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False Promise or False Premise? Using Tourism Revenue Sharing to Promote Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Tumusiime, David Mwesigye
dc.contributor.author Vedeld, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-21T20:51:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-21T20:51:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7830
dc.description.abstract "Tourism and the sharing of the associated revenues with local people have been increasingly fronted as key instruments for maintaining protected areas (PAs) globally. This paper focuses on a tourism revenue sharing scheme employed in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, involving rural farmers. We find that the scheme faces difficulties in integrating with the existing local historical, socio-economic, and institutional landscapes. Similar experiences from other cases suggest that these challenges are generic, and relate to lack of real local participation; an insignificant scale of economic returns to local people relative to costs; inept institutions in charge of planning, managing and evaluation efforts; and an institutional complexity that constrains most activities. We conclude that although tourism revenue sharing is an appealing concept, and its oft-quoted logic of promoting conservation and rural development is difficult to ignore, it is challenging to plan and implement in competent ways. We do not suggest abandoning tourism revenue sharing, but rather believe that a more concerted effort to overcome the mechanism's economic and institutional shortcomings, as identified in this paper, may be more appropriate. The overall findings indicate that problems are not with tourism revenue sharing as an ambition, but with the difficulties encountered in putting it into practice." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject revenue sharing en_US
dc.subject ecotourism en_US
dc.subject parks en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.title False Promise or False Premise? Using Tourism Revenue Sharing to Promote Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Uganda en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Uganda en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 10 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 15-28 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January-March en_US

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