‘A critical time’: how Covid-19 piled the pressure on conservation efforts
Ecotourism revenues plummeted around the world as some areas saw poaching and land grabs increase in 2020
- Conservation in crisis: ecotourism collapse threatens communities and wildlife
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From the Nepalese Himalayas where tigers patrol the snowy peaks to the lush forest homes of mountain gorillas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, national parks emptied as Covid-19 spread around the world in 2020. Billions of pounds of ecotourism revenue – crucial to the livelihoods of many communities that live alongside biodiverse areas – dried up as people were locked down.
Some parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa recorded spikes in poaching and human-wildlife conflict amid mass redundancies of park rangers and reduced enforcement capabilities.