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Ecotourism has emerged over the last twenty years not just as a
market niche, but also as a strategy for combining development with
conservation in the developing world. Ecotourism, NGOs and
Development considers the basis for advocacy and argues that it is
premised upon a very limited and limiting view of the potential for
Jim Butcher examines the advocacy of tourism as sustainable
development in a range of NGOs and within the general literature. The
research reveals that in spite of the plethora of critical commentaries
on the operation of ecotourism projects, there is generally an
uncritical take on the ideological basis of the projects.
This book offers a timely critique of key assumptions underlying
ecotourism's status as sustainable development, arguing that ecotourism
as development strategy ties the fate of some of the poorest people on
the planet to localized environmental imperatives.
About the Author
Jim Butcher is a full-time writer who lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, son, and ferocious guard dog.