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 18 taxa in the category – Residential and commercial development, Tourism:
Juniperus turbinata is widespread but scattered, and mainly limited to the coast of the Mediterranean, where it often occurs in or close to urbanized coastal strips, where much of the habitat has been irreversibly destroyed .… Read full species entry >
Native to a very small area in the Blue Mountains of Australia where threats include pollution, invasive plants species and extreme fire events… Read full species entry >
Pinus brutia var. pityusa
Endemic to the north-east Black Sea area where its habitat is threatened by development… Read full species entry >
Pinus radiata var. radiata
Endemic to central-coastal California, USA where the three remaining stands are mainly threatened by fire, pitch canker and urbanisation.… Read full species entry >
Endemic to Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo where extreme droughts and tourism pose a potential fire hazzard.… Read full species entry >
Endemic to a very small area in northern Florida, USA where historically the population was much depleted due to selective logging which has led to fragmentation and poor regeneration… Read full species entry >
Distributed in NE China, North and South Korea where it has mainly become threatened through deforestation.… Read full species entry >