July 8, 2008

Geotourism Conservation Pact is Signed

Five U.S. governmental agencies and the National Geographic Society have signed an agreement promoting geotourism.

With the goal of better preserving and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the nation's public lands and waters, the agreement was signed Tuesday during a ceremony in Washington.

The memorandum of understanding is a first step to promote geotourism as a collaborative approach among governmental agencies and private partners, the NGS said, noting geotourism refers to tourism that helps sustain or enhance the geographical character of a place -- its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its residents.

Signatories to the pact include senior leaders of National Geographic, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and their agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.