The Encyclopedia of Ecotourism provides an expert, state-of-the-art and comprehensive knowledge base of the rapidly growing global ecotourism sector. It is divided into eight major sections, and contains 41 chapters, individually authored by international researchers and practitioners in ecotourism. Each chapter combines theory and practice in a complementary way. The scope of the encyclopedia includes definitions and other contextual material, regional perspectives, venues, impacts, planning and management considerations, and issues associated with ecotourism businesses, research and training.
About the Author
David B. Weaver received his PhD in Geography from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in 1986. He is currently Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University, Australia, and has published more than 120 journal articles, book chapters and books. He maintains an active research agenda in sustainable destination and protected area management, ecotourism, and resident perceptions of tourism. Current projects include investigating the willingness of protected area visitors to participate in site enhancement activities. Professor Weaver has published extensively in leading journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. His widely adopted textbooks include Tourism Management (5th ed.) and Ecotourism (Wiley Australia), Encyclopedia of Ecotourism (CABI), and Sustainable Tourism: Theory and Practice (Taylor & Francis). He is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and has delivered numerous invited international keynote addresses on innovative tourism management topics. He has worked with organizations such as UNWTO and PATA as an expert advisor.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Introduction to Ecotourism, D B Weaver Principles of Ecotourism * Types of Ecotourism * Ecotourists: Not a Homogeneous Market Segment * Global Growth and Magnitude of Ecotourism * Ecotourism in the Context of Other Tourism Types Section 2: A Regional Survey of Ecotourism by Biome * Kenya and South Africa * Anglo-America * Asia * Oceania (Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific) * Europe * Latin America and the Caribbean Section 3: A Regional Survey of Ecotourism by Biome * Rainforests * Mountain Ecotourism: Creating a Sustainable Future * Polar Environments (Arctic and Antarctic) * Islands and Coasts * Deserts, Grasslands and Savannas * Marine Environments Section 4: Ecotourism Venues * Public Protected Areas * Privately Owned Protected Areas * Modified Spaces * Wilderness * Indigenous Territories Section 5: Ecotourism Impacts * Economic Impacts * Environmental Impacts * Exploring Socio-Cultural Impacts on Local Communities * Developing Indicators for Destination Sustainability * Rural DevelopmentSection 6: Introduction to Planning, Management and Institutions * Management Tools and Techniques: An Integrated Approach to Planning * Policy and Planning, D A Fennell * Ecotourism-Related Organisations * Ecotourism in the Inter-Sectoral Context * The Place of Ecotourism in Public Policy and Planning Section 7: Introduction to the Business of Ecotourism * Accommodations * Tour Operators * Tour Guides and Interpretation * The Business of Ecotourism * The Pursuit of Excellence: Benchmarking, Accreditation, Best Practice and Auditing Section 8: Methodologies, Research and Resources * Methodological Approaches Used in the Literature * Information Sources for Planning and Management * Education and Training in Ecotourism * Areas and Needs in Ecotourism Research