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Ecotourism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thirty Years of Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Kenneth Backman, Ian E. Munanura


221 pages

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Since its first mention in the academic literature, ecotourism has been endorsed by NGOs and governments as the most environmentally sound and locally beneficial method of tourist development. Over the last thirty years sub-Saharan Africa has adopted ecotourism as the primary focus for tourism development; research into this has demonstrated mixed results. In this publication, we seek to explore the actual outcomes for African countries that have developed their tourism policy around the principals and values of ecotourism. The sheer scope and magnitude of the task means that a complete evaluation of ecotourism in Africa is impossible. Instead, included here are spot assessments of various aspects of ecotourism related to conservation, policy development, environment, governance, community and indigenous peoples in southern Africa. The studies cover a wide array of countries, including Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Though this is only the beginning of a needed long term evaluation of the positives and negatives of ecotourism, it provides a starting point from which to move forward. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ecotourism.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Ecotourism in Africa over the past 30 years

Kenneth F. Backman and Ian Munanura

2. Neoliberalism in ecotourism? The new development paradigm of multinational projects in Africa Carol S. Kline and Susan L. Slocum

3. Analysing governance in tourism value chains to reshape the tourist bubble in developing countries: the case of cultural tourism in Uganda

Bright Adiyia, Arie Stoffelen, Britt Jennes, Dominique Vanneste and Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

4. Conservation tourism and landscape governance in Kenya: the interdependency of three conservation NGOs

Arjaan Pellis, Machiel Lamers and René Van der Duim

5. Good governance strategies for sustainable ecotourism in Tanzania

Liliane Pasape, Wineaster Anderson and George Lindi

6. Community-based ecotourism: a collaborative partnerships perspective

Moren Tibabo Stone

7. Community agency and entrepreneurship in ecotourism planning and development in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area

Chaka Chirozva

8. Ecotourism in Botswana: 30 years later

Joseph E. Mbaiwa

9. Ecotourism implementation in the Kakum Conservation Area, Ghana: administrative framework and local community experiences

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Rosemary Black and Rik Thwaites

10. Factors that influence support for community-based ecotourism in the rural communities adjacent to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana

Naomi Moswete and Brijesh Thapa

11. A review of ecotourism in Tanzania: magnitude, challenges, and prospects for sustainability

John T. Mgonja, Agnes Sirima and Peter J. Mkumbo

12. Climate change risks on protected areas ecotourism: shocks and stressors perspectives in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

N. P. Mkiramweni, T. DeLacy, M. Jiang & F. E. Chiwanga

13. The influence of homestay facilities on tourist satisfaction in the Lake Victoria Kenya Tourism Circuit

Eliza Buyeke Ogucha, Geoffrey K. Riungu, Frimar K. Kiama and Eunice Mukolwe

14. Conclusion

Kenneth F. Backman and Ian Munanura

About the Editors

Kenneth F. Backman, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and Fellow of the Institute for Parks at Clemson University, USA, and associate editor of the Journal of Ecotourism. His research areas are sustainable tourism development, and ecotourism.

Ian E. Munanura is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, USA. He teaches ecotourism, and sustainable tourism planning. He also conducts a program of research on family wellbeing constraints influencing destructive forest use behaviour in rural communities, and the mitigation potential of ecotourism.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TRAVEL / Special Interest / Ecotourism