Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic]

Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic] | ecogreenlove

Saving Our Beaches: Engineering Solutions for Tourists’ Impact

Everyone loves a beach vacation. In colder climates especially, more and more people are taking advantage of cheap airfares for a long weekend of sunbathing and swimming in the dead of winter. In fact, 12 of the top 15 destinations were in coastal countries.

In 1995, there were around 528 million international tourist arrivals. That number jumped to 1.138 billion in 2014, and emerging economies are experiencing faster tourism growth than advanced economies, making the increase in tourism an important part of many countries’ growth.

Local economies encourage increased tourism, as it helps to grow local wealth and jobs that pay well. Unfortunately, this relaxing trend is having some serious consequences on the environment that may outweigh the economic benefits.

Some of the downsides of increased tourism include resort development, boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing, cruise ship presence, litter, coral reef damage, and even the creation of artificial beaches. These activities introduce toxins and other harmful substances, cause physical damage and sedimentation, and exploit local fish populations.

So what can be done to preserve the benefits of tourism for developing economies while balancing the need for environmental responsibility? Engineers have a few ideas. Eco-friendly roofing systems, designs that catch rainwater for later use, innovative wastewater management, and considering the landscape when constructing resorts and hotels can all help to reduce the impact tourists have on the local environment.

These innovative solutions are key for helping to ensure that tourists, locals, the local environment, and wildlife can all exist harmoniously now and in the future. Find out more about how serious the problems caused by coastal tourism have become and how engineers are working to solve them with this resource from Ohio University’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program.

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5 thoughts on “Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic]

  1. I was just on a beach in Hawaii and there were tiny pieces of plastic everywhere. I filled a small bag full of trash. Couldn’t help myself.

    1. I know, is sad. We went for holidays last Easter to a beach in Mexico and there was styrofoam everywhere and started collecting as well.

      Thank you for passing by and sharing your experience! 💚

  2. So true! Our environment (mostly our beaches and reefs) are suffering heavily from tourism in Jamaica, but we can’t do away with tourism– it’s our largest economic earner. Rather, we need to incorporate sustainable environmental practices into making tourism work for us. Thanks for sharing!

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