Active / Adventure: The Audacious Nature Tourism

Nature tourism or eco tourism – these are the words often spelled out these days. No wonder. Many would agree that wilderness is not only beautiful but also inspiring in many ways. Come and visit with us the vast Siberia, Rip Van Winkle’s Catskill Mountains, or watch rhinos in Malaysia or hundreds of birds in Corpus Christi. What more, see how important the greenery even in your city is.


Siberia’s Protected Areas Attract Ecotourists

Cecilia Garland

Central Siberia opens up as a new eco-destination. Its protected areas harbor a tremendous variety of nature and landscape types comparable to beauties of Alaska or Patagonia. They encompass two UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites, ancient monuments as old as the Egyptian pyramids, pristine nature with unique wildlife – just to mention a few of many eco-attractions on offer. The nature reserves of Central Siberia are integral part of an elaborate Russia-wide system of protected areas, which is o...

Rhino Watching in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia

Sara Thopson

Sprawling across the northern tip of Borneo, the Malaysian state of Sabah attracts increasing numbers of visitors drawn by its rainforests, rugged mountains, pristine coral reefs, and amazing plants and wildlife. The orangutan (found only in Borneo and Sumatra), the endemic Proboscis Monkey, the Bornean Pygmy Elephant and the rare Bornean sub-species of the Sumatran Rhino are all endangered species whose survival is being helped by nature tourism...

Hiking in New York's Famed Catskill Park

Sara Thopson

Often called "America's First Wilderness," the Catskill Mountains in New York State offer some of the best hiking trails in the world. More than 300 miles of marked and maintained trails are networked through the state's Catskill Park, which encompasses approximately 700,000 acres, about half of which is public Forest Preserve that has been protected as "forever wild." Although rivaling Yosemite National Park in size, Catskill Park is visited by only about half a million people each year, making...

Corpus Christi Offers World-class Birdwatching

Andrew J. Wein

It’s no surprise why almost half of the seven million visitors that flock to Corpus Christi, Texas each year are bird watchers and nature lovers. The Coastal Bend is the perfect place to view birds and is one of the top birding destinations in the world with a rich diversity of bird species. Corpus Christi is located at the point where two migration ‘super highways’ converge – the Mississippi Flyway and Central Flyway...

Role of Urban Greenery in Attracting Residents & Tourists

Chris Grad

Asian cities of developing countries are far behind in terms of eye catching urban greenery and landscaping. Urban forestry of very few Indian cities is worth mentioning but Chandigarh, the City Beautiful, is an exception. Urban parks and gardens are the green infrastructures which are responsible for various environmental, social and educational benefits to the human society. Most of the products of these urban forests are public goods. The intangible functions or non-market benefits obtained f...