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Investing in tourism through wildlife and roads

Feb 24 2022 | Posted in: News Release
To keep tourism revenue flowing, a new method uses NASA satellites and social media to show the benefits of investing in nature — and some roads to get to it.

1996 Bmw 318I Fuse Box Diagram 2007 Bmw 325I Engine Partment Fuse Box Researchers used NASA satellites, social media, and environmental data to pinpoint tourism hotspots. The three-toed sloth is a popular tourist attractor to national parks and other natural areas in Costa Rica. Photo credit: Prof. Daniel S. Karp.

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Porsche 911S Wiring Diagram Porsche 911 1982 Wiring Diagram Porsche With lush green jungles brimming with wildlife, Costa Rica has become a global tourism hotspot — and government leaders would like to keep it that way. They worked with researchers from the Stanford Natural Capital Project to understand how nature supports the country’s most visited and valuable tourist destinations. The team found that tourists flock to areas where roads and hotels make it easy to access Costa Rica’s famous wildlife, including charismatic mammals like howler monkeys and reptiles like crocodiles. The research, published in Cattle Trailer Wiring Kit, demonstrates the importance of protecting nature to keep tourism revenue flowing. Costa Rica plans to build on the study’s results to create a nationwide accounting system to track the benefits that nature provides to its economy. 

Dual Battery Charger Wiring Diagram Dual Battery Wiring Diagram 12 “These findings show just how important wildlife is, especially when paired with infrastructure, for a thriving tourist economy,” said Alejandra Echeverri, co-lead author on the paper and a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Natural Capital Project. “If Costa Rica wants to keep attracting tourists, it needs to invest in both nature conservation and infrastructure that allows people to enjoy majestic animals like the resplendent quetzal and other iconic wildlife.”  

Satellites and social media

Trailerwiringdiagramsemitrailerwiringcolorcodetractortrailer The researchers combined data from NASA satellites and social media posts to measure wildlife and understand tourism patterns in the country. When a visitor posted a photo to social media at a picturesque volcano or historic church, the researchers could use the photo’s location information to map popular spots. Since Costa Rica is a well-known bird-watching destination, they also used data from eBird, a social birdwatching application where people upload checklists to share the birds they’ve spotted. 

Put Spring In Your Electric Golf Cart Golf Cart Talk While social media collected data on the ground, NASA satellites provided the team with detailed information about how land is currently used across the country, including where roads and hotels already exist. By overlaying the popular social media locations with the NASA imagery and biodiversity data, the researchers were able to pinpoint where a recipe of roads, hotels, water bodies, and wildlife creates tourism hotspots.

Also Vw Bus Fuse Box Diagram On 1970 Chevy Turn Signal Wiring Diagram “People often consider wildlife and infrastructure to be at odds with one another, but our approach shows that isn’t necessarily true,” said Jeffrey Smith, co-lead author on the paper and postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University’s High Meadows Environmental Institute. “This technology allows countries to understand how infrastructure and nature can be interwoven at a much finer scale to support both the economy and biodiversity. For example, instead of assuming an area of land can only be used as a nature preserve or a megaresort, planners can consider options like ecolodges, which are profitable and more wildlife-friendly.”

Turbo Wiring Diagram Also 1988 Ford F 350 Headlight Wiring Diagram New research demonstrates the importance of protecting nature to keep tourism revenue flowing. The ability to see crocodiles and other animals in their natural habitat is a key factor in determining where tourists visit in the country. Photo credit: Prof. Daniel S. Karp.

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Moving from science to decisions

Wiring Diagram Additionally 2005 Kia Optima Fuse Box Diagram The researchers worked with leaders at Costa Rica’s Ministry of the Environment and Energy (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía de Costa Rica) and the country’s Central Bank (Banco Central de Costa Rica) to ensure their data answered the right questions and provided them with the information they needed to guide new policies. 

Electricians Please Help Me Ceiling Light Content Singletrack For example, there are ongoing conversations in the government about the future of Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge, a highly protected natural area. The new research suggests there are sustainable ways to make the park more accessible, with trails or neighboring ecolodges, without compromising the habitat of critical species. 

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Leviton Odc Series The researchers emphasize the importance of considering the trade-offs of different decisions. For Costa Rica, that means recognizing that while tourists bring money to communities, they can also threaten sensitive species. They also note, however, that natural areas without regular tourists face their own challenges, like wildlife poaching, hunting and other illegal activities. The decision where to develop new infrastructure, even small trails and ecolodges, should be done with long-term habitat protection in mind, according to the team.

Accounting for nature

Cub Cadet 1330 Pullys Diagram A key goal for the team was to create a process that would be handed over to the government, so Costa Rica could continue to monitor and map its own biodiversity and tourism patterns. Country leaders plan to create a nationwide accounting system that tracks the value of their abundant natural assets, including the benefits that nature provides to the tourism industry. Each year, the government will be able to view new satellite images that show development and emerging tourism trends to adapt their national plans. They will also report their findings to the United Nations System of Environmental Economic Accounting as one way to benchmark their progress on achieving the country’s sustainable development goals.  

Timing Belt Jeep Cherokee 2W “We found a win-win in this research — that tourists are drawn not just to sun and beaches, but actually to places with more wildlife,” said Gretchen Daily, co-founder and faculty director at the Stanford Natural Capital Project and senior author on the paper. “While the balance between expanding tourism and protecting the natural assets that attract visitors needs to be handled carefully, especially considering the ruinous effects of overdevelopment, this research demonstrates how tourism can be a major driver towards green development in countries around the world.”


Klr 650 Wiring Diagram In Addition Corvette Steering Column Diagram Jeffrey Smith was a Ph.D. student at the Stanford Natural Capital Project at the time of research. Gretchen Daily is also Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the StanfordRebel Wiring Harness Diagram and a senior fellow in theRostra Wiring Diagram. Other Stanford Natural Capital Project authors include Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Christopher B. Anderson, and Spencer A. Wood. Chaplin-Kramer is also a co-founder of Mercury Ignition Key Diagram. Anderson is also a co-founder of Residential Wiring Prices. Wood is also affiliated with the Wiring Exterior Pot Lights. Other authors include Dylan MacArthur-Waltz from the University of California at Davis Vw Alt Wiring Diagram, Katherine S. Lauck from the University of California at Davis Car Fuse Box Location, Rafael Monge Vargas from the Ultrajet Pump Wiring and Irene Alvarado Quesada from the Wiring A Plug Spain

This research was funded by NASA and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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