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Conservation of Island Biodiversity in Brunei Darussalam: The Role of Ecotourism in Environmental Education

Azman Ahmad

Abstract


Education and interpretation are important elements of the ecotourism experience and can be provided through various types of media by industry operators, government departments such as national park agencies, and local communities. If ecotourism seeks to promote responsible travel, then its foundation must be education, and it should aim to include both the local community and the domestic and international travellers. This paper examines the role of ecotourism in providing environmental education which contributes towards the conservation of biodiversity at Selirong Island Forest Recreational Park in Brunei Darussalam. In particular, this paper analyses the efforts made by the park authorities in providing on-site education and interpretation to visitors to the park through the three main options available, namely leaflets, signboards and park guides.

Keywords


Island biodiversity; conservation; ecotourism; environmental education; Brunei.

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