Nature conservation and tourism in conflict. Shortcomings in the development of German tourism resulting in an increasing loss of nature and countryside

Wesemuller, H.; Wunschmann, A.

WWF Zeitschrift fur Mitglieder und Freunde der WWF 2: 3-6


Accession: 001225861

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The conflict between nature conservation and tourism is illustrated by examples from the mudflat region (Wattermeer) of the North Sea, and from the Alps. In the area of the North Sea mudflats, beach walks and excursions to seal territories and bird sanctuaries have caused considerable damage to the animal kingdom: salt marshes are also claimed as 'green' beaches. Traffic and watersports have likewise contributed to the damage. The Alpine valleys have, in the main, been developed with the tourist in mind although in some places the tourists outnumber the resident population by 25 to 1. Winter sports in particular lead to negative ecological effects on animals and plants as well as to an increased danger of erosion. However, several other examples show that nature conservation and recreation are not entirely incompatible.