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Economic Aspects of Ecotourism: Wildlife-based Tourism and Its Contribution to Nature

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Clem Tisdell

School of Economics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, AU
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This paper defines ecotourism and outlines possible economic and conservational benefits from developing ecotourism or wildlife-based tourism. It identifies possible economic benefits for local communities and possible economic costs to such communities. A sufficient market does not always exist for wildlife-based tourism to make it economically viable. Therefore, market analysis should be undertaken before promoting the development of wildlifebased tourism. A checklist is provided to give guidance in market appraisal. Even non-consumptive wildlife-based tourism can have adverse environmental consequences. These are listed. Care is needed to avoid these negative consequences and to ensure that local communities obtain adequate economic benefits from the development of wildlife-based tourism.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sjae.v5i0.3478

SJAE 2003; 5(1): 83-95

How to Cite: Tisdell, C., (2011). Economic Aspects of Ecotourism: Wildlife-based Tourism and Its Contribution to Nature. Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. 5, pp.83–95. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sjae.v5i0.3478
Published on 26 Aug 2011.
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