Are your Travels leaving behind sustainable footprints?
If there’s one proactive way to appreciate Mother Earth it’s by exploring it. Which is why the tourism industry has begun to tap into the greater research of supporting environmental sustainability while offering tourists deeper ecological insightful adventures at the world’s most pristine destinations. As the popularity of Sustainable tourism and Ecotourism grows the aim is to educate more travelers,about environmental awareness and conservation involved in sustainable tourism.
We as travelers must tread upon our planet very delicately . Although we contribute immensely through our travels, we also gain much more. It’s a two way process, totally ‘win win’ situation. So, as World Tourism day approaches, where do we stand, specially with this years theme being Sustainable Tourism? Are we contributing enough to Sustainable tourism, are local inhabitants and community members enjoying full time employment, are the communities at your travel destination respected enough, are they empowered and educated enough to manage their business, are they gaining enough, is the natural habitat around them intact in its pristine natural form and are your travels part of their sustainable development? Ask around, if the indigenous peoples are reaping the full benefits of the value chain of the tourism industry, are the locals tracking their upliftment? Is the government helping them assess their cultural, health, environment and social impact? Do you as a traveler have permission to use their products and services, not just their fruits and rivers, but access to their fields and farms? Are the locals stressed out with so many tourists flocking,is their project small enough to be managed, is it being monitored? Has the biodiversity changed from what it used to be years ago? And why?
Ask your self these questions when you visit? Because each time you travel you must know that the host country, the local community pays a high cultural and environmental cost to fulfill your travel happiness quotient, after all.
More and more indigenous destination organizations should ask for government programs and policies to ensure their sustainability and help minimize adverse impacts on themselves. The vital principle is the recognition of ownership for indigenous territories, and with that the recognition of indigenous organizations as the main leaders in their areas of tourism. Tourism should build into the natural habitat plans, under indigenous management.
It is utmost important, that sustainable development in the area you have travelled, must have proof that tourism has benefited the indigenous communities, check out if it is well-managed and respected.Be a well researched responsible and respectful tourist, promoting sustainable tourism where you set foot.
Having travelled to the deep Amazon forests, Madagascar forests, and Nepal jungles, not to mention the great Australian dividing range and Bali volcanic mountains, as well as the Sri Lankan trails and Maldives mangroves filled with teaming wild life, drinking from the Jamaican waterfalls, diving deep sea in the Grand Cayman, and watching green turtles in the Mexican waters, Stingrays surrounding me in the Bahamas, shrimps chasing me at the Malaysian rivers, and corals breathing life into my eyes in the Great Barrier Reef and Havelock Andamans, not to mention Egypt, and Jordan, Dead sea and Red sea experiences……Been there done that! I will share with you my most fascinating experiences and not only enrich you but enthrall you to take on these journeys of a life time. Come with me. Its just one life we live! Come celebrate World Tourism Conclave and Awards with us.For more details and workshops on our Sustainable Development Programmes contact Elsie Gabriel firstname.lastname@example.org