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Ana Krvarić 2 months ago
Project Officer at WWF Adria
A special issue of PARKS is devoted to the impact and implications of COVID-19 on the world’s protected and conserved areas. It describes how 11 peer reviewed papers and 14 essays have brought together the knowledge and findings of numerous experts from all parts of the world, supported by several wide-ranging surveys. The resulting global synthesis of experience answers some key questions: why did the pandemic occur? what has it meant for protected and conserved areas, and the people that depend on them? what were the underlying reasons for the disaster we now face? and how can we avoid this happening again?
While applaud is given to the international effort to combat the disease, the humanity urgently needs to devote as much effort to addressing the root causes of the pandemic – our fractured relationship to nature. Unless we repair it, humanity will face consequences even worse than this pandemic.
The issue can be seen online here: https://parksjournal.com/parks-27-si-march-2021/#conservation #COVID-19 #impact #pandemic #ProtectedArea #tourism
Ana Krvarić 1 year ago
Project Officer at WWF Adria
The 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas, launched by EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS), aim to promote good conduct among outdoor sports practitioners and to lower the impact of outdoor sports on the environment.
The poster is now available in 9 languages. Download it here.#ENOS #Europarc #impact #ProtectedArea #Sport #SustainableTourism
Andrea Solić 1 year ago
Programme Manager at WWF Adria
Can ecotourism deliver real economic, social, and environmental benefits? (interesting case from Costa Rica :-))
Doubt persists about ecotourism’s ability to make tangible contributions to conservation and deliver benefits for host communities. This work in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula tests the hypothesis that ecotourism in this region is more effective at improving well-being for local residents, at enhancing their access to key resources and information, and at supporting biodiversity conservation than other locally available economic sectors. Data from 128 semi-structured interviews with local
workers, both in ecotourism and in other occupations, together with associated research, indicate that ecotourism offers the best currently available employment opportunities, double the earnings of other livelihoods, and other linked benefits.
Locally, ecotourism is viewed as the activity contributing most to improvements in residents’ quality of life in the Osa Peninsula and to increased levels of financial and attitudinal support for parks and environmental conservation. Ecolodge ownership by local people is substantial, and many local ecotourism workers plan to launch their own businesses. The data offer a convincing rebuttal to arguments that ecotourism does little to address poverty or disparities in access to resources and equally rebuts claims that ecotourism is simply a part of the “neoliberal conservation toolkit” that cannot help but exacerbate the very inequalities it purports to address.
#CommunityDevelopment #conservation #CostaRica #ecotourism #impact
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