Statement on Ecotourism, a result of the
Global Ecotourism Conference 2007
The International Ecotourism Society in August 15, 2007.
marked an important step forward in the global ecotourism community’s
efforts to strengthen its voice, and to put sustainability on the agenda
of all sectors of the tourism industry. This Statement serves both as a
summary of the discussions that took place during GEC07 and a practical
tool for those seeking to improve their sustainability practices and
those interested in learning more about ecotourism and its challenges".
Tourism Development and Climate Change: Understanding, Anticipating,
Adapting, Participating in the Common Effort, published by
UN-World Tourism Organization.
"There are few activities – besides agriculture, perhaps – that are
dependent on meteorology and climatology, that is to say, both the
prevailing weather and longterm climate changes, as tourism. Tourism
and leisure are based on a range of activities that, in large part,
take place outdoors. Generally speaking, tourism loves good weather
– and tourists as well!"
Mountains: A Practical Guide to Manage the Environmental and Social
Impacts of Mountain Tours, published by
"Mountain communities include several thousand different ethnic
groups, and the uniqueness and diversity of these cultures is
particularly attractive to many tourists. Well-managed tourism can
be an ally in preserving local culture and values, while at the same
time improving the social conditions of the poor and local
communities. Poorly managed tourism, however, can contribute to the
loss of cultural integrity and identity through cultural
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