Designing Ecotourism in Gabon to Achieve Natural Resource and Biodiversity Conservation

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

Jerry Barker


Bushmeat crisis, Ecotourism, Gabon, Illegal hunting, Integrated conservation and development


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.

Publication Statement

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