The 4 pillars of eco-tourism
Ecotourism is a form of responsible travel to natural areas that help in conserving the environment, sustaining the well-being of the local people, and involving interpretation and educational activities. It builds cultural and environmental awareness
and encourages positive experience for visitors as well as hosts. At same time it minimizes the impact of tourism on the environment.
The 4 Pillars of eco-tourism:
▪ Environmental Stewardship: protecting the environment by implementing conservation and sustainable practices; committing to the protection and responsible use of the surroundings for future enjoyment.
▪ Ecological Connection: full engagement with land, flora or fauna in the environment.
▪ Community Empowerment: having a direct socioeconomic impact by diversifying, donating or employing locals.
▪ Cross-Cultural Engagement: interacting with the culture of the surrounding by learning new skills, history or sharing as more a spossible with local families. Cross-cultural engagement with another culture has a long lasting impact.