Importing carnivore encounters: conservation and ecotourism in a new carbon economy

Nevin, Owen ORCID logo ORCID: (2010) Importing carnivore encounters: conservation and ecotourism in a new carbon economy. In: 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology: Conservation for a changing planet, 3-7 July 2010, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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For several decades eco-tourism has been presented as a viable income source to local communities when considering the protection of species and ecosystems and in the declaration of national parks and protected areas. Whether in East Africa, India, even North America it is carnivores which are the key species in many of these systems. Large numbers of well educated, relatively high income with an interest in wildlife and the environment have been travelling to remote regions around the world assigning real economic value to the sites and species they travel to encounter. In many regions this income stream has assured local and regional support for protection and in some cases funded protection and restoration efforts; however, with increasing awareness of the climate impacts of long-haul travel will this continue in the new carbon economy? The typical carnivore ecotourist fits a similar demographic profile to those most likely to monitor and reduce their personal “carbon footprint” and while nature tourism has been is the fastest growing sector in the $3 trillion global annual tourism market this is unlikely to continue. What impacts will this have on the conservation of these areas and the species which are found there?

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