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10 Tips on how to be an Eco-friendly Tourist.
Many of you will be planning to go to northern areas to spend your summer vocations. I invite you to help conserve the natural beauty of our mountain areas for generations to come. Following 10 tips will help you to “step gently” in the fragile environment and make your visit environmentally friendly:-
1. Don’t Litter
Litter is unattractive, harmful to people and wildlife. Plan your visit to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
2. Keep Streams and Lakes Clean
When cleaning or washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source.
3. Bury Toilet Waste
In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites and lodges.
4. Take Care of Fires
Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before leaving.
5. Camp Carefully
When camping. Leave no trace of your visit.
6. Keep to the Track
By keeping to the track, where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.
7. Consider Others
People visit nature areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment. Respect local customs in your dress and behaviour. Do not play loud music and respect the quietness of nature.
8. Respect Our Cultural Heritage.
If you pass by any site of historical and spiritual significance, treat these places with consideration and respect.
9. Protect Plants and Animals.
Treat forests, animals and birds with care and respect. They are unique and rare. Do not damage, disturb or remove any plants or animals. Do not purchase animal parts and products.
10. Enjoy your Visit.
Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know that you have been there?
Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you and for the environment itself.
In short, Take nothing but good memories and nice photos…Leave nothing but carefully placed footsteps.”
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