Using regional geographic scale substitution to value coastal wildlife tourism: implications for stakeholders, conservation and management

D'Lima, Coralie, Welters, Riccardo, Hamann, Mark, and Marsh, Helene (2016) Using regional geographic scale substitution to value coastal wildlife tourism: implications for stakeholders, conservation and management. Ocean & Coastal Management, 128. pp. 52-60.

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Abstract

Marine and coastal wildlife tourism industries such as cetacean and shark tourism are increasing globally, as is the need to value and sustainably manage these industries. To reliably estimate expenditures attributable to wildlife tourism, it is important to consider the degree to which the target species can be substituted by other attractions in the same geographic area. However, the effect of substitution between coastal wildlife tourism industries and other geographically-connected tourist attractions across a broad region is typically neglected. We value a coastal wildlife tourism industry by considering the influence of substitution between wildlife tourism and other attractions, locally and regionally. Using surveys, we found that dolphin-watching at Chilika Lagoon was partially substituted by other attractions locally, and geographically neighbouring attractions in the region of Odisha (India). If dolphins are extirpated, stakeholders in Chilika and Odisha will lose, but neighbouring stakeholders gain. This approach is useful for: (1) estimating the value of coastal wildlife tourism where neighbouring attractions also draw tourists to a region, (2) identifying which stakeholders to target through conservation and management interventions.

Item ID: 44934
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: coastal wildlife tourism; tourism valuation; geographic substitution; Orcaella revirostris; wildlife conservation
ISSN: 1873-524X
Funders: Conservation Leadership Program
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 00:08
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 60%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics @ 10%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 30%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 10%
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