Ecopark’s operations is based on ecotourism business; fulfilment of its conservation mandate is heavily reliant on a thriving and sustainable tourism operations.
Ecoparks business operations are founded on three important core pillars
The primary mandate of the organisation is the conservation of West Africa’s biodiversity, landscapes and associated heritage assets through a collaboration with communities
The organisation has a significant role in the promotion of West Africa’s nature-based tourism, or ecotourism business targeted at both international and domestic tourism markets
Ecopark promotes responsible practices within the tourism industry. This involves encouraging the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing waste and emissions.
Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). Education is inclusive of both hosts and guests.