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Ecotourism and the Community Participation

Abhilash Mallya (Author)
Synopsis Ecotourism is the responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. It is a type of tourism that maximizes the early and long –term participation of local people in the decision making process that determines the kind and amount of tourism that should occur. The degree of power widely by the local community in relation to tourism activities is crucial to its long-term prospects and sustainability. This book analyses the nature of ecotourism and the details of ecotourism programmes around the world. It investigates the role of community participation in the development of ecotourism from social, political, and conservation perspectives. The issues identified in this book and the recommendations provided, offer direct guidance on the development of ecotourism with the full participation of local communities. The lessons learned from the past will help create more sustainable projects in the future.
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About the author

Abhilash Mallya

Abhilash Mallya, a seasoned tourism personnel holds a masters' degree in tourism administration. He has been associated with a wide spectrum of tourism related activities for the last ten years, in various capacities, both in the industry and in the academics. His main contributions to the field of ecotourism include organising capacity building workshops and training courses for the local authorities of various concerned departments, communities and organisations, extending professional support to the government for promotion of ecotourism, supervising research works on ecotourism related topics, and preparing ecotourism management plans for protected areas. In addition to the regular academic assignments, he takes up consultancy projects as well. He has published a good number of innovative research papers in the key and thrust areas of tourism. He has also attended national and international seminars and also underwent many value added training and orientation programmes in the core areas of tourism.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ecotourism and the Community Participation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Authors Press
Language: English
isbn 8172733445
length xii+199p.
Subjects Travel & Tourism