"Ecotourism Collapse Threatens Communities And Wildlife"

"From Kenya to the Seychelles, coronavirus has dealt a devastating blow to efforts to protect endangered wildlife"

"From the vast plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya to the delicate corals of the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles, conservation work to protect some of the world’s most important ecosystems is facing crisis following a collapse in ecotourism during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisations that depend on visitors to fund projects for critically endangered species and rare habitats could be forced to close, according to wildlife NGOs, after border closures and worldwide travel restrictions abruptly halted millions of pounds of income from tourism.

Throughout the pandemic, scientists have repeatedly urged humanity to reset its relationship with nature or suffer worse outbreaks. But the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown have raised fears of a surge in poaching, illegal fishing and deforestation in life-sustaining ecosystems, with tens of thousands of jobs in the ecotourism sector at risk around the world."

Patrick Greenfield and Peter Muiruri report for the Guardian May 5, 2020.


"As Visitors Vanish, Madagascar’s Protected Areas Suffer A ‘Devastating’ Blow" (Mongabay)

"Wildlife Tourism Workers In Limbo As Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 Shutdown Continues" (Mongabay)

"Conservation in Crisis: Why Covid-19 Could Push Mountain Gorillas Back To The Brink" (Guardian)

Source: Guardian, 05/06/2020