Principles of Ecotourism in Turkey
Those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles.

  • Minimize impacts.
  • Involves travel to natural destinations.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Respect local cultures.
  • Support human rights and demographic movement.
Travellers Tips for Turkey:
If travelling independently, try to minimuse your personal enviromental impact

If you are travelling on a group tour, select operators and hotels that have and abide by responsible tourism policy and adresses enviromental and cultural issues, as well as making a financial contribution to community or enviromental projects.

Try to avoid destinations that already overcrovded, or travel in the off season.

Try locally own hotels and services, eating a locally owned restaurents and use public transport where possible. It means your money directly benefits the local, and you will generally have a far more enriching experience.

Do unto others: Treat local people with respect. You will be treated likewise. Abide by the laws and regulations of the country you are in. Particularly, regarding natural resources like parks and waterways.

Do not be tempted to buy souveniers made from wild animal products, including skins, ivory, or bone. Not only is it illegal to import or export such items, in most cases you are also likely to be supporting, porching practises that have had devastating inpact on animal populiation. Similar princibles apply to wooden products.

Be aware of suggested or legal approach distances and other recommandations for observing wild life.
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