Chapter 23 Biodiversity and stressors rapid assessment
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Tourism of any kind occurs in environments shared with many species of flora and fauna that provide numerous ecosystem goods and services for people. Whether developed in an urban, suburban, or rural area, human-dominated or wild, tourism can have substantial benefits and drawbacks on habitats, wildlife, and natural systems. These outcomes affect tourism products in complex ways and can equally jeopardize or improve the quality of a destination and the experience visitors have, and thereby its ongoing social and economic viability. To understand and control these effects, this chapter provides cost efficient, easy to use, and replicable tools that tourism stakeholders can use to assess the baseline biological conditions of a site, establish objectives and priorities for the use of biodiversity, and monitor the resulting impacts. This chapter also presents information that managers can reference to inform guidelines for operators and visitors that can minimize negative externalities and maximize benefits.

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Editor: Anna Spenceley