Title

Designing Ecotourism in Gabon to Achieve Natural Resource and Biodiversity Conservation

Date of Award

8-9-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Jerry Barker

Keywords

Bushmeat Crisis; Ecotourism; Gabon; ICDP; Illegal Hunting; Integrated Conservation and Development

Abstract

Gabon is a west-central African country, and one of the most forested and biologically diverse countries on the continent. The geographic region of focus for this capstone is Loango National Park, which is known for its abundance of natural and biological resources and its potential for ecotourism. Ecotourism has the potential to be a means for achieving both biodiversity conservation and economic development. However, Gabon has several infrastructure, conservation, and economic development issues that must be addressed before ecotourism can be successfully developed. The bushmeat crisis is one such issue that is impeding Gabon's ability to grow ecotourism. This study analyzes these issues, provides a set of recommendations to overcome them, and a process to develop ecotourism in Gabon.

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