E- EcoTourism

By webchoiceadmin On April 05, 2014 · Add Comment · E- EcoTourism

Ecotourism

Collins Dictionary

Ecology – n – the study of the relationships between people, animals and plants, and their environment. Ecologist –n

 

The various areas of Norfolk must have one major factor that combines them and that is infrastructure. With limited train lines and bus services that are as rare as hens teeth  it has become a very difficult place to visit and get around without the use of ones car.

We occasionally have a couple turn up on their bikes or even rarer walking, however, I’m not sure where green policies, recycling, water use etc. end and the principles of Ecotourism begin.

Taken from;

TIES (The International Tourism Society)

The Definition:

Ecotourism is: “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)

Principles of Ecotourism:

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.

I am not clear whether NNDC (North Norfolk District Council) offer any schemes to help promote the above principles.

Visit England Operate green tourism award schemes, not much good to the independent as you have to pay to join

http://www.visitengland.org/busdev/accreditation/greenschemes/Validation/gtbs.aspx

So why pick EcoTourism? I hope to open a debate and/or encourage opinions from those who visit my blogs on Norfolk England.

I hope this AtoZ Challenge is going to encourage me to explore more a subject I know very little about.

Personally, I believe the tourism industry, one of the largest industries in the county, should be given more information and awareness to enable better understanding of the subject; we shouldn’t have to pay to join this scheme or that scheme? However, it is only when you scratch the surface and read the tremendous volume of reports and studies available you realise the depth of the issue.

For example file:///C:/Users/Michael/Downloads/NESS09_Appleton%20(1).pdf this report (2009) on sustainability of The Broads gives a true depth to the subject, however, someone in, say, North Norfolk may feel it is not in their jurisdiction to become involved in another authorities issue? Surely we are all tied in together, our guests cover tremendous distance whilst visiting, usually covering the whole of North Norfolk and The Broads with perhaps a visit to the city of Norwich too, racking up hundreds of road miles over a week. Where are the alternatives?

I don’t think ecology/ecotourism and Norfolk currently sit too comfortably together? But would love to hear from some of the bloggers out there who have ecology at the heart of their business or soul.

 

4 thoughts on “E- EcoTourism”

  1. I have ecology at the heart of my soul and employment and will ponder on this post. I’ve worked with local destination partnerships in the past and wonder what partnerships are available in your area. Good luck with your exploratory debates and the rest of the AtoZ.

  2. Visiting from the A-Z Challenge.

    I had to take a minute after seeing the name of your blog to see whether we were only minutes apart from one another. Alas, you are in England and I am in the States. The city next to mine is Norfolk, VA. It would have been cool if we were neighbors. Have a great week!
    Amanda at His and Her Hobbies

  3. I have not been to Norfolk but I did DC and NYC all on foot…I bike around town where I live- to work and school…the only way to travel :0
    Happy A-Z April!

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