‘Anurans Tourism’ in Crocker Range Park: Convergence of research and local people involvement towards conservation

Kueh, Boon Hee (2005) ‘Anurans Tourism’ in Crocker Range Park: Convergence of research and local people involvement towards conservation. In: Tenth Sabah Inter-agency Tropical Ecosystem (SITE) Research Seminar, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Nature tourism is a blooming industry synergizing environmental conservation and economic development. ‘Anurans Tourism’, an innovative nature tourism product on frogs and toads, shall preponderate the boons from nature tourism through magnification of environmental conservation, intensification of education and awareness on the environment, enhancement of local people involvement in conservation and nature tourism, revenue generation for local and national economies as well as improvement on the quality of nature tourism industry. Crocker Range Park is the largest protected area in Sabah yet with an area of 1,399.19 km2 and most probably, one of the most diverse parks as well. Anuran collections carried out between 1989 – 2002 by three groups of herpetologists recorded 63 species representing all five families in Sabah. The potential of ‘Anurans Tourism’ is measured through seven criteria: endemism, rarity, reliability of sightings, morphological attractiveness, behavioural enticement, safety and linkage to local cultures. Anurans in Crocker Range Park fulfil the criteria. However, the materialization and sustainability of ‘Anurans Tourism’ depends on continuous input of information pertaining to the ever-growing diversity of anurans, and on the participation of local people as custodians. Hence, this knowledge-driven and local people-based nature tourism product converges scientific research and local people involvement towards feasible conservation.

Item Type:Conference Paper (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anurans, Nature tourism, Conservation, Research, Local people, Crocker Range Park
Subjects:?? G154.9-155.8 ??
?? QH77_T78J68 ??
?? QL640-669.3 ??
Divisions:SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
ID Code:1464
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:14 Jun 2011 12:10
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 14:18

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