Although research on tourism and environment has been in progress for several decades, there has been confusion over the precise meaning of ecotourism. The International Centre for Ecotourism Research (ICER) at Griffith University was tasked to establish a clear framework for research in this field. Versions of this framework were presented at the 3rd World Congress on Adventure Travel and Ecotourism in Manaus, Brazil, and as a keynote paper in the Ecotourism stream of LAWASIA ’93 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
On the basis of this framework, ICER has commenced a research programme spanning the principal links between tourism and the environment. A summary of this research is provided in this Report.