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Is Whale Watching a Win-Win for People and Nature? An Analysis of the Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Whale Watching in the Caribbean

Abstract Whale watching has been hailed by environmental non-governmental organizations like Greenpeace and the International Fund for Animal Welfare as a responsible form of tourism that has the potential to enhance conservation outcomes for cetaceans, while also supporting the economic development of coastal communities. Tourism research suggests that while it is possible for whale watching to provide these benefits, it may also have considerable costs to members of host communities and cetaceans. My dissertation sought to gather data on the economic, ecological, and social impacts of whale watching in the Caribbean in order to evaluate the industry's performance in the region. My project thus took the form of three sub-projects. The first use... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Raschke, Bonnie Jean (Author) / Kinzig, Ann (Advisor) / Andereck, Kathleen (Committee member) / Gerber, Leah (Committee member) / Minteer, Ben (Committee member) / Perrings, Charles (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Wildlife conservation / Social research / Environmental science / caribbean / cetacean conservation / ecotourism / resident perceptions / whale watching
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 410 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Environmental Social Science 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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