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Open University of Sri Lanka offers diploma in Ecotourism and Natural Resources Management

Lack of knowledge about natural resources and ecotourism practices will adversely affect the development of Ecotourism and Natural Resources. Therefore, developing the theoretical and practical base course is essential. To fulfill this void since 2016 the Diploma in Ecotourism and Natural Resources Management has been offered by the Department of Zoology, of the Open University of Sri Lanka.

The main aim of the programme is to create an awareness of the importance of Natural Resources and how Ecotourism Management Contributes to conserve our natural resources in Sri Lanka and other parts of the world. The programme focuses on the origin & organization of life, characteristics of life, classification, adaptation, defense mechanisms and morphological features of living organisms and then about the Natural Resources, use of biodiversity and the conservation of biodiversity in Sri Lanka and Wildlife Conservation and Management.

This programme has been specially designed for those who are planning to start their own Ecotourism Business, who are already in the business; but don’t understand the concepts but very much interested in the field of Ecotourism, and for those who are keen to develop their knowledge based on ecotourism and natural resources management in Sri Lanka.

Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. The Ecotourism industry is growing and changing at a fast pace to be an increasingly important source of income and employment in many countries. According to the World Tourism Organization, ecotourism is recorded as the highest growing market in the tourism industry with an annual growth rate of 5% worldwide and representing 6% of the world’s GDP and 11.4% of all consumers spending. Sri Lanka has tremendous ecotourism resources with great potential for further development in Southern Asia.