Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.

Study of the Local Tourism Demand to Support the Development of Sustainable Tourism in Indigenous Lands in Mato Grosso

CSF-Brazil is conducting a study of the local tourism demand in Mato Grosso state to support the development of sustainable tourism in local Indigenous Lands (ILs).

Mato Grosso is one of the Brazilian states with the highest rates of soybean production in the world. This activity, together with cotton and livestock production and hydropower dam construction, endanger the survival of native populations and local biodiversity. Tourism is often seen by indigenous people as an important potential alternative for income generation, and a way to contribute to sustainable land use by preventing other impactful activities. This activity could also promote the permanence of the indigenous people in their territories, while maintaining and disseminating their culture. Several indigenous communities in this state have been organizing themselves to develop tourism activities on their lands.

In this context, CSF-Brasil, in partnership with the NGO Native Amazon Operation (OPAN), is assessing the process of implementing tourism in the ILs of the Juruena river basin, in the state of Mato Grosso. The goal of our work is to:
- Identify the characteristics of the tourism supply in these ILs, as well as the challenges and expectations of the indigenous and the tourism operators;
- Understand the demand for tourism in ILs and the factors that determine the choices of tourists;
- Generate information to contribute to the investment decisions of the natives, tour operators and other actors in the tourism industry.

As part of our methodology, we deployed an online questionnaire to a list of potential tourists and tourism operators in order to understand the profile and preferences of tourists interested in these kinds of activities. To do so, we used a choice experiment, which is an economic valuation method based on the assessment of multiple hypothetical scenarios. This method allows for a quantitative interpretation of perception about the type of activities offered and their price.

With our results, we hope to contribute to the strengthening of the indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon, by supporting them in their effort to protect nature and their culture.

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Photo: Indigenous hollow in the Tirecatinga IL, in Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Photo credit: Marion Le Failler.