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. 

Physical Impacts

Hikers who wander off of established trails may trample vegetation or cause erosion. Unsustainable marine tourism practices, such as kicking coral or anchoring on fragile areas, can damage coral reefs. Overtourism only exacerbates these impacts by putting too much pressure.

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.

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.

How We Safeguard Nature

Discover what we’re doing to protect nature and minimize tourism’s impacts on environments and wildlife.

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