The growing popularity of eco-tourism has made a substantial contribution towards the economic growth of South Africa, said Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa.
The Minister made the comments on Monday, when the department marked the International Day for Biological Diversity, under the theme ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’.
“Tourism has to be developed in harmony with environmental considerations. Sustainable tourism can generate employment and income, thus providing a strong incentive for conservation,” said Molewa. “Nature-based tourism, or rather eco-tourism, is recognised as a driver and critical component to the sustainability and efficacy of conservation management.”
Published 25 May 2017
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