Last month saw the publication of a new paper in the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals about 'Tourist Traps: Assessing the Role of Tourism in Sustaining Life Below Water'. Authored by Dr Jess Savage, Senior Teaching Fellow (GSD); Dr Godwin Yeboah, Senior Research Fellow (IGSD); and Dr Sarah Cook, Research Fellow (Warwick Water Group), this paper explores a number of key questions, including:
- How does tourism influence MPA design and governance?
- Does tourism act as an equitable livelihood diversification mechanism?
- Is tourism actually less environmentally destructive than more traditional activities?
Each question is explored "using a narrative approach to review global MPA targets and critically examine the reality of marine tourism in achieving combined livelihood support, ecological function, and marine biodiversity goals".
Savage J.M., Cook S., Yeboah G. (2020) Tourist Traps: Assessing the Role of Tourism in Sustaining Life Below Water. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T. (eds) Life Below Water. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71064-8_126-1
What are MPAs?
Marine protected areas (MPAs) primarily aim to alter the way that humans interact with their environment, reducing the use and extraction of natural resources, such as fish.