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3. Economic Development Through Eco-Friendly Tourism

Economic Development Through Eco-friendly Tourism

Ecotourism, also known as eco-friendly tourism, is a form of tourism that appeals to ecologically and socially conscious individuals. In the past it has been associated  with experiences focused on volunteering, personal growth, and learning new ways to live on the planet; typically involving travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.   

Some now have broadened their understanding of Ecotourism to include making choices to travel to destinations that promote sustainability and care of the environment.

As social consciousness re: the environment continues to grow, more and more people will make choices to travel to places with best sustainability practices.

There are many strategies available to improve sustainability in a community.  The Waves of Change Blue Community program offers several strategies to get started.

A few of these strategies include:

  1. Improved building codes for energy efficiency and disaster reduction.
  2. Promoting public transportation and use of bicycles and pedestrian walkways.
  3. Promoting local organic food and reducing fertilizer pollution
  4. Water Conservation
  5. Promotion of Sustainable Seafood
  6. Using White Roofs for energy efficiency
  7. Using renewable energy sources 
  8. Waste Management
  9. Protect Coastal Habitat
  10. Reducing plastic bags and water bottles
  11. Developing clean marinas through programs such as the Blue Flag program
  12. Developing coastal zone planning based on sustainability practices.

Each of these strategies have cost saving components as well as practices to increase the sustainability of a community thus increasing the possibilities of visits from those seeking ecotourism or sustainability preferences.

Together the strategies of sustainability, disaster reduction, and ecotourism will assist the Caribbean Region on a path to a healthier and more prosperous future.

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