Ecotourism Can Save the World
Ecotourism has the potential to benefit the nature and the people with its wide range of services. It should be able to provide visitors to natural areas with unique and valuable experiences while conserving the natural ecosystem and improving the quality of life for local people.
Two areas are focused on at the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation Ecotourism Research Group: Economic Development and Environmentally Sustainable Development.
To successfully achieve ecotourism’s potential benefits, it must be well understood and managed. Ecotourism requires extensive research and well-trained practitioners to plan and manage the recreational and natural resources visitors demand. For further information and guidance about the economic benefits of ecotourism can be found in the Publications section.
Development of ecotourism on Florida's private and public lands impacts the natural resources surrounding ecotourism sites. The long-term health and access to natural attractions depends on the growth of the business and the decision to pursue sustainable practices. More information about environmentally sustainable development can be found under the Publications section.