Ecotourism in Australia and its effects

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Ecotourism in Australia

Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

Ecotourism is an important factor in maintaining and keeping our natural heritages the way they are. Ecotourism is simply traveling responsibly to natural areas which conserve the environment and the well being of local people, or in another way tourism in which there are little or even no impacts on the natural environment where people are going to have their activities.

There are many aims of ecotourism;

o Contributes actively to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage,

o Includes local and indigenous communities in its planning, development and operation, contributing to their well-being,

o Interprets the natural and cultural heritage of the destination to visitor,

o Lends itself better to independent travelers, as well as to organized tours

for small size groups".

o conserve biological (and cultural) diversity, by strengthening protected area management systems (public or private) and increasing the value of sound ecosystems;

o promote the sustainable use of biodiversity, by generating income, jobs and business opportunities in ecotourism and related business networks, and

o Share the benefits of ecotourism developments equitably with local communities and indigenous people, by obtaining their informed consent and full participation in planning and management of ecotourism businesses.

Uluru (Ayer's Rock, by its European name) is the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site in the centre of Australia. Like a great rock magnet, it draws "ecotourists" from all over the world. By park rules, tourists stay in a lodging complex (with facilities ranging from deluxe to backpackers) built 20 kilometres from Uluru.

About 80 percent of the power in the complex is solar. Park fees are paid to the Aborigines (who own the land)...