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Ecotourism, Eco Travel, Eco Vacation… making sense of all the travel jargon

July 11, 2009

By Dian Hasan | July 10, 2009

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Eco Tourism, Eco Travel, Eco Vacation… an endless array of terms that you are coming across more frequently. What do they all mean anyway? And how do I make a the right choice as a traveler if I want to do more than merely generate carbon emission because of my travel decision? The following brief explanation on Eco Tourism may help you decide how and where to have a eco responsible holiday.

Responsible Travel, where you give more than you take. Camel herder, Tanzania. Photo: Transitions Abroad

Responsible Travel, where you give more than you take. Camel herder, Tanzania. Photo: Transitions Abroad

What is Eco Tourism

The concept of ecotourism is to minimize the impact that tourism has on an area, minimize the negative impacts of tourism, protect the conservation of the area and benefit local people.

Eco Tourism means traveling whilst not to bring negative effects to the environment and the local community. It’s an increasingly popular approach to travel. By encouraging travelers to behave in a responsible way, Eco Tour operators offer information on how travelers can minimize their impact on the ecosystem and contribute to the protection of ecosystems.

By employing local people whenever possible, ecotourism seeks to prevent exploitation. Many Eco Tour Operators are involved in working on initiatives and projects with the local community such as training and education programs.

Responsible Eco Tourism means travel that minimize the negative aspects of mass tourism on the environment and enhances the cultural integrity of local people.

An eco- traveler is a traveler who takes responsibility to prevent negative impacts on the environment and the local community of the area you are visiting.

Global Carbon Emission & Eco Tourism

Traveling is one of the biggest sources of global carbon emissions, increasing global warming and climate change. By choosing a different mode of transport, you can minimize your CO2 emissions. Ecotourism strives to be of low impact to the local community. Responsible Eco Tourism minimizes the negative aspects of mass tourism on the environment and enhances the cultural integrity of local people.

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