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Sustainable Tourism & The Millennium Development Goals
Effecting Positive Change

Author(s): Kelly Bricker, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Rosemary Black, Professor, Charles Stuart University, Albury, Australia
Stuart Cottrell, Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CO State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado
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  • ISBN-13: 9781449628239
  • Paperback    352 pages      © 2013
Price: $134.95 US List
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Endorsed by The International Ecotourism Society, Sustainable Tourism & The Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change demonstrates how ecotourism and sustainable tourism can assist in supporting and meeting the goals set forward by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equity and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development.  

The practice of ecotourism and sustainable tourism has the potential to assist in conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well being of local communities.  The text discusses how ecotourism and sustainable tourism can assist in supporting and meeting this potential by drawing on case studies and examples. It takes a historical perspective looking at the development of ecotourism and sustainable tourism over the past twenty years, from where The International Ecotourism Society and other associations began, and in particular the key landmarks and events that have brought ecotourism and sustainable tourism to the present day.  The remaining chapters discuss how these forms of tourism can and have the potential to support and meet the MDG. The final summary chapter will discuss how ecotourism and sustainable tourism can assist in supporting and meeting the MDG by 2015, and look towards the future in identifying some of the challenges and goals that need to be considered.

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Ideal for undergraduate and graduate level courses in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.

Section I  Introduction to Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism, and the Millennium Development Goals
  Chapter 1  An Introduction to Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals
  Chapter 2  Corporate Social Responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals: Th e Case of Xel-Há, Mexico
  Case Study 1  Outer Island Tourism in the South Pacifi c and the Millennium Development Goals: Understanding Tourism’s Impacts
Section II  Poverty Alleviation
  Chapter 3  Tourism and the Explicit Concern with Poverty Reduction: A Review
  Case Study 2  The Role of Indigenous Tourism in Supporting and Meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
  Case Study 3  Ecotourism as a Potential Tool for Poverty Eradication and Wild Tiger Conservation
Section III  Education, Empowerment, and Building Community Capacity
  Chapter 4  High-End Ecotourism’s Role in Assisting Rural Communities in Reaching the Millennium Development Goals
  Case Study 4  A Partnership for Education and Environmental Awareness: Outreach in Fiji’s Upper Navua Conservation Area
  Case Study 5  Breaking Gender Barriers: A Market-Based Approach to Women’s Empowerment Through Tourism
  Case Study 6  Local Empowerment in a Rural Community Through Ecotourism: A Case Study of a Women’s Organization in Chira Island, Costa Rica
Section IV  Health, Welfare, and Well-Being
  Chapter 5  The Role of Sustainable Tourism in Mitigating HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Major Diseases
  Chapter 6  Yasawan Islanders’ Perspective on Tourism’s Impact on Health and Well-Being
Section V  Environmental Sustainability
  Chapter 7  Role of Ecotourism in Preserving Natural Areas and Biodiversity
  Chapter 8  Th e Role of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism in Ensuring Environmental Sustainability in the Marine Environment
  Case Study 7  Sea Turtle Conservation Travel Case Study
  Chapter 9  Ecotourism and the Challenge of Climate Change: Vulnerability, Responsibility, and Mitigation Strategies
  Case Study 8  Small Island Protected Area Planning: A Case for West Caicos
Section VI  Developing Partnerships
  Chapter 10  Bridging the Gap: Volunteer Tourism’s Role in Global Partnership Development
  Case Study 9  Connecting Communities to the Tourism Supply Chain
  Chapter 11  Partnerships in Practice: Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Accreditation and Certifi cation Programs
  Case Study 10  The Global Sustainable Tourism Council
  Chapter 12  Th e Protected Area Network of Parks: Monitoring the Balance Between Nature Conservation and Sustainable Tourism
Section VII  Conclusions

Kelly Bricker, PhD-Associate Professor, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rosemary Black-Professor, Charles Stuart University, Albury, Australia

Stuart Cottrell-Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CO State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado

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