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Coverage of ecotourism since December 15, 2022.

Nova Scotia judge rules minister's approval of wind farm project was reasonable

"...Specifically, it contended that the minister failed to adequately address the wind farms impact on mainland moose and the communitys use of the area for outdoor recreation and ecotourism..."

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Feasibility study set to begin on potential protected area in northern Manitoba

"...The federal and provincial governments, along with Indigenous communities, have signed a memorandum to start a feasibility study on the Seal River watershed..."

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Pristine watershed steps closer to protection for posterity

"...It’s been a long time coming for the Seal River watershed. The alliance, composed of the four First Nations surrounding the area, including the Sayisi Dene First Nation, Northlands Denesuline First Nation, Barren Lands First Nation, and O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, was formally incorporated in 2020. Meanwhile, Winnipeg, Ottawa and the alliance committed to a feasibility study about a year ago..."

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Fighting for Wildlife in a Time of War Hakai Magazine

"...Once common in eastern Europe and central Asia, kulan (Equus hemionus kulan) have been on the International Union for Conservation of Natures Red List of Threatened Species since 1994, with their population now classed as endangered and severely fragmented. The 20 donkeys released onto the steppe in late December 2021 were the second such reintroductionthe first was in May of the previous yearas part of an effort to rewild the larger Danube Delta region in Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania. Here, a constellation of organizations, supported by Rewilding Europe, has been working to restore a landscape scarred by industrialization and diminished by overhunting..."

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During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Fish Hit the Park Hakai Magazine

"...Scores of tropical fish, a substantial shark population, and colorful corals draw thousands of tourists to Mexicos Cabo Pulmo National Park each month. That is, except from March through August 2020, when restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 barred people from visiting the protected area in the Gulf of California. As it did around the world, the sudden shortfall in tourism dollars hit the local economy hard..."

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B.C. Coastal Issues Poll Finds Strong Consensus on Future of Coastal Economy

"...Marine conservation is rated by 93% as important to the future coastal economy, followed by renewable energy (86%), and outdoor recreation (82%). Rounding out the top five priorities are small-scale community fisheries (83%) and ecotourism (79%). At the bottom of the list are fish farming (69%) and deep sea mining (44%)..."

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Group seeking court review of approval for wind farm project in northern Nova Scotia

"...She says Protect Wentworth Valley wants the government to establish clearer environmental assessment guidelines as it considers further development of industrial wind farms. The Higgins Mountain project would erect 17 wind turbines between the communities of Westchester Station, Wentworth Station and Londonderry. Story continues below advertisement..."

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Here's how Brazil plans to end Amazon deforestation by 2030

"...It also looks to develop a green economy to sustain theAmazonregion without deforestation that will include the certification of forest products, technical assistance for producers, provision for infrastructure, energy and internet connection, and the encouragement of ecotourism. Lula also said the government intends to announce a new set of measures to combat crimes such as illegal logging, illegal mining, hunting and fishing in indigenous territories, environmental protection areas, and in theAmazonas a whole. (Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Mark Porter and Aurora Ellis)..."

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Can Mexico save its reefs from overtourism? Corporate Knights

"...Thousands of tourists disembark from the cruise ships in the morning, flooding the 48-kilometre-long island during the day. And an estimated 20% of them go snorkelling to explore the beautiful coral reef just off the coast. This coral makes up part of the Mesoamerican Reef, which stretches from just north of Cancun all the way down to Honduras and is the second-largest in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef..."

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Costa Rica ponders ways to sustain reforestation success

"...Costa Rica went from having one of the world’s highest deforestation rates in the 1980s to a nation centered on ecotourism, luring world travelers with the possibility of moving between marine reserves and cloud forest in a single day..."

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278 days of killer whale sightings last year in the Salish Sea

"...The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), a group made up of ecotourism professionals from 30 companies, reports record-breaking numbers of Bigg’s killer whales and humpbacks spotted in the waters last year..."

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Jobs in ecotourism

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Family Practice position (300-0810) (Permanent Family Practice position)

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"...Situated in the center of an absolutely pristine outdoor recreational area, there is an active ecotourism industry focused on fishing, hiking, mountain biking and..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention ecotourism.

The Rise of Indigenous Ecotourism on Vancouver Island

Duration: 28:57

"...Before the pandemic, Indigenous ecotourism was booming..."

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Jordan Flagel | TREE

Duration: 29:58

"...Jordan Flagel is the Executive Director and Founder of TREE, whose mission is to provide life changing experiences in nature and actionable change in the environment. ..."

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34. Ecotourism, Bro Buds & Jesus

Duration: 1:12:00

"...In this episode Erica talks with Florida State University graduate Lindsay Hooper, about her masters thesis evaluating compliance levels of ecotourism boats in relation to NOAA's viewing guidelines..."

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The Wild World of Ecotourism

Duration: 47:37

"...Ecotourism keeps visitors – and the animals they’re viewing – happy and healthy..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about ecotourism.

Zardun | An exclusive sanctuary resort

"...Blending contemporary luxury with nature, Zardun will offer the ultimate premium ecotourism experience..."

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Overtourism: what can we do? with Dr Martha Honey and Kelsey Frenkiel

"...Her previous books include Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean: Selling Sunshine (Routledge Press, 2019), Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1998 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002)..."

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Zardun | NEOMs nature retreat

"...Explore NEOMs vibrant surroundings - including coral reefs and marine life - at Zardun, a luxury ecotourism destination that blends contemporary luxury with nature..."

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Uncover Zardun

"...Explore just a few of Zarduns incredible features, and discover what makes this captivating ecotourism destination truly remarkable..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about ecotourism relevant to the latest news.

Monitoring temporal changes in coastal mangroves to understand the impacts of climate change: Red Sea, Egypt

"...Change detection analyses using satellite imagery were conducted to evaluate the effects of rapid coastal sustainable development, including human urban and tourism activities; the decline and destruction of large areas of the mangrove forest for animal feeding along camel trade roads; and the threat of natural impacts such as flash flooding, coastal and soil erosion or human impacts such as established desalination plants and other human activities along the coastal zone of the Egyptian Red Sea..."

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Coral Reefs of the Emirates

"...Coral reefs represent the most biodiverse ecosystem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and these habitats support high fisheries productivity, an economic resource sector second only to oil, and a burgeoning ecotourism sector..."

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Ecotourism through the perception of forest villagers: understanding via mediator effects using structural equation modeling

"...Study results offer significant implications for policymakers and ecotourism planners for decreasing pressure on forest ecosystems through participatory forest management approaches to sustainable development in rural areas associated with forest ecosystems..."

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Legislative hurdles to using traditional domestic livestock in rewilding programmes in Europe

"...Livestock rewilding (LR) is a form of rewilding-lite, that uses livestock landraces as keystone species in the restoration of herbivory (the functional integrity of ecosystems) offering ecosystem services, such as ecotourism and the sale of livestock population surpluses, that can mitigate the economic and social effects of rural depopulation..."

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Ecosystem services provided by river-floodplain ecosystems

"...RFEs provide valuable regulating services, including water regulation, storm protection, erosion control, water purification, waste treatment, and disease control..."

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Stakeholder Analysis in Solving the Problem of Accumulation of Plastics in Surface Waters of Protected Areas

"...The consequences of changes in ecosystems significantly have impact on the economic effects of activities that depend on ecosystem services, including touristic activities..."

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Way forward for the Sustainable Development of Protected Areas: Integrated Strategic Development Approaches

"...The general aim of this book is to explore the knowledge gap on the impact of human activity on the natural capitals of protected areas and devise strategic approaches through the formulation of a conceptual framework which will help to enhance the management and governance of protected areas (by taking the case of Nech Sar National Park)..."

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Falling ?fortresses?: Unlocking Governance Entanglements and Shifting Knowledge Paradigms to Counter Climate Change Threats in

"...Conducted in the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve ?world?s largest mangrove forest ecosystem and a climate change hotspot located along the Bay of Bengal across India and Bangladesh ?the study finds an urgent need of rethinking and recalibrating biodiversity conservation in the times of climate change..."

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Analysis and global research trends on nautical tourism and green coastal infrastructures: the case of coral reefs and seagrass

"...Finally, emerging research trends have been identified, including environmental monitoring and tracking programs aimed at controlling tourism, aspects related to the participation of the population and local tourism sectors, and the role of ecotourism in marine protected areas..."

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Modelling of the environmental sustainability assessment index for inhabited islands

"...Pursuing the development of economic growth while paying attention to ecological and environmental protection has become a paradigm for scientific development in a friendly coexistence between people and the environment..."

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Visitor?s Willingness to Pay for Cultural Ecosystem Services in Bangladesh: An Assessment for Lawachara National Park, a Biodiv

"...Cultural ecosystem services are the non-material benefits we obtain from nature, which include but are not limited to recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, physical and mental health benefits..."

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