The tourism industry of Ghana has experienced huge growth over the last couple of decades, which is associated with various impacts on the environment. The environment may been positively and negatively impacted by the tourists’ acts. The top positive impacts include;
1. Tourism Raises Environmental Awareness
The beautiful sites in Ghana attract tourists from different parts of the world. The natural scenic sites are one reason people choose Ghana as their destination. Tourism is the primary tool that raises awareness concerning environmental values. Tourists learn a lot through interacting with the environment directly. They get to know what is good for the environment and what threatens to destroy it.
Personal visit to natural areas teaches people about the importance of the environment in life. It makes people care about the environment, while they enjoy its special feeling. The good memories encourage people to be environmentally conscious in travel and personal life. A poorly managed environment can easily discourage tourists from visiting the affected areas, hence lowering the revenue rates.
2. Tourism Supports conservation
Ghana is a good example where tourism has had a positive effect on wildlife protection. Wildlife is a key sector in the tourism industry since it attracts lots of tourists from various of the world.
The opportunity to see wild animals in their natural environment is what Ghana makes Ghana a preferred destination. This form of tourism is a key source of revenue, and therefore, it eradicates poverty and helps to empower people directly by giving them jobs.
Ghana is aware of all the benefits associated with the environment. Therefore, the tourism industry, in partnership with travel and tourism agents, focuses more on the value of their wild natural areas. The growth of tourism in Ghana encourages national and wildlife parks to connect sustainable tourism with biodiversity preservation.
3. Protect Endangered Species
The Ghanaian industry is aware that rare and endemic species are their symbol, especially in the eyes of foreign visitors. Endangered Species is a unique attraction that attracts tourists in Ghana. The remaining spots that are still home to this disappearing species are often turned into nature reserves and protected areas. Endangered species include Wild animals, virgin forests, and a colorful palette of exotic plants. Protecting the endangered species guarantees improved safety and long life.
There are protected areas that have already been established as home to the endangered species in Ghana. Protected areas often receive a significant number of tourists each year.
4. Adoption of sustainable practices
When a region is allocated more funds, it indicates better possibilities to improve infrastructure and services. Modernization of infrastructure goes hand in hand with a transition to sustainable Practices and formulating long-term solutions that benefit the local community and environment.
Many tourists care about their impact on the environment; they are ready to pay for environmentally friendly services and accommodation when visiting Ghana. A large percentage of Ghanaian destinations are already aware of trending tourist demands and are changing their approach to tourism by considering their environmental impact in their management.
Moreover, the Ghanaian government also responds to these trends and often introduces solutions to protect the local natural resources by adopting sustainable practices in the industry.
There are recycling bins placed in public areas to collect different materials for more efficient waste management. The production of renewable energy projects that power whole regions helps protect the environment from pollution. Renewable energy is associated with many benefits for maintaining a healthy environment during the seasonal influx of tourists to island destinations.
The growing interest of tourists in exploring places where people live in connection with nature and animals gives chanthem a chance to locals to sustain their families far from urban areas. The local communities should know the need to protect what they have to attract tourists.