Pro-poor tourism needs sustainable land use

Tourism can generate significant pro-poor benefits if social and environmental impacts are taken into account in developing a tourist destination. This includes both considering the carrying capacity of the tourist destination and ensuring that the local community benefits from the project as well. Observing landed property rights is just as important as the conservation of a destination's "natural capital". An ecosystem that works sustainably is a guarantor of tourism for the benefit of all that is successful in the long run.

Manuel Junck
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Sector Project  "Tourism and Sustainable Development"
Eschborn, Germany

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