Eco Tourism : Features

There are 35 documents in this section.

  • The new Riviera? No, the old Mediterranean

    6 August 2004

    It's summer in the northern hemisphere, and millions of people are heading to the Mediterranean's hottest new destination: Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian Islands. But while they've often been dubbed "the new Riviera", a growing number of local people are working hard to ensure the holiday hype doesn't come true. Emma Duncan reports on how one tiny island is tackling mass tourism.

  • Can tourism save the Great Barrier Reef?

    27 November 2003

    Coral bleaching has once again returned to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, awakening fears that this signals the demise of this natural wonder. Now scientists are turning to tourists to help with research into the problem.

  • Keeping the natural magic of Shangri-la

    19 May 2003

    In 2002, the Chinese government officially renamed the breath-takingly beautiful county of Zhongdian, in Yunnan Province, as "Shangri-la". It did so as a tribute to a place which is known as the original Shangri-la. It was also intended to boost the growing flood of tourists into an area to which outsiders were long forbidden entry. Here Caroline Liou reports on these tourist pressures and one project which is helping local people to deal with them.

  • Farmers join Costa Rica tourist network

    31 March 2003

    Farmers struggling to make a living in Costa Rica's Talamanca mountain region near the border of Panama are pinning economic hopes on small-scale ecotourism, which has given them an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit and new-found environmental ethic. Katiana Murillo reports.

  • Eco-tourism for the city

    20 February 2003

    A popular guidebook on Sri Lanka describes Colombo (the capital) as an 'odorous crush that will either instantly repel or draw you in by its charms'. If you're only on a short trip to Sri Lanka, the book goes on to say, 'you may wish to pass Colombo by'. The message is clear - get out of the city and onto the beaches if you want to enjoy your visit. But, says Harriet Festing, the most sustainable tourism is in the cities.

  • Chanting the ecotourism mantra in India

    30 September 2002

    If there is an ideal ecotourism destination in India, it is Sikkim. This eastern Himalayan state of India with its pristine mountains, crystal clear lakes and rich cultural and natural diversity, is fast gaining popularity. Attracting some 200,000 tourists a year, of which 12,000 are foreigners, it has witnessed a 15 per cent growth in the past three years. Rustam Vania reports on the country's potential for ecotourism development.

  • A showcase for sustainable tourism in Turkey

    13 August 2002

    In Çirali, a coastal community on the south-western Anatolian coast of Turkey, WWF has created a successful model of sustainable tourism, with the local community actively participating in conservation activities and reaping economic benefits from their environment.

  • Uganda's troubled tourism finds women saviours

    7 June 2002

    A rescue effort for Uganda's declining tourism industry has come from an unlikely source - rural women.

  • A new kind of tourism in Panama

    19 February 2002

    The Kuna indigenous people of Panama with a long tradition of self-rule, are developing their own vision of nature and cultural tourism. Many Kuna are determined to develop tourism in a way that won't alter their customs or their environment. And the Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge, a Kuna non-profit group, is trying to help interested communities plan to manage this potentially profitable enterprise.

  • Resort plays parent to Green Sea Turtles

    14 January 2002

    For many years, tourism development has been blamed for the decline of turtles in the 1,190 Maldive islands, alongside the demand for tortoiseshell products, turtle eggs and turtle meat. Now turtles are protected by law, and one award-winning eco-tourist resort is taking a lead in saving the endangered Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas). John Rowley reports.