Tourism as a threat to critically endangered and endangered birds: global patterns and trends in conservation hotspots
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More than 12 % of bird species are threatened with extinction. Numerous anthropogenic activities and processes are considered responsible for such declines, including tourism related activities. These activities often occur in global biodiversity hotspots but few studies consider the potential risks associated with tourism. The relative importance of tourism as a threat to birds was quantified using a global analysis of the threats facing critically endangered and endangered birds in the hotspots. Sixty-three critically endangered and endangered bird species are reportedly threatened by tourism. Among those 63 species, marine, coastal and aquatic birds are threatened more by tourism than was expected. Hotspots with the most species threatened by tourism are Polynesia-Micronesia and the Mediterranean Basin. This study uses individual threatening processes in a new way to characterise hotspots for conservation action, advancing previous identification criteria. Analysing hotspots in terms of the relative presence of individual threatening processes may help to more effectively direct future research in these priority regions.
Biodiversity and Conservation
© 2013 Springer. This is an electronic version of an article published in Biodiversity and Conservation Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 1063–1082, 2013. Biodiversity and Conservation is available online at: http://link.springer.com/ with the open URL of your article.
Impacts of Tourism
Conservation and Biodiversity