On Tue, Apr 22, 2003 at 08:51:50AM +1000, wrote:
> Just came across this recent paper in the literature which may of interest
> to list members. ...
The author has the paper available at:
I've appended the abstract.
Sekercioglu, C. H. 2002.
Impacts of birdwatching on human and avian communities
Environmental Conservation 29 (3):282-289.
Ecotourism can be a vehicle for community-based conservation if it is
conducted with an emphasis on the well-being of local ecosystems and human
communities. Birdwatchers form the largest group of ecotourists and are,
on average, well-educated, wealthy and have specific expectations. This
makes them ideal ecotourists for community-based conservation. Therefore,
there is a need for a comprehensive review of birdwatching from a
conservation biology perspective. The specific objectives are: (1)
to review the economic potential of birdwatching for community-based
conservation; (2) to provide a basic framework for estimating the
financial contribution and environmental impact of birdwatchers; (3) to
outline the potential benefits and problems associated with this hobby;
and (4) to provide suggestions for improving the conservation value
of birdwatching. Even though the potential of birdwatching tourism to
improve the financial and environmental well-being of local communities
is high, many governments are unaware of this potential, research on the
economical and environmental impacts of this hobby is sorely needed,
and much needs to be done to increase the financial contribution of
birdwatching to local communities.
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