The tourist industry does more harm than good.

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Re: The tourist industry does more harm than good.

Post by lenagraham » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:43 pm

Tourism is one of the most powerful tools we have for convincing governments to save nature. For example, if tourists did not travel to see wildlife in Botswana’s celebrated Okavango Delta - home to some of the largest remaining elephant herds – the Delta’s vast grasslands would have long ago been converted to cattle ranches. The same with Brazil’s Pantanal, the largest freshwater wetland on Earth – nearly half of it is protected today by ecotourism lodges and camps. The list goes on. Flying contributes about 4% of global carbon emissions – bad enough - compared with deforestation, which accounts for almost 20 percent of harmful C02, more than all forms of transportation combined. The issue is not to stop traveling, but how to get it right (which will also help prevent deforestation). And that is where sustainable tourism principles come in, defined by three key pillars: environmentally-friendly practices; support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and direct and tangible benefits to local people. The question is no longer does sustainable tourism work – hundreds of well documented case studies have revealed it does. Rather, the real question is how far can we take it to truly transform the travel and tourism industry for the better.
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