So what is eco tourism?
Riding on a 4 wheel drive and hit the forest ? No
Eco-tourism is more on ‘conserving’. Conserve the environment so that it can improve the well being of the locals – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).
So when you think about to build something to attract tourist in an area that is natural, you must think to leave it as it is so that it will not destroyed by human development. If not with minimal impact on it such as forest cutting.
Imagine if humankind can realize the impact of ‘conserving’ as early as modernization era struck the world where people build sky rise building. Maybe now we stood between a hundred years old tree like sandalwood, teak, meranti, cengal … and our office or bank in the city. With shrub everywhere. A refreshing living huh? Maybe the bad thing is Tiger wondering around in front of your office..
The first thing we think when developing a land is to scrap it out, tear it and flatten in like a field in the dessert. Forest vanishing is one thing, river polluted with dirt from the construction site is another thing. Maybe in the future we can create a development project that ‘blend’ with the nature…
So if you like to conserve for the future of mankind, from doing a demo that will bringing traffic jam and add more garbage on the street. Better you do a volunteer work.
At The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) website, they have build a map that point every organization / travel agent that you can work with to do the eco tourism activities. Just open the website here, go to ecotourism explorer and pick which country. Then it will display to you the name, the address and the contact.
Written by Asmaliana@asmaliana.com