Destructive Tourism Development

Destructive Tourism Development

The construction of tourism infrastructure can come at a cost to local environments and wildlife if it is poorly planned or managed. We partner with destination managers to ensure tourism development happens in a sustainable manner that balances growth with environmental well-being. 

Forest degraded by logging

Land Degradation

Tourism development often goes hand-in-hand with the conversion of land and destruction of natural habitats. Forests are cleared, mangroves removed, and wetlands drained to make way for resorts, piers, and golf courses. These land use changes can also trigger further environmental damage, such as beach and soil erosion. 

Baby turtle on beach

Harm to Wildlife

When important habitats are destroyed by tourism development, it jeopardizes the survival of the wildlife that depend on them. New development can bring an influx of tourists to an area. If facilities are built too close to sensitive habitats – such as turtle nesting beaches – this can disrupt the natural behavior of the animals that live there. 

Rice field in Bali, Indonesia

Loss of Natural Scenery

Unique natural landscapes and scenic views add to the charm and allure of many destinations. Unfortunately, new tourism development can wreak havoc on natural scenery. When buildings are constructed and land paved over, it can lessen the natural beauty of a destination and degrade the overall visitor experience.

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