Some people argue that deforestation has its economic benefits and that developing the Amazon will have benefits for the people and economy of Brazil. However certain groups like world wildlife fund (wwf) are concerned because large amounts of animals and plant are becoming extinct. They argue that it is a global mistake and that in the long term this will only cause more problems for Brazil and the rest of the world. The best uses of the rainforest are those that help the people to improve their standard of life help the country to become more developed and wealthier and use the rainforest in a sustainable way so as not to damage the ecosystems of the rainforest. In order to draw up a conclusion to how the rainforest should be preserved I will look at the different types of uses of the Amazonia rainforest.
Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural area that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” by The International Ecotourism Society. Multitudes of areas around the world participate in ecotourism due to either their rare or unusual natural ecosystems. These ecotourism reserves are meant to conserve fragile environmental areas and teach the tourists about and how to protect the specific environments. But very few of these eco lodges or reserves are living up to the standards of conserving and educating. One example of a failure of the defined meaning of ecotourism is the Rio Quijos Eco-lodge in the Oriente region of Ecuador.
The debate over ecotourism's success as a tool for conservation and development in the developing world is aggravated by the dispute over what exactly ecotourism is. The International Ecotourism Society offers a succinct and often cited definition: “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” (TIES). Ecotourism is often tied to the concept of sustainable development. “Sustainable tourism development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future” (WTOa). As the notion of ecotourism gained popularity, Boo (1990) was one of the first to express reservations over ecotourism's potential.
First, ecotourism, according to The Ecotourism Society, is a purposeful travel to natural areas to understand the culture and the natural history of the environment; taking care not to alter the integrity of the ecosystem; producing economic opportunities that make the conservation of the natural resources beneficial to the local people (Ross, 1999). A second definition by The World Conservation Union’s Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas, defines ecotourism as an environmentally responsible travel and visitation to relatively undisturbed natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature that promotes conservation, has low visitor impact, and provides for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local populations (Ross, 1999). Many of the definitions of the word have the same basic meaning. When compared to mass tourism, ecotourism not only stresses the appropriate use of all resources, but also emphasizes community development to meet the economic, social, and cultural needs of the community (Khan, pg.988). Mass tourism on the other hand creates initiatives in Third World countries that are directed towards satisfying the needs of the tourists (Khan, pg.988).
However, ecotourism causes damage to the environment instead of conserving it. Chimerical authorities manage badly of the habitat, causing even more harm to the environment. Lack of attentiveness towards the environment also contributes to the cause for damages of the environment. Lastly, a raise of percentage of tourist flocking to the hotspot greatly diminishes any chance of preserving and conserving a habitat back to its natural state. Although eco-tourism brings more harm than benefits, it is still an ideal concept provided that people are well educated and have enough awareness to display its true concept.
Africa. The tourists mainly hail from highly industrialized countries seeking natural destinations which are undisturbed. This influx has mainly contributed by the availability of information for the interested tourists. The other reason explaining the extensive interest in ecotourism is the awareness spreading of the weakness of the ecosystems and environmental degradations happening in the world (WTO 1994; Ceballos-Lascuráin 1996).few tourist in the real sense take holidays with an objective to explore only nature therefore ecotourism still retains a small market segment. Although in the recent times tourist include a component of nature in their holiday tours and even move on to select an environmental-friendly approach to the tourism development
Ecological debasement results from tourism and also from general human movement. Ecotourism created as an approach to forestall and turn around this harm. Ecotourists separation themselves from standard inn travelers; they pay to rest in tents on stages in tropical rainforests, to swim along reefs, to stroll over a tree shelter on a net scaffold. What is blessed just plain silly is not generally so lucky for the neighborhood individuals. They esteem the biological system as it is and are willing to pay for its conservation.
A true nature-lover’s dream, ecotourism allows the average traveller to enjoy pristine nature in its original form. Ecotourism, also known as jungle tourism, responsible tourism, and sustainable development, is one of the fastest growing trends in the tourism industry. Defined as responsible travel that benefits environmental conservation and improves the well being of local people, it acts as an alternative to conventional tourism, aiming to educate the traveller, provide funds for ecological conservation, foster respect and increase awareness of different cultures. It is a truly unique experience, where one has the opportunity to visit a corner of the earth that has evaded the touch of human hands. Ecotourism was the product of the union of mass tourism and environmental awareness.
Ecotourism happens to be a special branch of tourism. The Conservation International defines it best saying it is “responsible travel that promotes the conservation of nature and sustains the well being of local people .” There has been dramatic growth of participation in outdoor recreation and ecotourism activities. The bad impacts of ecotourism have led to high demands and this has attracted tourist developers looking to access the environment, “answering the tourist’s demands”. Unfortunately, there are very few rules or regulations regarding ecotourism and its development. And because of the lack of rules tourism developers are destroying the environment.
Many varieties of turtles are already endangered in the rain forests because there is too much sediment and pollution in the rivers. I don’t think that these species should be considered in sustainable hunting programs. Finally, some of the ideas of these authors, including gathering insects, organizing plantations of fruit bearing trees and keeping animals that eat the fruits on the land as a "game farm," and developing resource units seem a little bit far fetched. All of the ideas of this paper do, however, merit careful review. Any use of a rain forest that maintains the biodiversity and all allows the ecosystem to remain intact is better than clear cutting.