Can tourism, poverty reduction and nature conservation go hand in hand? Yes, say Wageningen researchers. They found that innovative, small-scale tourism projects in Kenya stimulate nature conservation, create jobs and improve the overall living conditions of the local population.
These small projects, which were co-funded by the Dutch national government, have paved the way for other initiatives. They showed that if the tourism sector is aware of the economic value of biodiversity preservation, it is possible to create sustainable value for people, planet and profit. This is how Wageningen UR contributes to improving the quality of life.
Overview research projects ecotourism