According to the International Ecotourism
Society ecotourism is:
'Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment
and sustains or even improves the well-being and welfare of
The Ecotourism Association of Australia goes a step further,
'Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on
experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and
cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation'.
You can do your bit by cutting down on air travel, basing
your holiday around nature and other cultures to gain an appreciation
of them, and supporting the protection of natural areas by
generating economic benefits for host communities. You should
try to minimise the negative impacts your visit might have
on natural, social and economic environments, and never buy
souvenirs derived from plants or animals.
an MSc thesis on the potentials of ecotourism in Slovakia,
and learn more about this country’s wildlife and the
efforts afoot to conserve it.