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Title:Ecotourism potentials of Xavi bird watching sanctuary in Akatsi District of Ghana
Authors:Wuleka Kuuder, Conrad-J.
Doe, Godfred Atitso
Yirbekyaa, Evelyn Kuusozume
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Development Studies (ISSN 0855-6768)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:national parks and reserves
community participation
community development
Abstract:This paper forms an investigation into a fast emerging niche in ecotourism: bird watching or avitourism. For this study residents of Xavi Sanctuary, a community-based resource, the largest and most popular of its kind in Ghana, were approached. Residents of Xavi were content with the direct employment offered by the project to some members of the community. However, most of them also benefited indirectly, through the sale of handicrafts, while others benefited from tourists' donations to the local community and basic schools. These accruing benefits inspired the local community to institute measures to safeguard the sanctuary. The authors suggest that promoting domestic tourism by way of awareness creation in the local media and adding more activities to help immerse visitors into the community could help boost their ecotourism potentials. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]