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Tourism and nature conservation in tropical seas

Mass tourism threatens coral reefs in tropical seas. Waste and sewage from hotels and cruise ships are released into the sea. But, tourism is also a source of income, and can thus help in protecting nature. Wageningen ecologists, economists and biologists develop a method to determine the correct balance between tourism and nature conservation. In the Dutch Caribbean and Sout-East Asia, they study how marine life responds to changes, and seek solutions in collaboration with local partners. How do you think tourism may contribute to nature conservation?