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Free Case Study on Ecotourism

Case Study on Ecotourism

Ecotourism is bad for the environment. First of all, there are no local benefits. Almost all of the profit is sent to foreign countries, and the low paying jobs like tour guides are given to the local villagers. Secondly, some of the projects are fake landscapes. These artificial areas are just for show to the tourists so they come back, also the false landscape tends to harm the plants and animals that live in the area. Lastly, some of the nature reserves have big companies install projects. Huge resorts such as hotels, condominiums, shopping centers and golf courses are being established on the land being set aside for the environment. In conclusion, ecotourism is just a cover up for making money and does not support the environment.

Belize Vegetation
Belize has a very diverse and interesting vegetation. It has tropical vegetation with over 4,000 small plants, 250 types of orchids, and 700 different species of trees. Belize has a very fascinating Plant Kingdom. Below are just a few of the many plants in Belize: allamanda, allspice, annato, australian pine, baboon cap, bamboo, banana, barba jolote, basket tie-tie, bay cedar, billy webb, blackberry, black mangrove, breadfruit, breadnut, (ramon), bullhoof, cabbage bark, caribbean pine, cashew, cedar, coconut palm, cohune palm, cotton tree, culantro, dogwood, dumbcane, dwarf mistletoe, fig tree, flamboyant, ginger, guava, gumbolimbo, hog plum, horseballs, hot lips, jacaranda, jackass bitters, papaya.

The climate in Belize can be described sub-tropical. This means that the average humidity is about 83%. Belize has a temperature rage of about 10oC – 35oC throughout the whole year. Belize has definite wet and dry seasons. The wet season in Belize is usually between May and November. The dry season is usually between February and May. January and December is regularly cool and calm. During the month of July the southeast trade winds average from 10 knots to about 13 knots.

Tourist Attractions
One of the most well known tourist attractions in Belize is known as the Blue Hole. It is a giant circular hole that in near the island Long Caye. There is a National Park which includes the area of 57 acres of which is mostly covered by primary and secondary forest. Next is the Maya Ruins. It has one of the oldest structures that are in Belize. There are hieroglyphics which are in script. There are methods of reckoning the past called long count. Another attraction is known as the Garifuna Village Projects. The members of this community of Punta Gorda have recreated a live museum in the form of a traditional Garifuna Village. The project includes restaurants, arts/crafts shop, and an artifact museum. Another is known as the Langhingbird Caye National Park. The Caye gets its name from the laughing Gull also known as the Larus artricilla. It was declared a protected area in 1981 under the National Parks system Act. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a reserve most popular to snorkelers and divers. It is active with some of the most exotic creatures. A few other tourist activities are kayaking, sailing, swimming, hiking, skin and SCUBA diving, visiting the Ben Lowman cave, Manatee watching (on-site), Caribbean Sea and Turtle nesting sites, Creole Village of Gales Point, Barrier Reef and superb skin and SCUBA diving, Mayan history site, Bird Watching and Wild animal observing.

Belize Landforms

Belize is approximately 8,866 square miles. The northern part of Belize is mostly low-lying and swampy with very a dense tropical rainforest. The Maya Mountains are located in Southern Belize. The highest point is Victoria Peak which is 1122m high. The Mayan Mountains has thousands of streams and rivers such as the Belize and Honda Rivers. The coast of Belize has a chain of small coral islands which forms a long barrier reef second only to Australia.

Major Exports
Main exports from Belize are sugar, fish products, molasses, citrus concentrate, garments, marine products, bananas, and forestry products. Taxes have encouraged the development of plywood and veneer manufacture, beer, rum, soft drinks, boat building, and battery assembly. Belize has a few dairy plants which has a capacity of 400 gallons of milk per day.

Natural resources
Belize has few natural resources. Some of them are timber, fish and hydropower.

There is approximately 250,000 people living in Belize. They have a very large ethnic diversity in Belize which include Hispanic, Creoles (African-European), Mestizo (Spanish-Indian), Garifuna (African-Indian), Mayan, Anglo-European, Middle Eastern and Asian people.

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