29 Sep '11, 4pm

Newsflash: ecotourism is better for the environment than just plain tourism (via @the_daily_green)

The Cape dwarf chameleon, photographed in an ornamental tree on the patio at Jordan Estate vineyards, in South Africa's Stellenbosch wine region. Photo: Samantha Shapley related articles By Dan Shapley Ecotourism is dramatically better for local economies and ecosystems than other forms of travel, according to a United Nations-supported study by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests . Ecotourism is a concept that emphasizes authentic experiences in preserved natural environments, typically guided by local people. The environment is more likely to be protected because local people have an economic incentive to preserve the landscape to make it attractive to tourists. Otherwise, the incentives to exploit natural resources might outweigh the advantages of preservation. Compared to "standard all-inclusive package tours" that deliver 20% of revenues to local companies (the r...

Full article: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/ec...

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