The concept of ecotourism has long emerged in the island of Tobago and received enough support from their local and national government. Efforts to preserve natural environments and wildlife are already initiated.
Ecotourism is a responsible visitation to exotic, natural environments, and support conservation efforts and socio-economic involvement of the inhabitants. Headed by an environmentalist working with the World Conservation Union, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain is an architect who wanted to design framework supporting the concept of ecotourism. With his expertise and knowledge, they were able to successfully carry out their mission that was first initiated in the early 1990s. As a matter of fact, their efforts to conserve natural environment earned praises from the national government. As part of the advocacy, they built a number of large resorts and apartments in the island. The village of Castara had been one of the lucky towns to have received monetary funds for the construction of environment friendly resorts. Furthermore, Castara apartments have built trees within their vicinity and other related activities to show support to ecotourism. They have been closely working with the local ecological authorities to assure compliance to their regulations that would help them garner top ratings for sustainability.
For almost 20 years now Castara apartments have been initiating activities to support the advocacy of their locality. From having sea turtle conservation program to breeding program for several endangered species; everyone seemed to have fully embraced the idea of ecotourism. It is very noticeable that local inhabitants are very participative to any undertakings in the island. Becoming receptive to changes in their way of living and business systems made it a lot easier for the ecological authorities to impose policies and procedures to support ecotourism and achieve its sustainability. People believe that by taking part in the advocacy of their community, they are not only saving their environment but also their reputation.
However, there are some inevitable trade-offs between development and protecting environment. The tourist industry in the area undoubtedly has influenced to some extent the initiatives to environment and cultural preservation. It only shows that in every endeavour to achieve a desired change, there might always be a dilemma anchored to it. Nevertheless, people in the island still firmly stand for what they believe and continue creating initiatives for the conservation of the natural environment and preservation of their culture.