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Community-Based Tourism and Local People's Perceptions Towards Conservation: The Case of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Uganda

Community-Based Tourism and Local People's Perceptions Towards Conservation: The Case of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Uganda
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Author(s): Jim Ayorekire (Makerere University, Uganda), Francis Mugizi (Makerere University, Uganda), Joseph Obua (Makerere University, Uganda) and Grace Ampaire (Makerere University, Uganda)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 27
Source title: Prospects and Challenges of Community-Based Tourism and Changing Demographics
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ishmael Mensah (University of Cape Coast, Ghana) and Ewoenam Afenyo-Agbe (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7335-8.ch003

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Abstract

Uganda is among the most bio-diverse countries and a competitive wildlife-based tourism destination in the world. Community-based tourism approach has been adopted in the country's conservation areas as a strategy to ensure that local communities benefit and support wildlife conservation. This chapter analyses local communities' perceptions of conservation and the benefits they get from tourism in Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area. The study reveals that local communities were concerned about loss of protected resources and support their conservation irrespective of the benefits they get from tourism in the conservation area. There is need to design conservation programmes that focus on local community-conservation-benefits nexus which take into consideration the perceived conservation values, strategies for benefit sharing and incorporation of indigenous knowledge systems.

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