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What is Ecotourism? INSPIRECO Training 10-13 June 2014 in Isparta region What is Ecotourism? Tourism Nature Tourism Eco- tourism Herbert Hamele/ ECOTRANS.

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1 What is Ecotourism? INSPIRECO Training June 2014 in Isparta region What is Ecotourism? Tourism Nature Tourism Eco- tourism Herbert Hamele/ ECOTRANS Sustainable Tourism

2 Definition “Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

3 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.

4 Benefits of Ecotourism Conservation Offering market-linked long-term solutions, ecotourism provides effective economic incentives for conserving and enhancing bio- cultural diversity and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage of our beautiful planet. Communities By increasing local capacity building and employment opportunities, ecotourism is an effective vehicle for empowering local communities around the world to fight against poverty and to achieve sustainable development. Interpretation With an emphasis on enriching personal experiences and environmental awareness through interpretation, ecotourism promotes greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture


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