"There exist many truly awe-inspiring places in the world that deserve special protection against excessive development and potential environmental destruction. Responsible destination ecotourism promotes greater awareness of a unique area through educational programs and by modelling community-based, low-impact tourist activities." From www.cesiak.org
The incorporation of ecologically responsible technologies, including systems for wetland waste management, rainwater collection, and solar and wind energy generation also creates opportunities for educational outreach programs and biological research. Successful eco-tourism models help provide for other sustainable development projects as well as informational resources for enjoying an area's diverse offerings of culture, heritage and natural resources while helping cities to not fall prey to the developmental destruction of these resources in trying economic times.
Defined by www.wikipedia.org, Ecotourism is travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. It helps educate the traveler; provides funds for conservation; directly benefits the economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and fosters respect for different cultures and for human rights.
Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism) is a form of tourism, that appeals to ecologically and socially conscious individuals. Generally speaking, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, personal growth and learning new ways to live on the planet. It typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism is a conceptual experience, enriching those who delve into researching and understanding the environment around them. It gives us insight into our impacts as human beings and also a greater appreciation of our own natural habitats.
Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation and creation of economic opportunities for the local communities.