Van der Duim, R. and R. Henkens
Coasts, lakes, rivers, mangroves and other wetland areas are an important resource for tourism. Tourists enjoy swimming and diving, watching birds and other wildlife or just enjoying the scenery. Less is known about the extent to which tourism in these wetlands contributes to poverty reduction in developing countries. The relationship between tourism and wetlands is however complex and sometimes adversarial. Tourism can impact wetlands in a number of ways such as by causing habitat loss, pollution, noise or over-consumption of water. But with proper planning tourism can also be an innovative mechanism for funding nature conservation and development of local livelihoods.