Nature conservation and tourism development in the Dutch Wadden Sea region: a common future?

Hans Revier

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    This chapter is about the development of tourism in the Dutch Wadden Sea Region in combination with nature conservation. The main question is whether they have a common future. There are some future points stated:

    - Nature and landscape of the Wadden Sea are the main pull factors for the tourism development.
    - Future tourism development requires a clear strategy that is supported by various stakeholders
    - Raising awareness about the natural values results in more visitors and public support for nature conservation
    - The World Heritage status facilitates cooperation between local entrepreneurs and nature conservation organisations

    Overall the conclusion can be drawn that, stimulated by the World Heritage status of the Wadden Sea and facilitated by a trilateral Sustainable Tourism Strategy, tourism development and nature conservation and can mutually benefit. Raising awareness about the natural values of the Wadden Sea will result in more visitors to the region and contributes to an emotional attachment to the protected area and public support for the conservation programs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Future of European Tourism
    Place of PublicationLeeuwarden
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • tourism
    • nature defence

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