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Participatory Environmental Research in Tourism: A Global View


Ellis, C, Participatory Environmental Research in Tourism: A Global View, Tourism Recreation Research, 28, (3) pp. 45-55. ISSN 0250-8281 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/02508281.2003.11081416


© 2003 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.The use of volunteers by natural resource managers has become quite widely accepted, but the development of programmes where tourists volunteer, and make a financial contribution is less widespread. This article focuses on one type of volunteer vacation or conservation holiday, where participants pay to work as volunteers helping conduct environmental field research. It is a developing area that is increasingly being recognised by potential travellers as a holiday choice. Importantly, participatory environmental research trips also provide scientists with an alternative means of funding research and another vehicle through which to achieve goals. These types of programmes allow tourism to actively support conservation and sound ideal, but there are also significant constraints and issues. Varying partnerships and operating structures impact on the resulting benefits and costs for all stakeholders. This article defines and examines the global development of the Participatory Environmental Research in Tourism (PERT)sub-sector. By exploring the existing activities within the sub-sector it is hoped to highlight operating characteristics, current logistical constraints, and stimulate further research

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ellis, C (Dr Claire Ellis)
ID Code:28676
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-31

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