Nishorgo Support Project has been implemented (2003-2008) as a pilot project at five Protected Areas of Bangladesh to introduce co-management approach first time in Bangladesh. Lawachara National Park (LNP) is one of these Protected Areas where ecotourism has been identified as one of the ‘Alternative Income Generation’ strategies. Previously there was no study on impacts of co-management on ecotourism at the Park. As a result, the present study aims to analyze the contributions of co-management approach to generate ecotourism impacts at LNP using ‘Prism of Sustainability’ as theoretical framework. Mixed method has been followed to get the perceptions of the key stakeholders. Results show that 57% of local people are aware of co-management approach. About 58% of total respondents perceive ecotourism impacts as the contributions of co-management approach. Respondents of moderate level of stake are more satisfied on co-management than major and minor stake for its contribution in ecotourism impacts generation. The ecotourism impacts under institutional dimension have been perceived as the most satisfied impacts contributed by the application of co-management. It suggests the appropriateness and applicability of ecotourism interventions at LNP and its fringes communities to ensure institutional benefits to the local people through the application of co-management approach.
|Journal||International Forestry Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|