Business and biodiversity :: Ecotourism
The interdependence between tourism and the environment is recognized worldwide. A recent survey by the Industry and Environment Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/IE) shows that the resource most essential for the growth of tourism is the environment.
Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
Ecotourism in Bulgarian national parks
Bulgarian National Parks official website. Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan are among the largest and most valuable protected areas in Europe. They contain some of Europe’s remaining, extant, wild regions. Identified as Category II protected areas by IUCN, the Parks are managed in accordance with the latest conservation principles and approaches. National Parks allow opportunities for recreation, spiritual enrichment and contact with nature. Tourists can choose from a wide variety of activities.
Ecotourism programme at Conservation International
By creating direct links between the economic benefits of ecotourism and the protection of biodiversity, CI has found that people who earn their living from ecotourism are more likely to protect their natural resources and support conservation efforts. The United Nations has declared 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism (IYE). CI is supporting the efforts of partners such as The International Ecotourism Society and others to ensure that the voices of those working on ecotourism in the field will be heard at the World Ecotourism Summit, in May 2002, in Quebec, Canada