Repercussions of the 2010 extreme drought on ecotourism management at the Mamirauá SDR.

Rodrigo Zomkowski Ozorio, João Valsecchi, Fernanda Pozzan Paim


The environmental seasonality in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve (MSDR) gives ecotourism management unique characteristics, both in terms of the availability of ecotourism attractions as well as logistical, operational and economic challenges. The extreme drought in 2010 exemplified an unusual effect on ecotourism activity in the MSDR. In this study, the repercussions of this natural event on ecotourism management were investigated through an analysis of operational costs, visitor satisfaction levels, density of primates on the trails and visitor numbers to the Reserve. The results suggest that, among the indicators evaluated, fuel and some visitor satisfaction items were more sensitive to the rigor of the 2010 drought. Furthermore, there are indications that the event has contributed to the decline in visitor numbers compared to previous droughts.


Ecotourism; Sustainable Tourism; Amazon; Uakari Floating Lodge; Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve; Ecoturismo; Turismo Sustentável; Amazônia; Pousada Flutuante Uacari; Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá

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