Evidences of climate change impacts on ecotourism in the Caribbean basin

Evidences of climate change impacts on ecotourism in the Caribbean basin

During the last recent years several potential climate change impacts on the main human economical activities such as tourism has been described, and there are relevant reports, scientific studies and newspaper information explaining the most important effects and consequences derived from such impacts.

This paper focus on the observed climate change impacts registered in Cuba, as a country representative of the general behavior in the Caribbean basin. This region is one of the major tourist destination all over the world, due to the general quality of the environment and the existence of significant natural resources, very appropriate for the general tourism and ecotourism activities.

The paper includes some remarks and recommendations oriented to the prevention and mitigation of the most negative climate change impacts on the tourist activities, based upon the Cuban experiences during the consecutive impacts of hurricanes in August and September 2008.

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