Project Ecotourism, an initiative of Educational Communications, was started in 1993 with the mission of promoting ecotourism. The program is devoted to the conservation of ecosystems and wildlife and to the assistance of local communities through responsible travel, with the end goal of preserving cultures and natural environments.
Ecotourism is more than adventure trips, nature study, and cultural excursions. Ecotourism means tourist dollars flow back into conservation efforts and return to and stay in local communities. Ecotourists are individuals who not only go to learn and have fun in a foreign setting, but who also attempt to give something back to the local people, who respect local customs, and are considerate of native resources they visit, especially by not harming animal or plant life.
Educate the public about being a responsible, ecological tourist. Create radio and television programs that describe ecotourist opportunities and destinations. Donate needed supplies and materials (books, school supplies, computers, equipment, clothing, medicine, etc.) to organizations and individuals active in local conservation in developing countries [please contact us if you have items that can be sent overseas]. Promote ecological changes in the travel industry.
Guests are welcome to be interviewed on our national ECONEWS television series and our ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTIONS radio series (taped in Los Angeles or on location). Our experts can consult with tourist bureaus and agencies and companies to explain how they can "green" their operations. Speakers are available to groups for presentations. Producers, reporters, and camera people are ready to document specific areas and field conservation projects and trips. Volunteers will collect items for redistribution. Activists try to encourage letter-writing to appropriate agencies to support ecotourism. Travelers can get referrals to responsible companies and countries. Travel and Ecotourism Promotion Opportunities.
This Educational Communications project is responsible for creating articles and columns about responsible travel, including publications on useful travel advice.
Ways to be Ecologically Responsible:
DOs and DON'Ts
Questions to Ask Your Tour Company
Please send us your ideas on how to be a good ecotourist. We would also appreciate names, addresses, and phone numbers of responsible tour companies, groups needing donations, and others involved in ecotourism. We love to hear about your experiences.
P. O. Box 351419
Los Angeles, CA 90035
phone/fax (310) 559-9160
Internship and Volunteer Opportunities can be found at www.ecoprojects.org/opportunities.htm.
Educational Communications Home Page (www.ecoprojects.org)