Engendering ecotourism : analysing the participation of rural women in ecotourism in Belize

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dc.contributor.advisor Dalton, Anne Marie
dc.coverage.spatial Belize
dc.creator Redmond, Catherine Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:45Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.other G155 B42 R44 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22265
dc.description 96 leaves : col. ill., map ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 84-86).
dc.description.abstract Global ecological concern has led to a dramatic increase in ecotourism development projects worldwide. Governments in indigent countries of the South are eager to capitalise on economic opportunities presented by a rapidly growing industry, while rural communities are enticed by prospects of new jobs, business opportunities, skill development, and a desire to gain control over the use and management of natural resources in their areas. Local participation in ecotourism is a means by which individuals and families can generate a livelihood in rural communities through the sustainable production of goods and services, and provides impetus for environmental protection and restoration as well as a revival of cultural traditions. Thus, ecotourism can be seen as a vehicle for rebuilding rural societies currently threatened by ecological degradation and urban migration. While local participation in such community development ventures has become the subject of fervent debate among scholars, gender issues have been largely ignored. From a Gender, Environment and Development perspective, which recognises that women--particularly in the South--are more adversely affected by environmental degradation than men are, ecotourism initiatives should only be considered sustainable if the diverse needs of men, women and children within a community are met. This report examines local women's roles within the context of ecotourism and presents case studies conducted in four rural communities in Belize.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc G155.B42
dc.subject.lcsh Ecotourism -- Belize
dc.subject.lcsh Women in development -- Belize
dc.subject.lcsh Tourism -- Belize -- Case studies.
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable development -- Belize
dc.subject.lcsh Belize -- Economic conditions
dc.title Engendering ecotourism : analysing the participation of rural women in ecotourism in Belize
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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