Protecting the Village and Park of Tortuguero, Costa Rica through Promoting Ecotourism

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management


Environmental Policy And Management


William Robinson


Costa Rica; Ecotourism; Ecotourism; Parque Nacional Tortuguero (Costa Rica) -- Environmental conditions; Sustainable Tourism; Tortuguero; Tortuguero (Costa Rica) -- Environmental conditions


In her book Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Honey writes Tourism, including ecotourism, is at a crossroads. The world is not going to stop traveling for leisure, but the consequences can no longer be ignored. A shift to people and places rather than products and profit is essential in order to protect pristine travel destinations. (Honey, 19) Tortuguero is an excellent example of a tourist destination that is at a crucial junction. The challenge of maintaining the economics benefits of tourism, while protecting those resources that make it a popular destination for tourists is a complicated one and should be dealt with carefully. Introducing a management plan for the National Park that encourages eco travel will have a positive effect on the community of Tortuguero and can result in a sustainable economy.

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