Tourism, communities, and conservation: Rethinking prospects for symbiosis in an era of accelerated global environmental change I

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
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Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 1:45 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Director's Row E, Sheraton, Plaza Building, Lobby Level
Organizers: Jarkko Saarinen, Sanjay Nepal
Chairs: Sanjay Nepal

Call for Submissions

Despite four decades of research and huge investments in conservation and tourism-focused projects worldwide, local communities impacted by conservation efforts at various scales remain largely disenchanted with such projects. Literature on incentive-based conservation programs, such as the Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDP) of the 1980s, community-based conservation and/or tourism practices since the early 1980s, and community-oriented projects on environmental services (e.g., payment for ecosystem services) since the turn of this century, all point to significant gaps between conservation (and/or sustainable tourism) rhetoric and local level practices. Recent conflicts associated with tourism development and resource conservation efforts indicate the problems to be much more widespread (geographically, but also species-wise), complex and broader (politico-ecological linkages, accelerating global environmental change concerns), and in critical need for lasting, practical, and “closer to the ground” solutions.

This session invites papers exploring the conservation-tourism-community nexus, interpreted here as broadly as possible to include conflicts between park and people, and between livestock and wildlife; impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation, conservation-livelihood dilemma (including tourism and ecotourism); poaching and wildlife trade; resource scarcity, stress and biodiversity conservation threats; and other relevant topics. We are inviting papers that are conceptual and/or applied, based on empirical data (quantitative, qualitative, or both), place and context-specific, and in diverse (geographical and social-cultural) settings.

If you are interested in participating in the session: Please send abstract (max. 250 words) to Jarkko Saarinen (jarkko.saarinen@oulu.fi) and Sanjay Nepal (snepal@uwaterloo.ca) no later than October 30, 2019. Please note that all accepted contributors will need to register for the conference and provide their PIN to the session organizers by November 10, 2019. General information about the conference: https://www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/


Description

Despite four decades of research and huge investments in conservation and tourism-focused projects worldwide, local communities impacted by conservation efforts at various scales remain largely disenchanted with such projects. Literature on incentive-based conservation programs, such as the Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDP) of the 1980s, community-based conservation and/or tourism practices since the early 1980s, and community-oriented projects on environmental services (e.g., payment for ecosystem services) since the turn of this century, all point to significant gaps between conservation (and/or sustainable tourism) rhetoric and local level practices. Recent conflicts associated with tourism development and resource conservation efforts indicate the problems to be much more widespread (geographically, but also species-wise), complex and broader (politico-ecological linkages, accelerating global environmental change concerns), and in critical need for lasting, practical, and “closer to the ground” solutions.

This session invites papers exploring the conservation-tourism-community nexus, interpreted here as broadly as possible to include conflicts between park and people, and between livestock and wildlife; impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation, conservation-livelihood dilemma (including tourism and ecotourism); poaching and wildlife trade; resource scarcity, stress and biodiversity conservation threats; and other relevant topics. We are inviting papers that are conceptual and/or applied, based on empirical data (quantitative, qualitative, or both), place and context-specific, and in diverse (geographical and social-cultural) settings.

Session organizers: Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu (Finland)/University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Sanjay Nepal, University of Waterloo (Canada). This is a joint sponsored session by the AAG Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group and IGU Commission on Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jarkko Saarinen*, University of Oulu, Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM): A community perspective to tourism and conservation symbiosis 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Haley DeLoach*, University of Georgia, Amy Trauger, University of Georgia, UNESCO’s Erasure of Indigeneity at Mulu Park in Malaysia 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Cristina Murillo Barrick*, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group, Concientizando una Lucha, The Struggle for Community-Based Conservation in Nicaragua’s Pacific Isthmus 15 2:15 PM
Presenter MK Speth*, Yale University, "Poaching was our Identity": Identity Politics & Ecotourism in Post-Genocide Rwanda 15 2:30 PM
Presenter Susannah Maher*, , Wild Country: Re-centering Indigenous communities in national parks through collaborative management 15 2:45 PM

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