For decades, conservation and development organisations have worked with communities to develop nature-based tourism, helping prevent unique landscapes from conversion to agriculture and urban development.
Under normal circumstances, tourism expenditure in protected areas alone amounts to $600 billion a year - but this has been drastically reduced by COVID-19.
For communities dependent on nature tourism for their income and livelihoods, the next year is critical.
We urgently need to find innovative solutions, including creating alternative sources of income, and ensure that nature tourism is part of economic recovery packages.
If your community, company or organisation can help, please get in touch with WWF
or check out the following initiatives and resources: