Indigenous ecotourism: conservation and resource rights

Zeppel, Heather (2007) Indigenous ecotourism: conservation and resource rights. In: Critical issues in ecotourism: understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 308-348. ISBN 9780750668781

Abstract

This chapter addresses critical issues for Indigenous-owned and operated ecotourism ventures that benefit Indigenous communities and conserve the natural and cultural environment. The spread of ecotourism into remote areas often coincides with regions of high biological and scenic value that are still the traditional homelands for surviving groups of Indigenous peoples. Ecotourism enterprises controlled by Indigenous people include cultural ecotours, ecolodges, wildlife safaris, hunting and fishing tours, cultural villages and other nature-based tourist facilities or services. Indigenous ecotourism is defined as ‘nature-based attractions or tours owned by Indigenous people, and also Indigenous interpretation of the natural and cultural environment including wildlife’ (Zeppel, 2003, p. 56). Indigenous ecotourism provides an alternative to extractive land uses such as hunting, farming, logging or mining, and it involves Indigenous people in managing tourism, culture and use of natural resources. Ecotourism supplements a subsistence lifestyle and aids the transition to a cash economy for many tribal groups. How various Indigenous communities develop and operate tribal ecotourism enterprises or joint ventures is a key focus of much recent research in this area. This chapter discusses key factors and constraints for sustainable development of Indigenous ecotourism and explores the growing links between biodiversity conservation, ecotourism and Indigenous land rights. Indigenous cultural perspectives about ecotourism, conflicts between hunting and ecotourism and key challenges for community-based ecotourism are discussed. The role of environmental non-government agencies (NGOs), ecotourism associations and government agencies in developing Indigenous ecotourism is also examined.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 16. c. Butterworth-Heinemann. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 338.4791 Cri.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2011 12:23
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural environment; cultural environment; remote areas; traditional homelands; wildlife; tribal groups; ecotourism enterprises; land rights
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950305 Conserving Natural Heritage
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18954

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