The Environmental Effects of Tourism in the Western Indian Ocean

An eco-lodge on one of the attractive white beaches in Zanzibar, Chumbe Island

Islands located in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) attract tourists from all over the world. Tourism in WIO region contributes substantially to the economies of many countries and islands in this part of the world. These include Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Reunion, and Zanzibar in Tanzania. However, tourism has significant environmental effects in the Western Indian Ocean region. One might ask what these environmental effects can be. Read more about this issue in the Burning Issue about coastal tourism in the WIO-region.