Parrot conservation and ecotourism in the Windward Islands
Abstract:The genus Amazona is represented on three islands in the Windward Islands. Since Europeans first visited the region in the fifteenth century, at least three parrot species have become extinct in the Windward Islands, and today all the extant parrots of the region are endangered. Several factors have contributed to the current plight of the parrots. The authorities in each of the islands of the Windward Islands that have endemic parrots have come to the realization that sound environmental management measures can complement rather than hinder national socioeconomic goals and objectives. Consequently, regional governments have begun to explore and foster linkages between conservation and other sectors of the economy. This article examines current parrot conservation efforts in the Windward Islands and the linkages which are being fostered between tourism and other sectors of the economy. Policy and research implications of the region's current parrot conservation efforts and ecotourism programme are also considered.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Forestry and Wildlife Division, Botanical Gardens, Roseau, Dominica, West Indies 2: 263 Lehotsky Hall, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-1005, U.S.A. 3: 126 Lehotsky Hall, Archbold Tropical Research Center, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-1019, U.S.A.
Publication date: 1996-05-01