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How 'eco' is ecotourism? A comparative case study of ecotourism in Costa Rica

Stem, C.J.; Lassoie, J.P.; Lee, D.R.; Deshler, D.J.

Journal of Sustainable Tourism 11(4): 322-347

2003


ISSN/ISBN: 0966-9582
DOI: 10.1080/09669580308667210
Accession: 003797508

This paper examines the potential of ecotourism as a tool for promoting conservation and community development, based on a comparative study in Costa Rica. Study findings were mixed regarding ecotourism's effectiveness as a conservation and community development tool. Survey respondents saw legal restrictions as more influential than tourism in prompting declines in deforestation and hunting rates.

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