Slow'n down the town to let nature grow: ecotourism, social justice and sustainability

Channel View Publications
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Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities, 2012, 1, pp. 36 - 50
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This chapter develops an account of slow ecotourism that challenges objectifying and commodifying processes in local communities of both the developing and developed world. We argue for sustainable forms of slow ecotourism that promote social justice for host communities and high standards of environmental protection as a basis for the economic, social and environmental protection of these communities. Models and practices for tourist enterprises are suggested in later sections of this chapter that value local workforce participation and equity for host workers and their communities. We argue that 'slow ecotourism] needs to embrace principles of both social justice and sustainability to achieve this. The adoption of these principles would ensure that Indigenous and host communities receive equitable and positive redistributive socio-economic effects and poverty alleviation through the creation of jobs, as well as a fair share of the profits that may accrue from ecotourism. The focus on decommodification allows for anti-poverty strategies via alternative forms of exchange that are slow, informal and bartered.
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