Nothing is forever, except extinction…
A basic principle of nature is its interconnectedness. All species including humans exist within the wider framework of an ecosystem, where everything is interrelated and interdependent. Nothing exists in isolation.
Ecosystems are very fragile. Species need sufficient space to thrive and evolve. Ecological sustainability is essential if we are to preserve our environmental inheritance.
Create a path and people will walk on it…
Space is becoming an increasing problem with the growth in the world’s population and this alone threatens wildlife habitats and often results in animal-human conflict.
Human intelligence predominantly dominates and exploits the natural world, threatening the long term survival of nature reserves and national parks and our oceans.
Advances in transport and technology have made almost everywhere on the planet accessible, encroaching on the last few expanses of true wilderness.
Finding the balance…
Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing contributors to GDP. It can also be a catalyst for investment in local infrastructure, and contribute to poverty reduction.
The challenge for Governments and commercial tourism is weighing up the economic benefits against preserving the natural habitats of wildlife.
Tourism can play a key role in sustainable conservation and the long term survival of endangered species when there is a comprehensive evaluation of the environment and long term strategic policy implementation and management to support them.
Policy starts with people…
A policy for ecological sustainability must start with the local people – understanding the real issues and costs involved at the micro level, increasing their awareness of the value of their natural environment and offering constructive and mutually beneficial solutions to ensure their commitment.
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