Ecotourism Along the Meso-American Caribbean Reef: The Impacts of Foreign Investment

Moreno , Peter S. (2005) Ecotourism Along the Meso-American Caribbean Reef: The Impacts of Foreign Investment. Human Ecology, 33 (2).

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    Abstract

    Ecotourism has been heralded as a potential economic and environmental savior in much of Latin America, though explosive foreign investment in ecotourism ventures raises questions about the validity of ecotourism as a tool of sustainable local development. This paper uses three case studies from coastal Belize and the Bay Islands of Honduras to illustrate the challenges that local communities face when attempting to derive ecotourism benefits. Whether these communities are poised to take advantage of foreign capital is largely dependent on their ability to direct the investment and establish control over their common property resources. This appears to require a marked cultural shift toward planning and politicization.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media Inc
      Keywords: ecotourism;development;coastal.foreign investment;Honduras;Belize
      Subjects: (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
      (F) People and the Environment > (FA) Environmental Health
      (I) Socio-Economic Information > (IA) Economic Impacts
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: UNSPECIFIED
      Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2015 09:27
      Last Modified: 28 Aug 2015 09:27
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1570

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