SUMECO has its conservation-based ecotourism as a business entity run personally to cover the needs of tourists with a conservation background. It is united with Bukit Lawang Hill Resort, which has become its main base, and its tourism activity services, which are operating under the name “Bukit Lawang Ecotourism” in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
It shares its company profits through providing activity services for tourists such as jungle trekking, accommodation, transport, tours, hiking, herping, and many more in Bukit Lawang. Keeping the business running is important, as SUMECO is not a well-funded conservation organization in Bukit Lawang.
SUMECO empowers conservation-ideologized locals in Bukit Lawang because we believe it is very important to preserve the biodiversity of Gunung Leuser National Park, as we are all dependent on tourism for a living, as is SUMECO.
Principles of Conservation-Based Ecotourism in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, and Gunung Leuser National Park.
The negative impact of tourism activities on natural forests can be mitigated by engaging local communities in conservation-based ecotourism activities to protect natural resources in the Bukit Lawang area, particularly Gunung Leuser National Park. In this circumstance, the authority is expected to build and carry out a community through socialization about the development of conservation-based ecotourism aimed at increasing public understanding and awareness of the importance of preserving Leuser biodiversity and the natural resource wealth in the protected area.
The application of conservation-based ecotourism development principles and concepts in preserving ecosystem functions, natural tourist attractions, socio-cultural sustainability, satisfaction, safety, visitor comfort, and the direction of economic benefits is expected to have a direct positive impact on increasing global environmental awareness.