Nature travel and rainforests

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Abstract

Many countries needing hard currency for their treasuries sell their rainforest timber to foreign interests. Due to this practice, rainforests in developing Central and South American countries are disappearing at an alarming rate. These forests also contain undiscovered natural resources as well as unique nature and cultural travel destinations. Large numbers of today’s tourists will pay well to visit these attractions. The Environmental Conservation Tourism Association (ECTA) proposes developing tourism attractions as a viable alternative to destructive logging. Income from this kind of tourism can flourish for many years and generate additional income from other tourist related businesses while saving the resource. Large scale extractive logging on the other hand offers a one time payment and the destruction of the resource. However, countries can develop nature and cultural tourism and also harvest rainforest timber if sustainable development logging, which is being employed in Costa Rica, is practiced. Both of these developmental approaches will preserve the natural resource while creating revenues

Author-supplied keywords

  • america latina y el caribe
  • bosques naturales
  • bosques tropicales
  • economía ambiental
  • ecosistemas
  • ecoturismo
  • gestión de recursos ambientales
  • movimiento ambientalista
  • zonas de reserva forestal
  • Áreas protegidas

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  • Gene Cope

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