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Linking tourism to watersheds and people: A preliminary analysis of the potential of the tourism sector to contribute to payments for watershed services in Dunn's River, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Speyside, Tobago

Nicole Leotaud


This study examined the potential and mechanisms for the tourism sector – as a downstream beneficiary of watershed services – to provide support to the upstream watershed management practices that maintain these services.

Four guiding questions were used in structuring this analysis:
1. Is the tourism sector a beneficiary of watershed services and if so, what is the value of the watershed services to the tourism sector?
2. Does the tourism sector have the capacity to pay, and is it a willing buyer of watershed services?
3. Do the poor and vulnerable communities in the watershed have the capacity to provide watershed services and are they willing to do so?
4. What are the potential payment mechanisms for watershed services by the tourism sector?

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