.
  • Tourist activities are ecofriendly and aim to teach them about local culture and the importance of conserving the rainforest.
  • Employs local people as tour guides and hotel staff, as well as indirectly through the need of local food.
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Yes, ecotourism is sustainable since it protects the rainforests conserving them for future generations. It provides locals with an income which has knock-on effects for the countries economy and development. And it increases the quality of life for the locals.

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