Sustainable tourism is the offer of tourism services to tourists, with special attention to raising the awareness of sustainability issues and practices. Sustainable tourism is part of a continuous process of on-going monitoring of impacts along with the necessary measures to be made. Not only is sustainable tourism aimed on preserving nature but also at preserving culture of local communities of an area.
Sustainable tourism can be perceived as a general understanding. Within this apprehension appear other terms such as, ecotourism, responsible tourism, geotourism and voluntourism that all have to do with sustainable tourism but have their own expertise area.
So what about sustainable tourism in Ecuador? Well, Ecuador is known as one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. It is known as the country with cloud forests containing the greatest variety of plant species with approximately 16% of the world’s plant species. Besides plants, is Ecuador also home to a great variety of animal species, such as the jaguar, the tortoise and the iguana.
Ecuador is inhabited by one of the strongest indigenous groups in South America that represent 7% of the whole population. There are even groups of uncontacted people in the Amazon. The indigenous own large forest lands in Ecuador, however deforestation, pollution through oil gold, etc. is affecting their lands and their integrity. It is up to the authorities to preserve these areas and to protect their lands and culture. It is therefore essential for the indigenous people to be recognized by authorities in order to be preserved.
Tourism is the 4th largest industry in Ecuador. Particularly the Galapagos Islands is a popular tourist destination because of its bio-diverse ecosystem. Also, is the peninsula responsible for 11% of Ecuador’s tourism income and for 14% of the sector’s employment.
As tourism pressure in the peninsula is increasing, more awareness is raised and more pressure is put on the authorities to create sustainable management practises towards the environmental and conversation challenges within the tourism sector of the whole country. As a consequence, authorities developed strategies that diminish environmental impact. Tourism companies are ought to offer tour packages with special attention to the environment and to raise this awareness to their clients too.
Ecuador recognizes the importance of sustainable tourism and together with the government, several stakeholders developed sustainable tourism standards that are acknowledged by tourism companies in Ecuador or tourism companies selling packages to Ecuador. Several sustainable tourism programmes are set up by the government and partners, such as Socio Bosque.
The goal of this programme is to preserve the nature of Ecuador by reducing green house emissions, work against deforestation and to preserve the living environment of native species in Ecuador. The programme imposes sanctions on companies to preserve the environment and to not leave the environment damaged. Click here to learn more about their practises. Also at the Galapagos Islands, many sustainable tourism programmes are active, as the islands are known for its great diversity of animal species and plant species. For this reason, it is important to preserve the islands. Many sustainable programmes are set up and the government even set up a law to preserve the nature of the islands. Big companies such as, WWF and UNESCO set up special programmes to preserve the place.The Charles Darwin research centre also has a Galapagos Conservancy programme to protect the species and nature living on the island.
We, as a company, work with sustainable tourism too. We value Ecuador’s bio-diversity and we want to preserve the beautiful nature of the country. For this reason, we support local communities and we sell tours that are organized with special attention to the preservation of the nature, such as the tours to the Amazon and more. Discover sustainable tourism yourself and join one of our Amazon tours!
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