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Manage tourism and nature to boost both, report says

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Tourism and the natural environment can be managed in ways that benefit both, new research reports suggest.
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The research reports—led by the University of Exeter and funded by the UKRI's Strategic Priorities Fund—identify ways to develop "positive synergies" between the visitor economy and the protection and enhancement of nature in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Recommendations include creating local networks with "community buy-in" to ensure the benefits of tourism are spread widely.

These networks could support "nature recovery projects," partly funded by donations from visitors.

The reports also recommend nature education for hospitality staff, allowing them to act as champions of the local environment.

"The pandemic has boosted the selling power of the natural environment of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly," said Professor Jane Wills, director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute on Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

"We know that record numbers of…
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