With human consciousness increasingly becoming more aware and alarmed at our impact on the planet, interest and enthusiasm for sustainable travel are growing.
Gone are the days where a holiday was all about days at the pool, topping up your tan and putting your feet up. Travel is now becoming more about immersing yourself in the culture, native living and embracing the natural landscapes.
Why Do We Need Sustainable Tourism?
Regrettably, whilst giving a lot of economies a much needed financial boost, the history of tourism is often marred with destruction, concrete buildings, pollution and lack of respect for nature. The most popular go-to destinations have resulted in over-commercialization and the moving away from tradition and innate cultural experiences.
Sustainable tourism still allows for a form of income for the area, but it is done in a considered and positive way that has little-to-no impact on the ecosystem and heavily involves the local community.
By encouraging and advocating sustainable tourism, we are reducing the effects being had on societies, the depletion of natural resources and the impact that we are having on global warming.
Businesses that take part in sustainable tourism help to support these principles by taking the right decisions to make a positive impact on their host communities as well as the conservation of environment and culture.
Sustainable Rainforest Travel
Rainforests aren’t simply about a collection of trees. Whilst trees are integral to the overall functioning of the planet (oxygen production), rainforests are considered to also house around 50% of the plants and animals found on the earth.
Implausible amounts of the rainforests are destroyed every year to make way for commercialization. But what currently remains is an incredible and inconceivably beautiful collection of landscapes.
By encouraging sustainable rainforest travel now – before it is too late – the economic benefits will hopefully outweigh the perceived advantages of its destruction.
The concepts of Sustainable travel and Ecotourism share similar concepts and principles but sustainable travel includes all types of travel backpacking, adventure, and luxury etc. I have written more about Ecotourism which you can find in this article.
Sustainable travel encourages environmental conservation, improvement of local or host economies as well as social development. These include community projects, training, and employment of local community, water and energy conservation, supporting local businesses by purchasing locally produced products and wastes recycling etc.
What is needed for Sustainable Rainforest Travel?
- The employing of local and native inhabitants to be used within the tourism structure
- The avoidance of over-burden on the area: whilst publicity is great for boosting interest, sustainable travel within the rainforests can be become destructive by over-population with tourists
- The encouragement and highlighting of not just the environmental beauty of the rainforests but also the importance of the economic and social interests within the local areas
What Are The Benefits Of Sustainable Rainforest Travel?
- Tourism can lift the effects of poverty within the local communities, encourage employment and educational opportunities
- It can allow for the simultaneous improvement of the local economy whilst ensuring that the area’s natural habitat remains unharmed
- The encouragement of more wealthy nations visiting areas of poorer economic standing can educate, teach and enthuse the need to help
- The importance of conservation of the rainforests is of paramount importance, especially in terms of natural medicinal discoveries, global warming and ensuring opportunities and hope for upcoming generations
What Can We Do To Help With Sustainable Rainforest Travel?
- Maintain the awareness of the importance of balance between the requirements of the tourists, the needs of the natives and the necessities of nature
- Respecting the local cultures and environment – do no litter, enjoy but take accountability
- Buy local and do your part for the local economy
- Be mindful of the travellers’ impact on indigenous wildlife and endangered species
- Remember that our planet and its resources, like water and energy, are to be treasured so treat them carefully and with respect
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