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Ecotourism for the survival of sea turtles and other wildlife

Tisdell, Clem & Wilson, Clevo (2002) Ecotourism for the survival of sea turtles and other wildlife. Biodiversity and Conservation, 11(9), pp. 1521-1538.

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Abstract

This paper discusses generally why humans should bother to conserve sea turtles. In doing so,it considers both economic and non-economic reasons and outlines threats to the existence of sea turtles and ways in which tourism may either contribute to the conservation or decline of their populations. Turtle-based ecotourism at Mon Repos in southern Queensland is described. As a result of a survey conducted by the authors, it is shown that turtle-based ecotourism at Mon Repos has positive social (indirect) consequences for the conservation of sea turtles. Furthermore, it is argued that ecotourism operations at Mon Repos have positive direct impacts on the sustainability of populations of sea turtles. However, using a simple model, it is emphasised that this impact is limited because turtles are migratory. A model is also developed to capture the possible relationship between turtle populations and the sustainability of ecotourism dependent on turtle populations, and is extended to other wildlife species. Significant interdependence exists between the sustainability of these two variables. The theory is related to Ciriacy-Wantrup's social safe minimum conservation standard for species' survival.

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ID Code: 8102
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: clevo.wilson@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Biodiversity, Economics, Ecotourism, Sea turtles, Sustainable tourism, Wildlife conservation
ISSN: 0960-3115 (Print) 1572-9710 (Online)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:53

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