Blue Community Program Coastal Sustainability Best Practices

Tourism Best Practices: Conserving Landscapes and Biodiversity

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The tourism industry can have major impacts on ecosystems, landscapes and existing biodiversity in the communities in which they operate. Land development, large contingents of guest interacting with local plant and animal life, increased demand for natural resources, and loss of natural habit areas are some of the effects stemming from tourism. For the tourism industry to continue to expand and flourish, it is essential that sustainable development methods are implemented, and maximum efforts are taken to limit negative environmental impacts.

To help preserve local landscapes and ecosystems, sustainable tourism operators can adopt and employ best practices which will minimize their impact on the host community. These practices are a set of standards and policies that have proven to be successful in promoting environmental responsibility in the respective areas.

Preserving local landscapes is important for many reasons, as land development can lead to negative impacts such as a loss of cultural heritage areas and threats against local plant and wildlife species. This is especially true in coastal areas Florida, where wetland and native sand dune areas are lost because of unsustainable develop methods. To limit these negative impacts, best practices can be implemented so that land development is done in areas that will not impose on local nature preservations areas, landmarks, historical sites, and other sensitive regions.

To promote successful ecosystems and a flourishing biodiversity, sustainable tourism organizations can help fund natural preservation areas which can accommodate species that are threatened as a result of habitat loss. Conserving the natural habitats and wildlife of these regions is also important to the long-term success of the tourism industry, as the beauty of nature and popularity of ecotourism can be deciding factors for tourists when choosing their destinations. Adopting best practices that protects the ecosystems, landscapes and biodiversity is beneficial to all stakeholders in the tourism industry.

 

 

 

References:

Kiper, T. (2012). Role of Ecotourism in Sustainable Development. Retrieved November 1, 2017, from http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/45414/InTech-Role_of_ecotourism_in_sustainable_development_.pdf

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Sanders, S. (2017). Tourism Best Practices: Conserving Landscapes and Biodiversity. Retrieved from http://www.bluecommunity.info/view/blog/59fa81870cf2139039278b0f

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