Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 11:00 AM

Project Type

Poster

Description

Ecotourism is considered an effective way to preserve biodiversity, educate ecotourists, economically benefit local communities, and foster respect for different cultures. The ecotourism industry is booming, yet this growth may result in the degradation of local ecological systems while contributing little to local communities socioeconomically. Our study aims to assess the relative impact of ecotourism by comparing negative effects of the operation on the environment and positive socioeconomic effects for local communities in three pairs of large and small parks in Canada, Chile and China. While the conservation benefits of ecotourism are important, we do not attempt to measure these factors. Instead, we focus on the negative environmental impacts that may be brought by ecotourists. We predict that relatively large ecotourism operations will have greater socioeconomic benefits for their community but greater environmental impacts.

Faculty Sponsor

Russ Cole

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

736

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May 1st, 10:00 AM May 1st, 11:00 AM

Weighing the Cost and Benefits of Ecotourism: A Quantitative Evaluation of Six Preserves around the World

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Ecotourism is considered an effective way to preserve biodiversity, educate ecotourists, economically benefit local communities, and foster respect for different cultures. The ecotourism industry is booming, yet this growth may result in the degradation of local ecological systems while contributing little to local communities socioeconomically. Our study aims to assess the relative impact of ecotourism by comparing negative effects of the operation on the environment and positive socioeconomic effects for local communities in three pairs of large and small parks in Canada, Chile and China. While the conservation benefits of ecotourism are important, we do not attempt to measure these factors. Instead, we focus on the negative environmental impacts that may be brought by ecotourists. We predict that relatively large ecotourism operations will have greater socioeconomic benefits for their community but greater environmental impacts.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/42