Carrying Capacity Assessment for Tourism in Coron and El Nido: A Step toward Sustainable Management of Marine Ecosystems


The problems associated with rapid tourism growth are well-illustrated at the Coron and El Nido municipalities in northern Palawan in the Philippines. Uncontrolled growth in the absence of necessary urban services infrastructure and ocean and tourism enterprise management has the potential to negatively impact their ocean ecosystems and the services they provide.

This brief provides a better understanding of the approaches and experiences in conducting carrying capacity assessments at key coral reef ecotourism sites in Coron and El Nido. 


  • Introduction
  • Overview of ecotourism
  • Environmental carrying capacity
  • Site selection
  • Biophysical reef assessment
  • Challenges and lessons learned
  • Recommendations

Published June 2022.
Source: Asian Development Bank

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