Can Nature-based Tourism Help Conservation?

Concern has been expressed worldwide about the continuing global loss of biodiversity and socially acceptable policies are being sought to slow its rate of loss. Nature-based tourism adds economic value to the stock of wild biodiversity and is seen by many (especially when it involves ecotourism) as being an effective contributor to nature conservation. The fact that tourism is the world’s largest industry and that nature-based tourism is its most rapidly growing component suggests that it has a major impact on the state of natural environments. However, nature-based tourism (depending on its attributes) can be supportive or destructive of biodiversity, or may even have little impact on it, as Clem Tisdell and Clevo Wilson have discovered.

In our book ‘Nature-based Tourism and Conservation’, we identify and explore the type of factors that enable tourism to make a positive contribution to nature conservation, and also discuss its limits as a means for conserving biodiversity in the wild and possible negative environmental consequences.

The complete blog can be obtained from the Edward Elgar Blog site.


Clem Tisdell is Professor Emeritus in the School of Economics at The University of Queensland and a Professorial Research Associate of its Resource and Sustainable Management Group. He is regarded as one of the founders of tourism economics.

Clevo Wilson is Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology. His research interests are in environmental, agricultural and tourism economics with a special interest in nature-based tourism. He is the editor of the journal ‘Economic Analysis and Policy’, which is published by the Australian Economic Society (Qld branch).

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