Anna Spenceley, Chair of the WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, TAPAS:
“In the framework of the study financed by the EU “Wildlife economy: sustainable tourism in protected areas”, we want to understand the impact of COVID-19 on wildlife tourism in protected areas, considering the impact on protected areas, businesses and local communities.
To do so, we have a set of 40 questions for those offering accommodation, tours, services and activities in protected areas to visitors.
The study will allow us to compare the period before the crisis with now, and estimates for the foreseeable future. We also ask about what kind of support might help (relating to the local value chains, and during different phases; conservation; business operations, policy interventions etc.) and on what terms these might work.
Individual responses will be held in confidence, and the results will be collated to motivate EU policy interventions.
If you are a tourism operator offering accommodation, tours, or activities in protected areas, please complete this form by Friday 24 April 2020 using this survey link“