Through Ecotourism, Poverty is Reduced near Protected Parks


credit: Ecotourism CA

According to a new research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, protected natural parks in Costa Rica reduced poverty in neighboring communities by promoting ecotourism.

Researchers find that increased tourism accounts for two-thirds of the reduction in poverty caused by protected areas. The article is entitled, "Quantifying causal mechanisms to determine how protected areas affect poverty through changes in ecosystem services and infrastructure."


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Federal Programs Related to - Environment, General/Other

Programs whose purpose is to preserve, protect, and where possible, improve the environment. Biodiversity Programs; Ecosystems

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