Eco-Tourism, Outreach, and Education

Published: 19 August 2015
Last edited: 23 February 2017
Facilitating tourism to conservation areas provides alternative sources of income to local community members by increasing tours and providing room and board to tourists and travel representatives. Also, increased tourism reduces extraction and/or unsustainable use of natural resources, including turtles and their habitats. This raises awareness and provides education on hawksbill turtles, oceans, and general environmental stewardship.

Classifications

Category
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Local
National
Multi-national
Phase of solution
Entirety

Enabling factors

• Growing voluntourism sector, increasing market for outcome-oriented ecotourism.

Lessons learned

• Importance of international marketing to recruit volunteers, increase project’s exposure, and ultimately raise more funds to expand work. • Community festivals are an effective approach to raising awareness and cultivating youth stewardship.