1st Edition

GeoTourism for Social Sustainability and Ecological Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa Unlocking the Potential

Edited By Khodani Matshusa, Llewellyn Leonard Copyright 2025
    176 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the potential of geotourism in Sub-Saharan Africa for promoting social sustainability and ecological justice. It examines the challenges facing the region for geotourism development and the innovative approaches and best practices for overcoming these.

    Drawing on case studies from the region, the book provides innovative insights that explore the intersection of geotourism with poverty alleviation and job creation. Thematically it engages with a range of critical issues, from leveraging geotourism for local socio-economic development to the intersection of geotourism with environmental conservation efforts. The book delves into the intricacies of geoheritage and geotourism threats in the face of climate change and extractive industries. By examining the untapped potential of geoheritage sites, this book seeks to shed light on opportunities for promoting local sustainable development in economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

    The book will be of great interest to academic scholars, industry, governments, tourism and conservation organisations, including undergraduate and postgraduate students. It will be of appeal to individuals in the fields of Geotourism, Ecotourism, cultural tourism, sustainable tourism development, Geoeducation, and Geoscience.

    Chapter 1       

    Geotourism, Social Sustainability and Ecological Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Khodani Matshusa and Llewellyn Leonard


    Chapter 2       

    Exploring the potential role of geotourism for local economic development in South Africa: Opportunities and constraints       

    Felix Ekwabena Donkor, Henry Bikwibili Tantoh and Kevin Mearns


    Chapter 3       

    A social-ecological analysis of geoheritage resource uses and livelihoods concerns of villagers in the Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa  

    Michael Dyssel


    Chapter 4       

    Impacts of climate change on geoheritage and geotourism: a Southern Africa perspective      

    Khodani Matshusa


    Chapter 5       

    Unlocking Southern Africa's geotourism potential: A critical examination of the political economy of mining development impacts for sustainable development    

    Llewellyn Leonard


    Chapter 6       

    The potential contribution geotourism and environmental protection for sustainable development in Cameroon   

    Henry Bikwibili Tantoh, Felix Ekwabena Donkor and Tracey T. McKay


    Chapter 7       

    Mount Bambouto slopes geomorphosites (Cameroon Volcanic Line): A geological heritage for geotouristic and geoeducational practices

    Ghislain Zangmo Tefogoum, Merlin Gountié Dedzo, Hyacinthe Zouyane Nouhou Dama, Merlin Raoul Ndonbou, Armand Kagou Dongmo, David Guimolaire Nkouathio


    Chapter 8       

    Enhancing Geoscience Training in Ghana's Tertiary Institutions Through Geoconservation Strategies

    Marian Selorm Sapah, Daniel Kwadwo Asiedu, Yvonne Sena Akosua Loh and Bruce Kofi Banoeng-Yakubo


    Chapter 9


    Llewellyn Leonard and Khodani Matshusa


    Khodani Matshusa is a professional natural scientist (geological science) and a Researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences, UNISA.  He holds a PhD in Tourism and Hospitality (University of Johannesburg) and MSc in Earth Sciences-Geology (University of Venda). He is the first black African (and currently the only one) with a PhD in geotourism, geoheritage, and geoparks. His research focusses on geoheritage, geotourism, geoparks, social sustainability, and mine environmental impacts.

    Llewellyn Leonard is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He also serves as the Chair of the Centre of Excellence in Adaptation and Resilience at UNISA. He holds a PhD from King's College, University of London. His research interests encompass a wide range of critical areas, including environmental justice, human rights, urban risks, sustainable tourism, adaptation and resilience, democracy, and governance.