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Press Release 12-076

Can Nature's Beauty Lift Citizens From Poverty?

Researchers release findings on who benefits from nature tourism

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Photo of tourists watching pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve, May 2005.

Research shows nature tourism isn't an automatic ticket out of poverty for people who transition from farming to tourism for economic improvement. Here, tourists watch pandas at China's Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Wolong Nature Reserve, May 2005.

Credit: Wei Liu, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University


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Photo of souvenir shops in Wolong Nature Reserve, May 2008.

Souvenir shops line the entrance of China's Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Wolong Nature Reserve, May 2008.

Credit: Wei Liu, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University


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