|Objectives, Deliverables, Milestones
The “Ecotourism” workpackage will provide scientific guidelines for management of marine areas with substantial ecotourism activities in close cooperation with WPs 5, 7 and 8.
1. Development and testing of criteria for determining carrying capacity and/or limits of acceptable change (LACs) for marine tourism sites;
2. Design and definition of indicators; 3. Identification and implementation of efficient, cost-effective monitoring protocols; 4. Assessment of human impacts on biological communities at specific sites; 5. Elaboration/Improvement of conservation and management strategies.
Description of work
This WP focuses on selected National Parks / MPAs located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific: an oceanic archipelago, an oceanic island, an island in close proximity to the continent and a coastal National Park. The protected areas differ greatly in size, accessibility, level of studies, tourism infrastructure, number of annual visitors, management etc. In all cases, efforts are currently being made to regulate marine ecotourism activities especially those related to SCUBA diving and there
is great concern about illegal fisheries, e.g. on sharks. If applicable, special attention will be given to the involvement and benefit of fishers in Ecotourism activities.
A comparison of these MPAs will be used to identify and evaluate approaches to sustainable use of MPAs by tourists.
||Criteria to determine carrying capacity and LACs for ecotourism in the four MPAs under
study, including a revision of experiences with ecotourism outside the Eastern Tropical
Pacific (report; month 12);
||Indicators to monitor impact of ecotourism on MPAs (report, step-by-step tools, month 21);
||Testing of concepts and indicators with special focus on stakeholder involvement, interactions
with WPs, final report (report, month 33);
|| At least five scientific publications related to this WP to be published or submitted by WP
members before the end of the project (month 33).
All WP participants will contribute to all deliverables.
|| month 5
||WP members, representatives of WPs 5, 7, 8;
|| to discuss strategy, define criteria and develop monitoring protocols
||to compare and discuss results, adapt monitoring protocols and define, if
necessary, changes of strategy
||to discuss results and prepare final report