TheInternational Ecotourism Society (TIES)
TheInternational Ecotourism Society (TIES)
Ecotourism involves conserving the environment and observing thewelfare of surrounding communities. It enhances bio-culturaldiversity and protects the cultural heritage of our spectacularenvirons. The industry also empowers local communities throughcreating jobs, which reduce the poverty level and maintainsustainable development. The paper will discuss an organization thatpromotes ecotourism.
Historyof the International Ecotourism Society
TIES’ is an organization that was founded in 1990. It promotesecotourism in the world where more than 150 countries are involved.It is a non-profit making organization, whose primary aim is todevelop ecotourism industry. It has functions of training, providingtourism standards, researching and publishing ecological information.The body uses ecotourism for sustainable development andenvironmental conservation (McGehee, 2014).
The group has faced various developmental changes since it wasformed. In 1992, they produced their first book, Ecotourism. The bookprovided guidelines for nature tours. In 1994, they sponsored thefirst international forum in the Virgin Islands of the United States.In 1996, they held a marine workshop in Hawaii, while in 1997, theyhosted a regional conference in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration withKenya Wildlife Service. In the year 2012, they participated inecotourism development program that was held in Jordan. In theprogram, they launched an e-publication.
Mandatesof the International Ecotourism Society
The organization is mandated to perform various functions. The agencymandates are guided by the ecotourism industry. Some of these rolesinclude providing financial benefits that will help conserve theenvironment and the local people. They also build and nurture theenvironment through creating cultural awareness. Besides, theorganization is mandated to obey the cultural beliefs and rights oflocal people and cooperate with them to empower the society. Inaddition, the firm has also been providing positive experiences tothe visitors and local people visiting the sceneries.
Objectivesof the International Ecotourism Society
The organization hasset various objectives, which guide their operations.
They have a target of reducing impacts resulting from tourists, whichdirectly interfere with the environment. Some of the impactsoriginate from the use of heavy vehicles, which pollute theenvironment and eventually affect plant and animal behavior. Tominimize the impacts, they have been using locally availablematerials that are environmentally friendly. In addition, theyadvocate the use of renewable resources and materials that can berecycled during environmental visits.
They have a goal of educating and entertaining the visitors. Despitevisiting the beautiful sceneries, the visitors also has a chance oflearning the cultural practice of the local communities. Touristslearn local languages, social morals and share indigenous foodmaterials.
Observe HumanRights and Democracy
The organization has an obligation of supporting human rights. Theyshould also empower the economy and support social movements in thelocal communities. The organization also advocate for its memberssupporting the ruling party and political movements.
Using a network ofprofessional leaders, TIES provide development chances to interestedpeople across the globe. They also offer educational tools thatprovide learning opportunities to professionals.
Using theirexperience in the tourism industry, TIES inspire positive developmentin the tourism sector. They also encourage development of localbusiness, which expands the national economy.
The organization directly affects the tourism sector, where itprovides financial aids that are used to fund conservation projects.In addition, they offer tour charges and admission fees, which arelater directed towards community development and environmentprotection. They ensure that local people are directly benefitingfrom the tourism sector. They are employed as translators and tourguides, they building tourist infrastructure and get some incomethrough selling goods and services. The local people also benefitfrom the provision of services like health and sanitation services.
In conclusion, ecology and tourism require proper conservation andmanagement. The sector has compelled many organizations taking theincentives of managing the ecotourism industry. Several benefits areemanating from environmental preservation. On that line, the industryhas minimized the poverty level through sustainable development.
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