Wetland Tourism Case Studies

05/06/2012



Wetland tourism has benefits both locally and nationally for people and wildlife – benefits such as stronger economies, sustainable livelihoods, healthy people and thriving ecosystems.  The 14 case studies below, 13 of which are Ramsar Sites, have been selected to cover different wetland types around the world and to examine the diversity in the scale of tourism, the management processes in place, the many challenges encountered and, wherever possible, the management solutions employed.

The full texts of the case studies (links are in the right column) include considerable detail on the scale of tourism and how it is being managed.

Case Studies:

Country,
Site
Name
TourismRamsar Site
No.
Size (ha.)Link to
Case Study
Argentina

Iberá Marshes
~ 17,100 visitors/year (in the Ramsar Site only)

Boating, kayaking, hiking, nature trails, wildlife watching, horse riding
11621,300,000 ha

Ramsar Site (24,550 ha)
Read More
Australia

Kakadu National Park

~ 175,000 – 225,000 visitors/year

interpretative walks, indigenous art tours, boat cruises, guided bushwalks

2041,979,766 haRead More
Brazil

Abrohlos Marine National Park

~ 5,000 visitors/year

SCUBA diving, snorkelling, wildlife watching, nature trails

190291,300 haRead More
Colombia

Humedal la Conejera
~ 16,000 visitors/year

Nature trails, guided walks, relaxation, ecological restoration
--59 ha.Read More
Estonia

Soomaa

~ 45,000 visitors/year

Board walks, canoeing, guided walks, wildlife watching,  cultural experience

91239,639 haRead More
India

Tsomoriri
~ 20,000- visitors/year

Wildlife watching, trekking, jeep safaris, home stays, cultural experience
121312,000 ha
Read More
Kenya

Lake Nakuru
~ 300,000 visitors/year

Wildlife watching, sightseeing tours, self-guided vehicle tours, trail walks
47618,800 haRead More
Philippines

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
SCUBA diving, boating, bird watching, snorkeling101096,828 haRead More
Romania

Danube Delta

~ 50,000-73,000 visitors/year

Floating hotels, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, photo safaris, cultural experience

521580,000 ha
Ramsar Site  (647,000 ha)
Read More
Seychelles

Port Launay Coastal Wetlands
~125,000 visitors/year to Seychelles, 4,000 to Port Launay

Wildlife viewing, beaches, canoeing
1432121 haRead More
Slovenia

Skocjan Caves

~ 95,000 – 100,000 visitors/year

Cycling tours, educational trails, guided cave tours, walking

991
41,300 ha

Ramsar Site (650 ha)
Read More
Tunisia

Lake Ichkeul
~ 50,000 visitors/year

Nature trails, guided excursions, birdwatching, caving, hiking, horse and camel trekking
21312,600 haRead More
USA

Everglades
~ 1,000,000 visitors/year

Canoeing, boat tours, elevated board walks, hiking, camping, wildlife watching, fishing, bicycling, houseboats
374621,000 ha

Ramsar Site (566,143 ha)
Read More
Vietnam

Ba-Be Lake

~24,000 visitors/year

Boat tours, homestays, guided tours, cultural experience, birdwatching

193810,480 haRead More


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