Ecotourism is a sustainable form of tourism. It tries not to damage the environment and respects local culture and customs.
Ecotourism or green tourism aims to give jobs to local people whilst protecting the environment. Ecotourists travel in small groups and often visit reserves where the scenery and wildlife is protected and managed.
Some people are sceptical about whether ecotourism will work in the long term. Even small numbers of visitors will bring change. An increasing number of tourists demand facilities such as hotels and restaurants. The local population is likely to want to take the opportunity to generate even greater wealth.
Ecotourism is rapidly becoming a leading way for low income countries (LICs) to bring in foreign revenue, whilst still preserving their rainforests. In the rainforest, ecotourists: