Whale shark "ecotourism" in the Phillipines and Belize: Evaluating conservation and community benefits

Whale shark "ecotourism" in the Phillipines and Belize: Evaluating conservation and community benefits

Primary Country: multiple
Ecosystem: species
Sample Value Estimates: For Donsol, Phillipines and Placencia, Belize, stakeholders have chosen to have a protected area in their own waters for whale sharks, but with the coming of tourism, attention has shifted from eco-tourism for whale shark protection to tourism for commercial gain. The race to maximize profits has resulted in crowded conditions at the whale shark aggregations sites. A successful long-term apporach is contingent on the following: impacts to the whale sharks and the environment must be properly managed, conflicts among stakeholders must be relieved through better management practices, benefits must be spread more equitably for all participants, and the two sites must continue to receive active NGO and government support.
Region: multiple

Publication information

Quiros, A.L. [Initial. Lastname] (J. Doe) “Whale shark "ecotourism" in the Phillipines and Belize: Evaluating conservation and community benefits” Yale Tropical Research Bulletin 24: 42-48, 2005

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