Developing ecotourism for the survival of sea turtles

Tisdell, Clem and Wilson, Clevo (2000). Developing ecotourism for the survival of sea turtles. Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and the Environment 45, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

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Author Tisdell, Clem
Wilson, Clevo
Title Developing ecotourism for the survival of sea turtles
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and the Environment
Report Number 45
Publication date 2000-08-01
Publisher The University of Queensland Economics Department
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Language eng
Subject 14 Economics
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
149902 Ecological Economics
1506 Tourism
Abstract/Summary 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 demonstrated 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. It is argued that significant interdependence exists between the sustainability of these two variables.
Keyword Biodiversity
Sea Turtles
Sustainable Tourism
Wildlife Conservation
Additional Notes ISSN 1327-8231

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