(Last Updated On: January 10, 2013)

If the idea of combining the aspects of having the time of your life holidaying, while also doing your part towards conservation of Mother Nature appeals to you, then it might be just what you would be interested in.

What is ecotourism?

It is a form of tourism that involves visiting of protected areas that would result as lower impacts to the environment and is often a small scale endeavor as compared to the standard commercial tourism. The primary purpose of eco tourism is to educate the travelers of the importance of conserving and protecting nature and also respect the different cultures across the world. They are encouraged to provide funds for ecological betterment thereby directly benefitting the economic development and political empowerment of local communities.

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Importance of ecotourism:

The importance of eco tourism is fast spreading and more and more travelers and travel companies are taking efforts to ensure their holiday trip is planned to be eco friendly. Chalked out below are key points of importance of this concept:

  • Earth is yours, protect it! Ecotourism is a lot more than a mere trendy vacation concept; it is a vital part of keeping the planet safe and green for the future generations to come. It encourages conservation of nature.
  • Serves as a fueling agent: It provides the much needed acceleration force for the drive towards awareness that educates the public on the importance of environmental issues and also explains the consequences before they occur.
  • Ignites the ‘Go-green’ movement: The awareness that eco tourism creates results in a movement for conservation and protection of the environment. Without this awareness, public won’t get motivated to be a part of this conservation movement.
  • Encourages you to be a responsible traveler: Supporting the eco tourism movement is not just a leisure activity; it is a vital part of the safety of our society and the natural world.

Eco-tourism scenario in India:

For the ones who stand for the concept of eco-touring, the opportunities are plenty. India, the land of varied geography offers several tourist destinations that take you closer to nature thereby not just de-stressing you but also rejuvenating you. The concept of eco-tourism is hitting India in a big way and a large number of organizations seriously dedicated in promoting environmental friendliness have cropped up of late.

Loopholes in eco-tourism:

There are quite a few loop holes in this new travel concept that one needs to keep in mind prior to considering a responsible travel trip organized by the very many travel agents.

  • Be well informed of the duties of an eco-traveler: All eco-travelers are expected to be well aware of their duties towards mother earth and even if they are not they would be adept at it at the end of the trip. Many a time’s travel agencies overlook the fact that their packages include quite a bit that is not eco-friendly.
  • Do your homework on eco-tourism before going to a travel agent: Eco-tourism has become more of a fashionable term often associated with status and style rather than environmental consciousness. Travel agencies lure people promising them real eco-tour experiences. However, you might end up visiting the same crowded sightseeing locations under the pretext of being on an eco-friendly tour. Do your research prior to appointing a travel agent and make sure you get only the real stuff.
  • Beware of travel operators who do not keep their word: There are a lot of operators who mint money at the expense of natural resources and local populations. Some of them promise food in their tour packages to be organic and other essentials like as paper, food boxes etc to be recyclable. Don’t take their word to be final, rather research before finalizing your trip with them.

Support_EcotourismPromote_EcotourismSadly these days, it is a common phenomenon for every travel operator to call himself an eco-tour organizer. Moreover tourism whichever it is includes cars, trains and planes as part of the travel. All these modes of transportation do result in some sort of harmful effect to environment.

Therefore, to end on a practical note, it has to be understood that there is a lot we can do from our end to help conserve nature, while there are those other aspects for which we are indirectly responsible, that cause harmful effects on nature. Hence, our aim should be to balance the good and the bad and help neutralize the harmful effects on nature and pay back with gratitude for all that it has given us!