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INDIAN OCEAN COMMUNITY CONSERVATION HANDBOOK 10 BY SHAWN PEABOPY, TAYLOR VERIZA ele EOC ema rae on ae Lele a blue ventures ‘through research p] GREEN INDICATES BB] vist eco-tourism POTENTIAL. BRED INDICATES Low POTENTIAL. HOWEVER EGO-TOURISM |S NOT POSSIBLE IN ALL. PLACES. IT IS BEST SUITED FOR PLACES WITH fa INTERESTING WILDLIFE AND WHERE AT LEAST TOURISM IS ALREADY A MAJOR SOME TOURISM ALREADY OCCURS. ECO-TOURISM BZONOMIC ACTIVITY IN MANY IS THE TERM FOR TOURISM THAT BENEFITS THE PARTS OF THE WESTERN INDIAN EAVIEONMENT, COMBINING THE WORDS ECO ‘OCEAN. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY (NATURAL) ANS TOURISM. COMMUNITIES HAVE YET TE BENEFIT FROM IT- THE ASSOGIATION CAN PROVIDE TEAINING AND ‘ ENSURE THE QUALITY OF THE FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS IS TO CREATE: BSUS THe GUAUTY oF BN ECO-GUIDE ASSOCIATION. THE ASSOCITION WILL WORE TOGETHER TO GAN PROVIDE THE INITIAL ATTRACT TOURISTS AND TO IMPROVE THE , SKILLS OF THE INDIMDUAL GUIDES. Grouzism or Panes). THEY SHOULD HAVE GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN TO TELL STORIES ABOUT LANGUAGES, ESPECIALLY FRENCH AND ENGLISH. LOCAL HISTORY, PEOPLE, AND NGO WORKERS CAN TEACH THESE LANGUAGES, BUT WILDUIFE. THEY SHOULD KNOW TRAINEES NEED TO PRACTICE SELF-STUDY OUTSIDE, GUIDING ETIQUETTE. THE TRAINING CENTRE AS WELL. BUILDING SIMPLE INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS PATHS, STAIRS OR MANGROVE WALKS WILL ATTRACT MORE TOURISTS AND ALLOW GUIDES TO CHARGE HIGHER PRICES. FOR ALL SITES, SINS SHOULD BE BUILT SHOWINS A LOCAL. MAP AND THE THAT BRD IS. KNOWN 68 THE AN INFORMATION CENTRE WITH A RECEPTIONIST IS. REY Te ATTRACTING: TGURISTS AND SUPPORTING A LOCAL ASSOCIATION OF BCO-GUIDES. HERE YOU GAN SELL Tickets AND RESEIVE RESERVATIONS. TERE you can Buy BANANAS Foe Tie TEP. GUIDES SHOULD POINT OUT WILDLIFE, GUIDES SHOULD ENCOURAGE THE PURCHASE OF LOCAL, GIVING NAMES AND LOCAL GOODS Ab INTERACTION WITH LOCAL PEGPLE. TOPICS OF TRADITIONS AND: STORIES INVOLVING DISCUSSION CAN INSLUDE LOCAL CUSTOMS, HISTORY, THE ANIMAL OF WILDLIFE. CECAL FOGD AND BUILDING MATERIALS. ‘TAKE TOURISTS TO MARINE RESERVES AND PAGES WITH ATTRAGTHE WiLDLire, WATER TOURISTS TO Make SURE THEY DONT DAMAGE Epa O@ WILDLIFE. Tae SAPBTY ce TUE ‘TOURISTS MUST Be A GulDe's TOP PRIDRTY. BON TAKE TOURISTS OUT WN BAD WeaTHER BND DONT Let THEM GBT QUT OF SIGHT: heRs's some WATER, SIR. HLL ‘SHOW YoU TS. Youe CAMP SITE WHEN YOU ARE EEMENGER THAT TOURISTS ARE THE GUESTS OF yy Hie eo-cubes nb newb vo ae Taceu Gace Lay OF, Ha Poiesee Ue be Gace rl ag THE WAY OF LIFE IN YOUR COUNTRY. EVEN Basic [i TSS Se Eee PSE SEL ee a Be New To ies PM SORRY, MSS, WOULD YOU MIND PUTING ON A T-SMT BEFORE GONG INTO Tae Wie bage- PECPLE Daess VERY CONSERVATIVELY N THIS REGION PARK SAFETY AND MANAGEMENT RULES SHOULD Be FOLLOWED AT ALL TIMES. ALSO, GUIDES SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT TOURISTS DON'T BREAK CULTURAL NERMS OB VILLAGE RULES. FOR LONGER TRIPS, GUIDES SHOULD ARBANGE. FOOD AND LOBGING. 4, SORRY Sm, YOU caNT CouLEeT oR 8 Live BRASHELL GUIDES SHOULD STRIVE TO Be INTERESTING, EDUCATIONAL, AND FUN WHILE ALSO LOCKING APTER THE SAFETY OF THE TOURISTS AND THE HEALTH OF THE LOCAL BAOSYSTEMS. MAAbh, LOCAL RULES PROHIBIT TOUCHING THE WILDLIFE. WILL BRING SHAME AND. DISBEPUTE 12 THE ENTIRE AREA AND THE ECO-GUIDE ASSOCIATION. AS TOURISM GROWS, GUIDES WILL SPEND MORE TIME WITH TOURISTS THAN FISHING. THIS WILL REDUCE FISHING PRESSURE, WHICH WILL: MEAN BIGGER CATCH FOR FISHERS. TOURISM WILL ALSO BENEFIT OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGH THE SALES OF LOCAL GOODS AND SERVICES- COMBINED WITH OTHER CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES, ECO-TOURISM. CAN HAVE A STRONG EFFECT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY WHILE ALSO ENCOURAGING MORE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. AS A FINAL NOTE- GUIDES MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE KEY TO GROWING AND SUSTAINING ECO-TOURISM IS HIGH CUSTOMER SATISFACTION.