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Tourism, Recreation & Coral Reefs. Elizabeth Halpenny Nature Tourism Solutions / University of Waterloo. Overview. The “Big Picture”: impacts of tourism and recreation Solutions & case studies. The big picture: Impacts. Tourism and recreation are: - here to stay

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Tourism recreation coral reefs

Tourism, Recreation & Coral Reefs

Elizabeth Halpenny

Nature Tourism Solutions / University of Waterloo


Overview

Overview

  • The “Big Picture”: impacts of tourism and recreation

  • Solutions & case studies


The big picture impacts

The big picture: Impacts

  • Tourism and recreation are:

    - here to stay

    - big business, largest economic sector

    - US travel receipts for 2001 were US$72.3 billion


Elizabeth halpenny

  • TIAA (1997) 83% of US travelers support “green” travel companies and are willing to spend on average 6.2% more for environmentally responsible travel services and products


The big picture impacts1

The big picture: Impacts

  • Tourism and recreation are:

    - here to stay

    - big business, largest economic sector

    - US travel receipts for 2001 were US$72.3 billion

    - diverse (small and large scale companies) (broad range of activities)


The big picture impacts2

The big picture: Impacts


The big picture impacts3

The big picture: Impacts

  • Positive impacts

    - income generation for MPAs

    - income generation for local communities

    - increased environmental awareness

    - health benefits to humans from recreational activities


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The big picture: Impacts


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The big picture: Impacts

  • Negative Impacts

    - trampling of corals

    - siltation

    - pollution (suntan oil, boat fuel, motor noise, sewage, etc.)

    - increase fresh water runoff

    - increase in fish harvesting


The big picture review

The big picture: Review

  • Tourism & recreation are:

  • Big business

  • Entrenched, here to stay

  • Diverse and complex

  • Brings positive and negative impacts

  • Hard to measure, manage, or plan for


Solutions case studies

Solutions: Case Studies

  • Hawaii: ReefWatchers; ReefTeachers; Watchable Wildlife Project


Solutions case studies1

Solutions: Case Studies

  • Florida: Sea Smart, Dive Smart Program; REEF Fish Survey Project; Great American Fish Count


Solutions case studies2

Solutions: Case Studies

  • California: Coral Parks Program and recreationists guidelines; Protect the Living Reef campaign


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Solutions: Case Studies

  • Kosrae, FSM: Kosrae Village Ecolodge


Solutions overview

Solutions Overview

  • Education and Outreach

  • Monitoring

  • Increased understanding of tourism and recreation sector

  • Guidelines

  • Financing


Thank you

Thank you

Elizabeth Halpenny

Nature Tourism Solutions /

University of Waterloo

Email: [email protected]

&

The International Ecotourism Society

Web: www.ecotourism.org


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