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Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Englisch) Taschenbuch – November 1998


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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Island Press; Auflage: Highlighted, Noted, Name inked On Fep (November 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1559635827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559635820
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 15,2 x 2,7 cm
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"Is Ecotourism and Sustainable Development a thought-provoking read you'll find hard to put down? Absolutely."
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Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people." Many see it as a panacea for developing nations-a source of clean development that can bring wealth to rural communities while simultaneously helping to preserve pristine environments. But has the reality lived up to the promise? And is that even possible?In "Ecotourism and Sustainable Development", Martha Honey presents an overview of the ecotourism industry and a first-hand account of ecotourism projects around the world. Based on interviews and visits to ecotourist hotspots in Latin America and Africa, she offers a vivid description and analysis of projects that meet the goals and standards of ecotourism as well as those that claim to be ecotourism but in reality fall short. She presents in-depth case studies of seven destinations (Galapagos, Costa Rica, Cuba, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa) that serve to illustrate the real world of ecotourism. For each, she offers an ecotourism scorecard, grading it on its adherence to the enumerated principles of ecotourism and sustainable development.Honey addresses topics such as the evolution and principles of ecotourism, where profits go, and the mechanics and politics of the tourist industry as a whole.

The case studies highlight the economic and cultural impacts of tourism development on indigenous populations as well as on ecosystems. Honey also surveys current thinking and policies of environmental groups, and looks at how political situations, human rights records, and natural resource management influence travel decisions."Ecotourism and Sustainable Development" provides a unique and compelling look at the promise and pitfalls of ecotourism. It is the only such account of worldwide ecotourism available today, and is an important guide for students and researchers involved with international development, geography, or tourism, as well as for anyone interested in becoming a more environmentally sensitive traveller.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 22. Februar 1999
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The release of Martha Honey's book investigating ecotourism marks the end of a 10-year era of gestation and growth in the field. Honey, who began research on the book in the early 1990s, does genuine investigative journalism on the many issues haunting the ecotourism field, from its definition to its sustainability, and provides honest assessments. This book offers the most detailed overview of the evolution of the ecotourism field available today. Highly recommended for ecotourism professionals, foundation officers, bank and multilateral investment specialists and others deeply involved in applying ecotourism as a sustainable development tool, this book is an advanced analysis. In the academic world, it will provide invaluable background information for all students performing research on the issues of ecotourism and sustainable development. Ecotourism and Sustainable Development gives context and history, but it does not offer applied solutions. On a philosophical note, Honey states that ecotourism should be "transforming the way modern, conventional tourism is conducted." This is a point of healthy debate within the field, but not a universally accepted goal. Ecotourism's role as a political instrument of change on the international scene is not its strong point, as Honey points out. But should this be the measure by which the ecotourism field is judged? Honey's book offers a wide variety of fascinating points for debate, and provides an excellent baseline of discussion for all those involved in the development of the ecotourism field. However, less sophisticated readers should be warned that Honey's assumptions need to be carefully debated, not simply accepted.
Megan Epler Wood, President, The Ecotourism Society.
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From the first chapter which defines ecotourism and clarifies its origins, Honey documents and analyzes both the promises and perils of ecotourism. She discusses in various chapters how 'good intentions' or a single logic often miss very negative repercussions for humans and the ecosystem they inhabit. Because the stakeholders have various goals, profit not the least of them, ecotourism is not a panacea for developing countries who might want to take advantage of their natural resources -- in some cases ecotourism is not much better than mining.
A major advantage of the book are the several cases: Galapagos, Costa Rica, Cuba, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya and South Africa. A long time resident of several of these countries, Honey is not just a 'quick trip' reporter, but a social historian who gives nuances, contradictions, hopes -- and documents problems.
It is a fantastic book!
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Martha Honey's experience as an investigative reporter serves her well in this exploration of ecotourism. She asks probing questions that traditional travel writers would not, and even describes why this type of journalism is so rare in the travel industry. (Because travel writers are usually the guests of the hotels and agencies they are reviewing, and they are afraid to bite the hands that feed them.). The reader learns about the "greenwashing" that some segments of the travel industry use to mislead travelers with the best intentions, for example the Green Globe awards in which companies can "earn" a green globe award just for signing up with the program and paying the $200 fee! But Honey is not completely unconvinced that true ecotourism can exist. In her seven chapters on individual receptor countries, she describes ecotourism projects that were designed by conservationists with conservation rather than personal profit as a motive. This book provides quantitative and qualitative information, and its fluid prose is a pleasure to read. The book is useful for both the lay traveler and those in the travel industry striving to offer responsible ecotourism opportunities.
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Highly entertaining, joyfully optimistic and painstakingly researched "Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?" would appeal to both neophytes and those more familiar with the study of ecotourism. The idea echoed throughout the work that one of the world's largest industries is in desperate need of a radical transformation is a very important one and must be recognized by everyone involved in tourism, including the consumer, if the industry is to continue its success into the twenty-first century and, more importantly, contribute to positive social change. The reader should be aware, however, that some of the views expressed in it have not been accepted by all social scientists or ecologists, among them being the idea that protected areas safeguard the environment -- John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto's "Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth About Rainforest Destruction" is perhaps the best example of a contrasting perspective regarding protected areas. Nevertheless, Martha Honey's latest is truly impressive and would be an excellent choice for anyone interested in ecotourism.
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I rarely find occasion to recommend a book widely among my professional colleagues, friends and fellow travelers to wild places. However, Martha Honey's book is an exception. It is a truly interesting book, with sufficient technical analysis to be of use to the specialist and more than enough facts, history, and local colour to appeal to a broader audience. The book is a very clear headed analysis of ecotourism from an on-the-ground perspective. Honey provides a detailed look at the political economy of environmental and wildlife related ecotourism in a number of countries in Africa and Latin America, and manages to provide a great deal of information while maintaining a clear focus on who benefits from the policies and programs that are often "sold" as being of community benefit.
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