Gendered livelihood impacts of emerging tourism in coastal communities: a case study from the Colombian Pacific

Authors: Karly Miller*, University of California
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Development, Recreational and Sport Geography
Keywords: tourism, fisheries, livelihoods, gender, Colombia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing industries globally. Coastal areas already host a large portion of the industry and much of the projected growth will occur in coastal communities, largely in the global south (UNWTO 2017). Many of the communities that will become emerging tourism destinations in the coming decades have traditionally depended on fishing and other natural resource-based livelihoods. Tourism development often precipitates significant livelihood changes, with implications for the income, food security, and socio-economic resilience of individuals and the distribution of wealth and power in the community. Men and women participate in fisheries in often gendered ways, and access to and participation in tourism livelihoods often differs by gender (as well as age, class, and race). This paper will examine livelihood changes brought about by tourism development in 8 coastal communities on the Colombian Pacific, using a critical lens to explore how these impacts vary by gender and what implications this has for women’s rights and gender equality.

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