The module will is based on a 5 day field trip and is designed to complement other modules by offering the students an opportunity to learn first-hand from local businesses and government agencies about practical aspects of rural development and biodiversity conservation. Using questionnaires and structured interviews the students will work in teams and will equip students with the analytical skills and methodologies required to effectively manage conservation projects in a manner sympatheic to livelihoods and rural development objectives The module will include daily field trips to local sites to understand environmental impacts of visitors to natural areas and heritage sites and to discuss emerging business thinking regarding conservation and livelihoods, exploring relationships between different stakeholders from cultural, policy and socio-economic perspectives and gain practical insight into different management tools to resolve conflicts. The module will therefore provide practical learning to complement theoretical issues taught in other modules. Students will become familiar with practical tools for successful management of conservation embedded in local communities, and will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of conservation in a rural development context. The emphasis throughout will be on learning from the experience of people and organisations directly engaged in conservation and economic development.
Method of assessment
One 3000 word (maximum) assignment based on the concept of a consultant's report to a government agency or NGO on a practical issue related to the impact of conservation and/or nature-based tourism on the local economy, community and environment (50%) and individual reports/ questionnaire development prepared as background research and preparation for the field trip (1500 words max). (50%). The assignment will assess the ability of students to integrate and critically analyse information and ideas, and present their arguments in a balanced way.
Buckley, R (2004) Environmental impacts of nature-based tourism. CABI, Wallingford
Fennel, D (2003) Ecotourism: an introduction. Routledge, London
Mowforth and Munt (1998), Tourism and Sustainability. Routledge, London
Sloman J (2005) Economics. Harvester Wheatsheaf.
Relevant local and national government policy documents
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between conservation, society and the economy
2. demonstrate an ability to discuss the role that nature-based tourism and other enterprises can play in delivering conservation and supporting livelihoods
3. knowledge of the environmental impacts of nature-based tourism and other enterprises on protected areas
4. demonstrate knowledge of the economic impacts of conservation on national and local economies
5. demonstrate an understanding of current debates on strengths and weaknesses of eco-tourism and other conservation related enterprises
6. demonstrate an ability to work in teams to conduct social surveys and interviews and assimilate information from a wide variety of sources and to write a report of relevance to local businesses.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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