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Case Studies in Ecotourism

Case Studies in Ecotourism

By R Buckley, Griffith University, Australia

April 2003 / Hardback / 272 Pages / 9780851996653 £75.00 / €95.00 / $140.00
With 10% online discount: £67.50 / €85.50 / $126.00
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Main Description

As a counterpart to the growing volume of more theoretical literature in ecotourism, this volume presents a global compilation and analysis of over 170 real-life case studies in ecotourism, selected after an extensive screening process. It includes ecotours on land and sea, ecolodges and resorts, private reserves and public parks. The case studies range from the world’s best models to test cases, small and large, unique to representative. Data has been drawn from independent audits by the author and others, and from published reports from universities, multilateral and non-government organisations. The book shows what ecotourism can achieve and what constraints it faces, and provides a convenient and comprehensive reference for ecotourism enterprises, development agencies and university teaching.


CHAPTER 1. Introduction

Aims, scope and focus

Case study approach


CHAPTER 2 - Africa

Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Chumbe Island Coral Park, Tanzania

Nxabega Lodge, Botswana

Cousin Island, Denis Island, Fregate Island, Seychelles

Casamance Village Tourism, Senegal

Kakum Canopy Walkway, Ghana

CHAPTER 3 - Asia Pacific

Rapita Lodge, Soloman Islands

El Nido Resort, Palawan, Philippines

Turtle Island, Fiji

Salani Surf Resort, Samoa

Narayani Safari Hotel and Lodge, Nepal

Ulu Ai Longhouse, Sarawak

Earth Sciences Expeditions, China

Togian Islands, Indonesia

Kanchanburi Ecotourism Cooperative, Thailand

Gobi Gurbansaikhan, Mongolia

CHAPTER 4 - Australia and New Zealand

Earth Sanctuaries Ltd, Australia

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve, New Zealand

Broome Bird Observatory, Australia

Binna Burra Lodge, Australia

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge, New Zealand

World Expeditions, Rafting and Seakayaking, Australia

Taka Dive, Australia

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand

Mon Repos Turtles, Australia

CHAPTER 5 - South and Central America

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

Una Ecopark, Brazil

Wekso Ecolodge, Panama

Chalalan Ecolodge, Bolivia

Community Baboon Sanctuary, Belize

San Pedro Volcano, Guatemala

Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico

CHAPTER 6 - North America and Europe

Redberry Pelican Project, Canada

Betchart Expeditions, USA

Touristik Union International, Germany

Earthfoot Travel, USA

Baikal Watch, Russia

Nols Seakayak, Prince William Sound, Alaska

Prespa, Greece

Russian Zapovedniks

CHAPTER 7 - Artic and Antartics

Antarctic Tourism

Explorer Shipping, Antarctica

Arctic Tourism

Aurora Expeditions, Svalbard

Test Cases

Couran Cove Resort, Australia

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Australia

Island Tourism, Maldives

Himachal Helicopter Skiing, India

Sport Hunting

Whalewatch Kaikoura, New Zealand

CHAPTER 8 - Discussion and Conclusions

Significance and Context

Ecotourism and Sustainability

Scale and Leverage

Economic, Social and Environmental Contexts

Boundaries and Expectations

Nature-based Product

Environmental Management

Environmental Education

Contributions to Conservation


Ecotourism can Contribute to Conservation and Communities

In Developed Nations, Ecotourism in Parks is Politically Charged

A Strong Conservation Framework is Needed in Developing Nations

International Oversight Helps Maintain Standards

Ecotourism Signatures Differ Between Regions

Big Ecotourism is Possible but Currently Rare

The Future of Ecotourism
"I consider this book to be a very useful resource for anyone interested in the ecotourism sector."
David Newsome, Journal of Ecotourism, 2(3), 2003

"This book provides a useful compendium of examples from around the world of ecotourism and raises questions concerning the definitions and applications of ecotourism.
Stewart Barr, Tourism Geographies, 7(1), 2005

"All in all, it can be said that this book is a very valuable addition to the literature on ecotourism."Sagar Singh, Tourism Recreation Research, 29(2), 2004