Categories · Threats
The tourism industry is directly dependent upon healthy ecosystems and most tourism activities are also directly based on the many services provided by ecosystems. However, tourism can have both positive and negative affects on conservation and a common problem is unplanned and invasive infrastructure development.
Ironically it can be the very system established to protect biodiversity, such as national parks, that has a negative impact on biodiversity. Here the most detrimental impacts can be from the visiting public to protected areas and other sites rich in biodiversity but fragile environments, in that visitors bring an increased risk of fire (including the removal of branches for firewood) and the introduction of harmful pests and diseases. Many touristic sites include mountainous areas where conifers often prevail.
There are 19 taxa in the category – Residential and commercial development, Tourism:
Abies delavayi subsp. fansipanensis
This subspecies, described in 1997, is restricted to a single mountain in Northern Việt Nam. The main threats are its small population size and restricted distribution which make it potentially susceptible to stochastic events. … Read full species entry >
Poorly known species endemic to India where threats include forest clearance for agriculture, logging, firewood collection and infrastructure development… Read full species entry >
Restricted to the island of Hainan, China where the main threat has been exploitation of the bark and leaves for the valuable medicinal extracts. Habitat conversion and deforestation are now the most current threats… Read full species entry >
Represented by the two varieties C. dupreziana var. dupreziana (Algeria) and C. dupreziana var. atlantica (Morocco). Long-lived (2000 years) but their future is threatened by fire, seed collecting and climate change.… Read full species entry >
Cupressus dupreziana var. dupreziana
Native to the Sahara Desert in Algeria where it occupies a narrow strip of about 120km long on the edge of Tassili Plateau. It is Critically Endangered due to grazing and cutting for firewood… Read full species entry >
Endemic to California, USA where it is facing a range of threats including changes to fire regimes, urbanisation, invasive non-native plants and agriculture.… Read full species entry >
Endemic to Baja California, Mexico and the border area of California, USA. Threatened by fire and urbanisation.… Read full species entry >
Endemic to a small coastal area of California, USA where there is a potential threat of fire which could increase due to climate change… Read full species entry >
Native to Peninsular Malaysia and north Sumatera and threatened by fire and tourism.… Read full species entry >