Essay - Tourism the Environmental Impact of Tourism Hear the Word 'Tourist'...

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The Environmental Impact of Tourism

Hear the word 'tourist' and what comes to mind—a man or woman wearing shorts and a pair of Bermuda shorts. Hardly ***** image of the typical conservationist. And indeed, the environmental impact of conventional *****urism can be profoundly deleterious to ***** environment. The excess of additional human beings in an area, often human ***** with little concern for the local ecosystem ***** put enormous pressure on *****ally vulnerable areas in terms of the land's ability ***** sustain life. Tourism can increase soil erosion, air and water pollution, release ***** discharges into the sea, increase ***** rate of natural habitat loss, put additional pressure on endangered species' ability to find food and shelter, and ***** an area's vulnerability to forest fires. It ***** puts a str*****in ***** ***** resources, and it can force wildlife populations ***** compete for the use of scarce but cr*****ical *****. Oil spills, run offs, and a gener*****l ***** of biological diversity from tourist fishing and hunting, and an increase of fossil fuels from pl*****es all are result from tourism's taxation of the ecosystem ("Three Main Impact Areas," Environmental *****s of Tourism, 2002).

However, tourism can also contri*****e to directly ***** ***** conservation ***** sensitive areas and habitats, as revenue from park and entrance fees the money gained ***** tourist's infusion of new currency into the area can be allocated specifically to pay for the protection and management of the environment ("How Tourism Can Contribute to Conservation," Environmental Impacts of Tourism, 2002). International tourism rein*****s the idea that all persons are a part of a world community ***** act ***** a reminder of how precious the ***** resources ***** the world c*****n ***** for all persons, regardless of where they c***** home. Finally, tourism ********** provide local populations with employment in ways that do not tax the natural resources, such as rampant industrialism, or force *****m to abandon their local customs and culture ("Socio-Cultural Imp*****s of Tourism," Environmental Impacts of *****, 2002).

***** Cited

***** Main Impact Are*****." Environmental ***** of Tourism. 2002. Last updated 2001. [17 Feb 2006]

How Tourism Can ***** to Conservation." ***** ********** of Tourism. *****. Last ***** 2001. [17 Feb 2006]

***** Impacts of Tourism." Environmental Impacts ***** Tourism. 2002. Last updated 2001. [17 ***** 2006]*****.htm


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