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Author : Wolfgang Strasdas
School/Work Place : Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
Contact : wolfgang.strasdas@hnee.de
Year : 2012

Nature-based tourism is a form of travel that is often believed to lend itself more to sustainable development than other tourism segments. In fact, the concept of ecotourism – defined as nature tourism that is sustainable – was developed in the 1990s not only to minimize negative impacts, but also as a means to actively support biodiversity conservation and generate income for rural communities. But what about nature-based tourism and climate change? This aspect is conspicuously absent from the idea of ecotourism which tends to focus on the destinations while neglecting how to get there and back (Strasdas 2005). Overall in tourism, transportation is responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions of a given trip, even if it is domestic. For long-haul travel transport is by far the predominant source of emissions (UNWTO/UNEP 2008).

Since pristine natural attractions tend to be remote and difficult to access, thus increasing distances and transportation needs, it may be hypothesized that this tourism segment produces even higher emissions than mainstream tourism. So far, there are very few studies that have specifically dealt with the climate impact of nature tourism. One such study from New Zealand has, in fact, confirmed this hypothesis early on (Simmons/Becken 2004). Two more recent studies have also shown the extremely high climate footprint of tourism to the Polar Regions (Dawson et al. 2010, Eijgelaar et al. 2010). In spite of this, and not any different from the tourism industry in general, the ecotourism community does not appear to have significantly responded to the transportation challenge during the past years, with the exception of local measures (accommodation, local transport) to save energy and increase the share of renewable energy sources.


List of Articles
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414 Think Tank XVI Empowering communities and enabling conservation: Revi... file 152 Jul 01, 2016

The Africa Foundation a non-profit organization was founded in 1992 when Conservation Corporation Africa (since renamed and rebranded to &Beyond) was founded in South Africa. A central principle of the Conservation Corporation, safari l...

Author: Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2016 

413 Think Tank XVI The moderating role of values in planned behaviour: th... file 155 Jul 02, 2016

In the past five years, we (a group of researchers from the Leeds Becket University and the Open University of Catalonia) have been working on different studies about the CSR motivations, barriers and practices in tourism small and medium e...

Author: Lluís Garay, Xavier Font & August Francesc Corrons 

Year: 2016 

412 Think Tank XVI Examining Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism: ... file 157 Jul 01, 2016

One of the biggest challenges facing the tourism industry and policy makers is the emerging and fast growing ‘sharing economy’. Keeping abreast of this, disruptive but potentially transformative phenomenon has been challenging for industry,...

Author: Stephen Wearing & Kevin Lyons 

Year: 2016 

411 Think Tank XVI Assessing the sustainability reporting of a JSE compan... file 166 Jul 02, 2016

The world is changing into a place where broader spectra of responsibilities are now being embraced. A significant realisation has grown throughout the world that the Earth’s natural resources are scarce. Industrialisation and economic grow...

Author: Candice Hunter & Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2016 

410 Think Tank XVI Analysing CSR Practices in Food Operations: A case stu... file 167 Jul 01, 2016

Food consumption is seen by most tourists as an important part of their holiday and tourism often takes place in ecologically, socially and culturally sensitive destinations. Through food consumption, it is not only possible to support heal...

Author: Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt & Klaus-Peter Fritz 

Year: 2016 

409 Think Tank XVII Responsible tourism and innovation practices by touris... file 167 Aug 17, 2017

Responsible tourism incorporates economic, environmental and social imperatives in accordance with ‘sustainable tourism’ notions (Booyens & Rogerson, 2016a). This research argues that tourism firms need to innovate in order to be economi...

Author: Irma Booyens and Christian M. Rogerson 

Year: 2017 

408 Think Tank XVI A study of innovation in the making CARMACAL and the D... file 169 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Harald Buijtendijk, Jorine Vermeer & Juultje Blom 

Year: 2016 

407 Think Tank XVI Can Tourism Businesses Foster Better Inclusion for Peo... file 171 Jul 02, 2016

It is difficult to deny that despite its increased popularity, the concept of social entrepreneurship has not received a clearer understanding in a theoretical context. Zahra, Gedajlovic, Neubaum, and Shulman (2009) list 20 definitions of s...

Author: Kristof Tomej 

Year: 2016 

406 Think Tank XVI Volunteering and donations for biodiversity conservati... file 174 Jul 01, 2016

In 2010, the newly elected government of New Zealand, of neo-liberal orientation, has adopted its Business Growth Agenda. This has been implemented through a series of legal, policy and organizational changes, affecting the governance of th...

Author: Valentina Dinica 

Year: 2016 

405 Think Tank XVI Influencing sustainability through engagement in polic... file 176 Jul 01, 2016

The ability of businesses to influence the sustainability of tourism development is generally examined from two standpoints: the regulatory frameworks requiring particular actions with respect to how business is carried out, or to clients; ...

Author: Valentina Dinica 

Year: 2016 

404 Think Tank XVII Finding and Fostering Our Future Tourism Leaders: Unde... file 178 Aug 17, 2017

The hospitality and tourism industry is facing a serious skilled manpower shortage globally, and the best way to meet the manpower needs of the industry is through training and education. The shortage of skilled talent is a global issue in t...

Author: Grace K.S. Ho & Rob Law 

Year: 2017 

403 Think Tank XVI Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Germany – Ove... file 180 Jul 02, 2016

Certification schemes for sustainable tourism can be seen as a key voluntary instrument to measure, verify and communicate the CSR management and performance of tourism businesses. Today a large number of such schemes can be found around th...

Author: Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2016 

402 Think Tank XVI Polar bears, Climate Change, CSR and Sustainable Tourism 184 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Jeremy Pearce 

Year: 2016 

401 Think Tank XVII Lack of transparency - a barrier for the diffusion of ... file 189 Aug 17, 2017

Throughout the last two decades, the tourism industry has changed due to the revolutionary development in the realm of information and communication technologies (ICT) (Amaro & Duate, 2013; Law et al., 2004; Minghetti & Buhalis, 2010...

Author: Sven-Olaf Gerdt, Elisa Wagner & Gerhard Schewe 

Year: 2017 

400 Think Tank XVI eTraining for Sustainable Tourism: Investing in Skills... file 192 Jul 02, 2016

This proposed presentation examines the current state of “eTraining” opportunities (e.g. distance learning programs, online courses, live seminars) supporting professional skills development for tourism professionals, with a particular focu...

Author: Ayako Ezaki 

Year: 2016 

399 Think Tank XVII Making hotel guests voluntarily waive daily room cleaning file 192 Aug 17, 2017

Tourism is the fourth largest economic contributor globally and outperforms the growth of the world economy (United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 2013). But tourism growth comes at a cost. Not surprisingly, therefore, tourism i...

Author: Sara Dolnicar & Ljubica Knezevic Cvelbar & Bettina Grun 

Year: 2017 

398 Think Tank XVII Investigating the relationship between FDI and Tourism... file 192 Aug 17, 2017

This paper employs a dynamic time series econometrics framework, namely a vector error correction model (VECM), to investigate the link between foreign direct investment (FDI) and tourist arrivals in Mauritius for the period 1980-2015. The r...

Author: Sheereen Fauzel, & Boopen Seetanah 

Year: 2017 

397 Think Tank XVI In Search of a New Mindset to Underpin Tourism Develop... file 197 Jul 01, 2016

Despite widespread recognition of the importance of all tourism stakeholders adopting sustainability attitudes and practices, with a huge descriptive and prescriptive literature highlighting ‘best practice’, things seem to be getting worse....

Author: Larry Dwyer & Verity Anne Greenwood 

Year: 2016 

396 Think Tank XVII Collaborative knowledge production development and act... file 197 Aug 17, 2017

Increasingly, literature has depicted food tourism as a powerful contributor to the ‘triple bottom line’ of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in rural communities (e.g. Sidali et al., 2015; Sims, 2009; Everret & Aitchson...

Author: Yukari Higuchi & Yasuhiro Yamanaka 

Year: 2017 

395 Think Tank XVI Responsible High Performance Sport Travel – Opportunit... file 198 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Kerstin Heuwinkel 

Year: 2016 

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