Community participation in ecotourism and its effect on local perceptions of snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation

Vannelli, Kate and Hampton, Mark P. and Namgail, Tsewang and Black, Simon A. (2019) Community participation in ecotourism and its effect on local perceptions of snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, . ISSN 1087-1209. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2019.1563929) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Local support and involvement is often essential for effective wildlife conservation. This study assessed the impact of local involvement in ecotourism schemes on perceptions of wildlife, promotion of conservation action, types of values that communities placed on wildlife, and contexts in which wildlife are considered to be most valuable. The study used qualitative semi-structured interviews conducted in seven villages in Ladakh, India, which is an important region of snow leopard (Panthera uncia) habitat. Results indicated that in these communities, ecotourism-based interventions encourage more positive perceptions of wildlife species, in particular the snow leopard. Achieving change in community perceptions of wildlife is key when implementing ecotourism schemes to enable more effective conservation, as well as generating local awareness and value for wildlife toward problematic keystone species such as the snow leopard, which are frequently the focus of human-wildlife conflict.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: instrumental value, snow leopard, perceptions, ecotourism, human-wildlife conflict
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Human Ecology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 09:04 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 12:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71532 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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