• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

Conserving desert biodiversity through crocodile-based ecotourism in Mauritania

 

Ecotourism helps preserving biodiversity and enhancing local communities’ livelihoods, but little research was done in deserts to date. This study will investigate the suitability of Mauritanian rock-pools for the development of West African crocodile-based ecotourism and how it may improve the species conservation. Biodiversity, environmental and cultural data will be collected. Contingent valuations will be performed to estimate the ecotourism ability to preserve crocodiles. All data will be integrated to rank rock-pools in terms of their potential for ecotourism development and to provide a pilot-framework of the capacity of ecotourism to preserve natural and cultural resources in deserts.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Frederico Santarém

Frederico Santarém

PhD Student

 
Research Team:
 
 
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
CIBIO-InBIO/UP
 
Funded by:
Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation Application
 
Dates:
2015 (Duration: 2 years)