New Zealand is in the process of reconsidering tourism & conservation

Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017

indexIn terms of biodiversity, New Zealand is one of 36 hotspots in the world. Its distinctive wildlife attracts tourists from every corner of the globe.


Each year, around three million foreign visitors arrive in New Zealand, adding whopping NZ $15 billion revenue to the country’s economy. At least half pay a visit to national park or protected area (PA). However, they contribute meager to these conservation lands.


Government policies executed ever since the year 2009 as part of a “conservation economy” vision targeted to encourage the growth of economy by opening up business access to national parks.


Many lucrative contracts have been followed with anticipation that businesses that profit from the natural capital of New Zealand would attract environmental and infrastructural gains. My study, however, finds no evidence of such developments. Here I suggest how businesses could assist to make nature tourism more sustainable.


Challenge of saving threatened species


Biodiversity is in major crisis worldwide. Experts have the same opinion that the world is experiencing its sixth mass extinction.


The third of the land area in New Zealand is protected. Many animals and plants are exquisite to this region although 80% of the country’s native bird species are in trouble.


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