This book is designed to show how ecotourism theory can be put into practice by exploring innovation, program applications, and research-supported case studies in ecotourism. The chapters reflect results of applied research focused on socio-economics of community development; the value of considering system-wide approaches to the relationships between communities and natural resources; the intricacies of capacity building and training facilitators in ecotourism; and education through ecotourism experiences. The cumulative impact of the research presented highlights innovative approaches to visitor management, community engagement, and education to critically address the complexities associated with visitation to natural areas and the dependence upon conservation of ecosystems and associated communities.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ecotourism.
Introduction - Effecting positive change – an introduction 1. Community development through agroecotourism in Cuba: an application of the community capitals framework 2. Ecotourism influence on community needs and the functions of protected areas: a systems thinking approach 3. The role of private sector ecotourism in local socio-economic development in southern Africa 4. A new model for guide training and transformative outcomes: a case study in sustainable marine-wildlife ecotourism 5. Watching wildlife in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: tourist control or auto-control?