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Ecotourism starter • Watch the movie- think about these questions • What is ecotourism? • What does it aim to achieve? • Where are there examples of it taking place? What is ecotourism? • Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and sustains the livelihood of local people”. National Geographic Online • “travel that focuses on avoiding harm to wilderness areas and wildlife and wherever possible, actively contributes to their preservation.” GMBIS • Are we talking about the people as well? task • Read the handout on the Maasai Mara Base Camp and the Mount Kenya Safari Lodge • Note down the key features of each resort • Which is the more eco-friendly resort? Why? Designing an eco- tourist resort Designing An Eco- tourist resort • Aim: To show your knowledge and understanding of ecotourism • Task • Draw a labelled diagram of a tourist resort that you have designed to be a perfect eco-tourist resort. Your resort can have any facilities or features that any resort in the world already has. Your resort does not have to be like any existing resort as long as it fulfils the requirements of an eco tourist resort as fully as possible. • You should use the feature list below to give you some ideas but you are encouraged to come up with some of your own Things to consider: - • Think about • minimizing impact on the environment • encouraging people to learn about the environment and other cultures • ensuring the visitors and the hosts both have a positive experience • ensuring that local people benefit financially Ideas to start you off Water heated by solar Gardens watered only Employs local, Swimming Pool power with collected rain knowledgeable water guides Large number of Nature trail activities High rise building Built with local rooms materials Expensive to stay Local sourced food and Hire cars organised Recycles waste there drink served for guests Air-conditioning Profits used to train up It is a tented camp Food is provide d to Maasai guides meet the needs of the guests Built near existing Guests help out with Hot air balloon rides Baths in rooms roads local conservation organised projects Televisions in rooms Brightly coloured Gift shop on site Water comes from a buildings local spring Mosquito nets Guided walks organised On site casino Profits used to protect wildlife Self /Peer Assessment mark scheme Features Description • 1-2- You describe a few features. • 3-4- You describe a range of features. Features are realistic and compatible. Reasoning/Explanation • 1-2- You give simple reasons that are not related to ecotourism principles. • 3-4You give reasons that are related to the environment or people but not both • 5-6You give reasons that are related to both local people and the environment8-10You give detailed reasons that are related to the environment, and local people Accuracy • 1-2You use some simple geographical vocabulary.
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