Argument: Ecotourism generates funds for conservation
- "Ecotourism and Conservation Finance. Making tourism pay its way". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 1.29.08 - "Over the long term, the future of national parks and other protected areas depends on their ability to be financially self-sustaining. Funds are needed for the management of conservation lands and waters as well as for ensuring the health and well-being of nearby populations. The Conservancy helps partners design and implement a range of financial mechanisms that support on-site management of protected areas and provide incentives for landscape and national level conservation.
- Through consultations with park service staff, conservation organizations, communities and tourists, we work with partners to develop and test strategies for using tourism as a source of funding for conservation. Entrance fees, dive fees, tourism concessions and tourist donation funds are examples of revenue-generating strategies that are proving successful. As a critical complement to developing these initiatives, we work to ensure that the funds are well managed supporting key conservation objectives."