Responsible Tourism – Sustainable Tourism – Eco-Tourism ???
What’s The Issue?
South Africa is the third most biologically diverse country in the world, yet it occupies only 2% of the global land area.
The country is home to 10% of the world’s plants and 7% of its reptiles, birds and mammals.
Despite this the consumption of renewable resources in South Africa far exceeds replacement capacity, with 46% of our forests and 62% of grasslands already destroyed and 10% of our plants threatened with extinction.
Inkosi Africa Safaris is part of the Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa (FTTSA) initiative, a non-profit initiative that certifies tourism businesses by awarding them a special Trademark. By electing to use our services, tourists are assured that their travel actually benefits local communities and economies. Inkosi Africa is committed to its staff and job creation in the communities we come in contact with as well as being committed to the conservation of our heritage and wild life. For more information, see www.fairtourismsa.org.za
Sustainable Tourism vs. Ecotourism
What is Sustainable Tourism?
Sustainable tourism is not just limited to areas of ecological significance, but actively aims to reduce negative impacts in a holistic way, in urban, rural, and wilderness areas. Issues confronted include economic viability, socio-cultural sensitivity, and environmental sustainability, at destinations of natural and cultural significance, in both mass tourism and the various niche tourism segments. Sustainable tourism not only examines and responds to the needs of the present, but how current actions will also reduce negative impacts in the long term.
What is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism is a type of sustainable tourism that emphasizes conserving nature and improving the lives of local people in rural and wilderness areas.
More information about issues related to both sustainable tourism and ecotourism can be found on the Global Development Research Centre’s at www.gdrc.org
Responsible Tourism is a tourism management strategy embracing planning, management, product development and marketing to bring about positive economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Inkosi Africa Tours and Safaris subscribes to the principles and practices of responsible tourism. In conducting our operations, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment, spread benefits throughout the local economy and promote community well-being.
*What about your “carbon footprint” ?
Eco-Tourism - Global Warming - Social Development
all fit together
Travel creates a carbon footprint.
You can neutralise that - by planting a tree. Watch!
When we plant a tree it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locks it up as wood.
Better still - plant a tree which produces oil, like an Avocado tree, a nut tree or a Chinese
We can use this oil instead of diesel in our vehicles when we take you on tour (converting oil to diesel is a simple process).
Lock up carbon dioxide as wood, and recycle carbon dioxide from the air - to oil - to the engine - back to the air - and back to oil again…
Don’t create pollution – recycle it.
We employ poor people to plant oil trees and grow our diesel.
This system employs the poor and reduces pollution.
Better still – let them own the tree.
Neutralise your travel Carbon Footprint by planting a tree with us
Now let's teach our kids how to employ / teach poor people to grow diesel trees at school.
Come and see Anchorage School's
Johnny Appleseed Biodiesel Programme.
· We win trust in poor communities by promising to buy the corn they already know how to produce.
· The corn is bought, milled and given to feeding schemes / relief aid.
· It employs the poor to feed the hungry.
· We show people how to plant an oil tree, supply it with water through mulching, and how to fertilize it
· We show people how to make and sell diesel from the oil.
· We take our school kids along and do it through them so they know how to solve problems of poverty and
pollution when they leave school.
Want to get involved .. or find out more?
Visit this Inkosi Africa Tours and Safaris project when you visit
us in Johannesburg - we’ll show you !
grow diesel - create employment - recycle pollution !
Some facts :
· One full grown tree sequestrates (absorbs) 22kg carbon dioxide per year and prevents the release of 34kg carbon
dioxide from fossil fuels per year = 56 kg per year.
· Flying produces 0.177kg carbon dioxide per km long-haul. e.g. A flight from Rome to New York and back
produces 4 tons of CO2 per passenger.
· So we need 71 tree years to absorb the CO2 to compensate for this flight. i.e. Plant 71 trees or plant 1 tree which
lives for 71 years.
· Your car emits 2.7 kg of carbon dioxide for every litre of diesel burned.
· A Chinese tallow tree produces 12.5 litres of diesel per year - and is productive for 100 years.