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Ecotourism differs from other forms of nature-based tourism in that its core ideology is to promote education and awareness of the environment and heritage, help finance future conservation and improve the well-being of local people and environment (see The International Ecotourism Society) According to Ecotourism Australia ecotourism is “ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”.

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Best Practice Model for Low-Impact Nature-Based Sustainable Tourism Facilities in Remote Areas

This project was undertaken to determine the specific criteria for low-impact sustainable tourism in remote areas, and then apply this criteria to two locations in Western Australia. A multidisciplinary team with expertise in sustainable planning and design, environmental technologies, sustainability assessment and indigenous  consultation collaborated to design and develop the criteria for the project outcomes.

by David Beyer, Martin Anda, Bernhard Elber, Grant Revell and Fred Spring