Santarém F, Paiva F


Deserts are often neglected in what concerns conservation funding. Ecotourism, an alternative land-use with ability to preserve threatened biodiversity, is also less developed in these arid lands. Since ecotourism can constitute a complementary approach to natural and cultural resources and to local economy development, more investment should be allocated to desert ecotourism research. Particularly in sites where few alternatives remain to sustain the livelihoods of poor communities. Some key issues on desert ecotourism are discussed here. More research on this particular topic is needed.


Journal: Tourism Management Perspectives

DOI: 10.1016/j.tmp.2015.07.016