Protecting the environment is not only beneficial to the ecosystem but also in terms of creating jobs and generating wealth. The U.S. National Park Service has published the 2012 figures which demonstrates an increase in the number of visitors -280 million, that is, 4 million more than in 2011- and the support of 243,000 jobs.
The report launched in early March 2014 shows that the economic activity generated by all protected units managed by the National Park Service brougth more than $26.75 billion. We are talking about 400 spaces among National Parks (59), National Monuments (74), Historic Parks (123) and so on.
It is estimated that for every dollar invested in the National Park Service, there is a $10 return to the territory. The visitor spending is to support jobs in restaurants and groceries (39 %), hotels and motels (27%) and other amusement and recreation activities (20 %).
The report emphasizes on the benefits of national parks for populations located nearby parks as long as an increase in terms of employment opportunities for residents.
Beyond the necessity of protecting the environment, such studies are essential to promote and arise awareness about the economic importance of the preservation. Similarly, the Réseau Grands Sites de France also produces reports to show the correlation between environmental protection and employment, as DCB has already reported some time ago.