Potential Importance of Sociological Tourism for Madagascar's Protected Areas and Those Who Live Around Them

Chris Birkinshaw

Abstract


Tourism is a ubiquitous part of the management plans of Madagascar’s accessible protected areas (and even some that are inaccessible) where it is seen as an economic
justification for conservation and as a means to finance
conservation activities and provide benefits for the communities surrounding the nature reserves. This tourism
is normally focused on flora and fauna and little attempt
is made to interest the tourist in the lives of local people. Here, consideration is given to why this is so and the possible benefits of developing sociological tourism around Madagascar’s reserves.

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