The Influence of Ecotourism for Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Hola, Fafi and Malindi Districts, Kenya.

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Kampala International University, School of science in environmental management
This publication is based upon a field study undertaken in June - August 2011 on the assessment of the potential of ecotourism development as viable enterprises in Southern I-lola, Fafi and Malindi Districts. The international eco-tourism society defines eco-tourism as a responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and sustains the well-being of the local people. Eco-tourism conserves the natural environment and well-being of local people through responsible travel. This definition emphasizes more on the impact rather than the motives for eco-tourism development. The objectives of the study were; to assess institutional capacity in the establishment of ecotourism enterprises; to determine and map ecotourism infrastructure facilities; to survey potential /perceived impacts! risks and costs of eco-tourism on environmental quality, biodiversity conservation and socio-economic dynamics in the identified sites; to assess the potential for increased income generation from the proposed enterprises with view to asses visitor numbers and document current tourism earnings in the three districts and extrapolate eco tourism earnings for the next three years; The research adopted the following methodologies in its endeavors to collect data and compile this report; Administered questionnaires, conducted consultative meetings, focused group discussions, and collection of secondary data. The study area has a number of protected areas and upcoming community conservancies particularly in Fafi and Hola districts with the potential for increased eco-tourism earnings. The region is within the coastal tourism circuit with world heritage sites (Malindi) and Hola, which is the economic hub of North Eastern province with remarkable visitor number mainly from the international organizations, and the public sector. The proximity to Somalia provides unique opportunity for eco-tourism investments. Eco-tourism will create employments generate revenue for both private and public sector and will open up a formally neglected arid and semi-arid region of the north eastern and coastal areas of Kenya
A Project Report Presented To The College Of Applied Sciences And Technology In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Award Of Bachelor Of Science In Environmental Management Of Kampala International University
Ecotourism for Sustainable Development, Malindi Districts, Kenya