Kenyan Ecotourism - Time To Be Responsible For Our Environment
Kenyan ecotourism has become more important for Africa in recent years.
Kenya has always been a tourist hotspot, with half a million tourists arriving from all parts of the world every year. Kenya offers a broad cross section of tourist experiences, from the golden sandy beaches to the snow covered peaks of Mount Kenya.
Tourists have always been sure to find a suitable experience. However, as the world turns to more sustainable and responsible accountability, tourism as an industry has been forced to respond. Kenya with its tourism industry is no different.
Ecotourism is Kenya promotes sustainable tourism which leaves little or no impact on the environment.
Kenya has always been a pristine country with vast areas of unspoiled wild country filled with a vast variety of animal and plant species.
With local initiatives with regards to energy, waste, water conservation and managing the interaction between humans and wildlife, the Kenyan ecotourism industry is also holding itself accountability.
Investing In Readily Available Energy Sources
Kenya is located on the equator and receives enough sunlight to warrant investments in solar power. Solar power is being used in many of the smaller lodges to provide electricity and hot water.
Recycling organic waste and converting it to fuel briquettes is another way local resources are being utilized. The briquettes are used for heating water and cooking at some of the lodges.
Composting Helps Keep The Environment Clean
The increase in the local population due to the influx of tourists, create increased solid and liquid wastes.
The ecotourism industry encourages waste management initiatives that promote recycling. Wastes are separated and those that can be recycled are recycled.
In the more rural areas liquid wastes are diverted to constructed wetlands. This has encouraged remotely located lodges to be greener conscious and use biodegradable detergents.
Recycling Is One Way To Help With Water Conservation
In Kenya water is in short supply, especially in some of the more arid and pristine regions where some lodges are found. Water conservation initiatives are being introduced.
The initiatives range from simple practices such restricting water usage to certain times of the day to harnessing and using rainwater.
Other initiatives are forward looking. They protect the condition of the land and preventing erosion by growing trees.
Fencing Animals In Protected Areas Minimizes Contact
Humans and wildlife in Kenya in the past coexisted way before tourism arrived. However, with industrialization and growing human populations the two are not co-exiting peacefully.
Wild animals cause damage to people's crops and human settlements encroach onto natural animal foraging ranges. The problem is being solved by fencing the boundaries and keeping each player in their own quadrant.
When booking an ecotourism trip to Kenya find lodges that are practicing some of the outlined initiatives.
By visiting these lodges tourists can support and encourage the growth of a more sustainable and responsible ecotourism industry in Kenya.
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