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An example of ecological degradation caused by human interruption in an ecosystem is Mount Everest. Not only does the rubbish visitors inherently bring cause harm, but so do carbon emissions associated with traveling. Likewise, the building of unnatural observatories, parking areas, pathways, and other structures that require clearing of natural environments drastically shrinks plant and animal habitats. According the Nature Conservancy, unrestrained tourism endangers fragile ecosystems and indigenous cultures. Traditional tourism models have increasingly negative effects on the areas and peoples with which it collides. (See Resources Nature Conservancy) An unintended consequence of mismanaged tourism is local governments' unhealthy reliance upon tourism to generate revenue. Ecotourism works to restore and preserve natural resources, counter pollution caused by tourism, and restrain negative impact on "speciesrich ecosystems." As tourist numbers increase, so do negative environmental impacts. Water [b][url=http://www.celinehandbagsonline.com/]Celine Handbags[/url][/b] and land resources suffer from sustained influx of tourists. For example, building a golf course diverts essential water and threatens critical habitat. Construction, deforestation and marina development cause havoc to the land and its inhabitants. (See Resources GDRC)
Ecotourism benefits local communities and reduces threats to the land and residents' welfare. Since most tourism takes place in unprotected areas, without government oversight, tourists cause environmental and cultural degradation. Organizations such as The International Touism Society (TIES) and the Nature Conservancy provide resources and guidelines for responsible tourism. Ecotourism management includes generating ecotourism dollars for conservation and education to initiate ecotourism [b][url=http://www.celinehandbagsonline.com/]Celine Bag[/url][/b] models.
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