Based on various ecotourism definitions over the years, the following are five distinguishing features of ecotourism:
• Conservation of nature and culture
• Reinvestment of income to maintain quality of resource and conservation
• Ecologically, economically and socio- culturally sustainable
• Ethical, demonstrating corporate social responsibility
• Education about biodiversity, habitats and cultures.
Ecotourism promotes activities relating to conserving and enhancing bio-cultural diversity and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage. By increasing local capacity building and cottage industries potential, ecotourism is an effective vehicle for empowering local communities to achieve sustainable development. With an emphasis on enriching personal experiences and environmental awareness through interpretation, ecotourism promotes greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture.
This portal aims at creating awareness on the ecotourism potential and values for various purposes: for recreation and adventure, awareness, education, research and others.
RESPECT FOR NATURE
CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION
BENEFITS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
AWARENESS FOR EDUCATION
Pursuant from the review on the success and shortcomings in the implementation of the National Ecotourism Plan 1996, the National Ecotourism Plan 2016-2025 was conceived with new recommendation on policies, strategies and action plans to improve the planning, sustainable management, conservation, financing, promotion and operation of ecotourism sites in the country.
Amongst the recommendations include developing thematic clusters to illustrate how ecotourism sites are linked to supporting attractions and facilities; and undertaking action plans for clusters which include management plans to ensure synergy between conservation and ecotourism.
In Perak, there are four areas that fall under the designated ecotourism cluster – Taiping, Kuala Sepetang, Kuala Gula and Batu Kurau.
Click on image below to learn more about each cluster.