Principles of Ecotourism

What is Ecotourism?

"Travel to natural areas that fosters environmental understanding, appreciation and conservation, and sustains the culture and well being of local people."
(Young & Goudberg 1992)

01

Ethics

Principle 1

It must promote positive environmental ethics fostering preferred behaviours in its participants.

02

Wildlife

Principle 2

It must benefit the wildlife and the environment.

03

Environment

Principle 3

It has a first hand experience with the natural environment.

04

Education

Principle 4

It has an expectation of gratification that is measured in terms of education and/or appreciation rather than in thrill seeking or physical achievement.

05

Experience

Principle 5

It has a high cognitive and effective experiential dimension.

06

Values

Principle 6

It is more a philosophy as to how to do business than a type of business!

07

Sustainability

Principle 7

It is values, ethics and the desire to have sustainable tourism.