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Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas

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Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go and how to visit parks in other countries.

Yes, overtourism is a problem but so is undertourism. Inadequate funding and maintenance leads to low visitation which leads to declining social and financial investment which leads to abandonment. It doesn’t have to play out that way.

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