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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism (ESTC) Conference 2013 in Nairobi Kenya

 

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is the most well known and respected organization in the ecotourism industry.
TIES describes itself as “a non-profit association committed to promoting responsible tourism practices that benefit conservation and communities.”
There are over 500 organizations that are members of TIES in this global network that reach over 120 countries.
TIES is a global community  with over 1,200 members from professionals  and organizations spanning over 120 countries.
TIES and its members are dedicated to  promoting the principles of ecotourism   defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)
Every year TIES organizes the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) as a networking and educational event to help stake holders share ideas and form collaborations in order to advance the sustainability goals for the tourism industry.
I was delighted to attend the 2011 ESTC conference in Hilton Head South Carolina near where I live. The number of contacts and educational presentations were well worth the visit.
The local “Gullah” people of Hilton Head island are still talking about how great it was to have the ESTC conference in their home town.  One Gullah woman recently told me “It was one of the first times they met people who understood them.”
The 2013 ESTC conference is being held in Nairobi, Kenya September 24-27.  This is an excellent event for all tourism professionals and ecotourism stakeholders.  Go to http://www.ecotourismconference.org/

 

Finding the Underappreciated Value in Natural Resources

The underappreciated values of natural resources

What are Natural Resources?1319_xf8q9z1orv_m

The definition of natural resources is “a resource (actual and potential) that is provided by nature”

Natural resources are often taken in consideration when evaluating the wealth of a country.  Wealth is measured by the amount of minerals, timber, water, and commercially important animals such fish, birds, mammals, invertebrates that can provide tangible goods are considered for sale on the market.

Their importance is evaluated by what they can provide if they are extracted or harvested and sold.

 

Yet the value of natural resources is much greater than that.

The true value of natural resources is often overlooked.

The economic potential of extracting and harvesting is minimal when compared to what they can provide if they are maintained and nurtured.

When one realizes the outdoor recreation industry is nearly double the size of automotive and fuel industry, the the idea for economic impact could be much greater when one thinks about conserving and nurturing.

Wildlife viewing by birders is considered one the fastest growing recreation activities in the United States (Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America).

Birders spent an estimated $12 billion on trip expenditures and $24 billion on equipment expenditures in 2006.

People will also spend a ton on outdoor photography.

As huge as the outdoor recreation industry is, it is just one small part of the value of natural resources.

Nurturing an active outdoor economy can provide numerous advantages if it is done correctly.  There can be tremendous benefit to education, scientific discovery, and quality of life of the people.

It is the goal of this site to provide intelligent methods and strategies to help communities increase their benefit from their natural resources responsibly.

I hope that this provides you with some food for thought.

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