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Costa Rica; The Accidental Green Tourist

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Argument and Evidence
Ecotourism has grown the fastest among all tourism where “responsible tourism, jungle tourism, and sustainable development have become prevalent concepts since the mid-1980s.” The International Ecotourism Society introduces the idea that ecotourism is about “uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel.” The tourism ventures that fall under the eco label will have mandated principles that include the responsibilities to: minimize impact, build environmental and cultural awareness and respect, provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts, provide direct financial benefits for conservation, provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people, and raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.
The evidence has shown that there is environmental and socioeconomic effectiveness, in direct contrast to the idea that there is no benefit from ecotourism. It is apparent that with the implementation of ecotourism, the designated location could experience economic development, diversification of the national economies dependence from one to two goods, preservation, expansion of national reserves and parks, and education tools. The evidence concentrated more heavily on how the effectiveness of ecotourism is not being fully demonstrated or exploited. Arguments frequently showed the impacts of international vendors on the home country of the popular ecotourism destination – in this case, the impacts on the Costa Rican coast and inlands. In many cases it was found that visitor overcapacity occurred, that environmental degradation was prevalent, that corruption and exploitation had resulted from the rapid growth of international involvement of companies, and that local communities were compromised. The waste management crisis is one of the secrets hidden to the international public when it comes to Costa Rica's status as a rich green country. This will be evaluated by more evidence in this section.
This research proposal will concentrate on the effects of tourism on Costa Rica and the tools that can be utilized to improve the economic and environmental issues in Costa Rica. In particular the paper will focus on the intertwining relationship between the environment, sustainability, and social business. I plan to concentrate my research into specific contexts – such as the role of ecotourism as a tool for sustainable development and how affective the efforts have been. Further insight will be given to the current environmental issues that face Costa Rica such as inequality, and rural and urban community development in Central America that focuses on agriculture themes. Ecotourism provides new economic opportunities for locals, yet it poses environmental risks to the ecosystems when administered on a large level.
Social and ecological change is promoted through ecotourism. The emergence of ecotourism in the past few decades are not surprising considering how human and...

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