Tourism and Natural environment are relatively dependent on each other. Who is a tourist and what does tourism entail? Tourism is not just a holiday activity, it has grown beyond that. The insatiable taste for sightseeing and the love for natural environments have given birth to a global phenomenon.
Nowadays people travel thousands of kilometres for sightseeing just to relate to areas that are naturally endowed. Tourism is a billion dollar industry and most countries are investing heavily to protect Natural resources to tap into this money-spinning venture.
It has become imperative that agencies around the world do their utmost best to protect and conserve in its primitive stage the natural environment in their domain.
In terms of tourism, the environment is understood as a destination or place which is used for tourism. This could include mountains, national parks, rainforests, safaris and many others. Heritage sites of our ancestors and cultural inclination of a group of people can also be considered as part of an environment for tourism.
The Interdependent Relationship Between Tourism And Natural Environment
Tourism is one of the major sources of foreign investments for developed and developing countries. In recent times, it has increasingly focused on the natural environment. As a double edge activity, it has the potential to contribute positively to the socio-economic growth of a state, and also its uncontrolled growth can lead to environmental degradation, loss of identity and cultural heritage.
Tourists are mainly attracted to biological and natural resources but sometimes the stress imposed by tourist activities on environmental resources poses a great challenge. The negative impacts on tourism on the environment begin to set in when visitor use is greater than the environment’s ability to cope. So the very successful tourist industry may lead to environmental degradation.
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Positive Impacts Of Tourism
- Tourism helps achieve economic development, growth, and diversification of related activities. Developing countries benefit immensely from tourism.
- Ecotourism (tourism based on the environment) is vital, despite its negative impact, with significant benefits in terms of conservation of natural environment and sustainable growth potential.
- With increased tourist activity the public appreciation for the environment can improve. This can have a snowballing effect of spreading awareness about environmental problems and the need for conservation.
- Sustained tourist activity can contribute to environmental protection, restoration, and conservation. The attractiveness of pristine sites can lead to the creation of national and wildlife parks.
Negative Impacts Of Tourism
- Ecosystems and natural habitat can be damaged by tourism and tourist infrastructure. Fragmentation of the natural habitat by tourist activities like cuisine, recreational boating, and cars happen all the time.
- Tourist infrastructure like bridges and other construction activities can adversely affect wildlife.
The choices we make have a direct impact on conservational benefits. The destination we pick out, the travel options and the activities we decide to engage in all have beneficial effects on natural conservation.
For many countries, especially developing countries the money generated from eco-tourism and vacation is what is used to fuel the conservation, building of national parks and support livelihoods. Most protected areas rely heavily on tourism to continue operations. The tourist fees, gate fees, and park fees are all utilized for the common good of the environment.
Tourism in some countries has seen significant improvement in lands and areas set aside for conservation purposes. Currently, in South Africa, there are more private reserves set aside for conservation purposes than there are public reserves.
People are beginning to see the need for the sustained conservation of delicate natural resources and land endowment.
Conservation of land areas for tourism has positively contributed to direct species conservation. Operators are well aware that they need to deliver a wildlife experience to tourist, so they do all they can to enact laws and game reserve policies that protect wildlife in choice areas.
What about the locals? They have also benefited from tourism and natural environmental conservation. Increases in employment opportunities, enhanced livelihood, and local exposure are some of the many benefits locals have gained from tourism and environmental conservation.