Module Eight - Ecotourism Organizations and Policies - Online Lesson
Ecotourism Non-Government Organizations (NGO's) Classifications
Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) generally take either an advocacy role of highlighting the main issues around ecotourism, or a practical approach to ecotourism as a conservation and development tool.
NGOs with a practical approach to ecotourism as a conservation and development tool.
NGO Functions: The primary NGO functions are to protect and sustain natural resources while responding to participating stakeholders interests.
Primary funding for NGO's is membership dues.
Policy and Planning
Policy: A course of action or inaction that is advocated by a stakeholder and provides the broad guidelines that are intended to direct the development of a particular sector in the desired direction (Weaver, 2001, pg. 220)
Ecotourism planning involves a process that includes government, interested stakeholders (environmental and business organizations) and local community leaders/members.
Australian National Ecotourism Strategy (NES) Vision Statement: Australia will have an ecologically and culturally sustainable ecotourism industry that will be internationally competitive and domestically viable. Ecotourism in Australia will set an international example for environmental quality and cultural authenticity while realizing an appropriate return to the Australian community and conservation of the resources (CDOT, 1994, p.1).