Implications of invasive alien species for rainforest tourism: a case study on feral pigs in Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

Koichi, Kana, Cottrell, Alison, Sangha, Kamalijit K., and Gordon, Iain J. (2014) Implications of invasive alien species for rainforest tourism: a case study on feral pigs in Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. In: Prideaux, Bruce, (ed.) Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management: challenges for sustainable development. Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 259-274.

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[Extract] Rainforests are a significant focus of the world's biodiversity conservation because of their species richness (DeFries et al., 2005). Conservation strategies for rainforests rely on protected areas, such as national parks and World Heritage Areas, to protect remaining habitats and species. Protected areas are also recognised as important tourist attractions (Ceballos-Lascurain, 1996). Ecotourism is the primary mode of tourism in protected areas, and relies on an undisturbed environment as an important part of the ecotourism experience (Mowforth and Munt, 2003; Chan and Baum, 2007). Revenues gained from the ecotourism industry play an important role for biodiversity conservation (Gossling, 1999). This means that both ecotourism and biodiversity conservation can be mutually beneficial: ecotourism depends on the quality of the protected area environment as a prime attraction for tourists, and in turn, ecotourism serves as a powerful incentive for conservation, and as a revenue generator for protected areas.

Item ID: 37759
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-63582-0
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 23:35
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050103 Invasive Species Ecology @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960404 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 60%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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