General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Ecotourism and climate change
Language English
Module lecturer dr Katarzyna Marcisz (leading), prof. dr hab. Mariusz Lamentowicz (supporting)
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Lecturer position adiunkt, profesor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 15


Module aim (aims)

The lecture will explore ecotourism in relation to ongoing climate change. Ecotourism, defined as responsible travel to natural areas, often involves visiting pristine and relatively undisturbed natural areas in a low-impact sustainable way that is respecting the well-being and culture of local people. This form of travel is an interesting alternative to commercial mass tourism, and its growing popularity is connected to rising climate change signals. In principle, ecotourism is based on the respect to nature and local communities. Those who take part in ecotourism activities aim to minimize their impact on ecosystems, lower their carbon footprint, as well as build connections and support local communities often located outside of mass touristic centres. The lecture will cover following topics:Defining ecotourism and sustainable tourismEcotourism vs mass tourismPrinciples and components of ecotourismEcotourism activities and impacts on the environmentHow to travel eco?Organisations that support ecotourism activitiesExamples of ecotourism activities from different areas of the world

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