Ecotourism is a useful concept and its key goal is to reduce the net environmental impact of the tourism industry, via mechanisms including minimal impact management measures, education, community involvement, private conservation, contributions to public protected areas, expansion of ecotourism enterprises and main streaming of ecotourism principles. Ecotourism development promotes educational development and creates awareness in people of the need to jointly maintain the ecosystem of the area. Ecotourism also offers them with an alternative source of livelihood and engages them as active stakeholders in the overall process of development and could be a tool for environmental conservation, local empowerment and poverty alleviation. This book reveals that ecotourism has a positive impact on the social aspects as it provides better and higher quality or services. Introduces students to key concepts and principles that govern ecotourism and applies them to environmental and resource issues, shows issues surrounding ecotourism relate to environmental and resource problems at local, regional, national and global level. Focusing on fundamental ecotourism concepts, this broad-based book provides a basis for studies into environment-based tourism which covers key topics such as the management, economics and potential environmental impacts both positive and negative of this popular and growing sector.