Author : Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata
School/Work Place : University of Technology Sydney, Australia (Stephen Wearing, Amy Reggers, Hanna Sakata), World Wide Fund for Nature, Austria (Paul Chatterton)
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Year : 2014

Development in developing countries often results in mass land-use change and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emission by deforestation or forest degradation. For instance, approximately a-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions was a result of altered land-use in the period of 1990 to 2000 (Houghton, 2005). To tackle this relationship at a global scale, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) emerged as an international strategy to incentivise developing nations to commit in forest conservation and sustainable forest management. This is faciliated by generating financial incentive for developing nations' verified effort for the additional carbon stored in trees or not emitted to the atmosphere. To put it simply, it involves operationalised financial transactions between carbon emitters, developing countries, and carbon sequestrators, local govenrments and communities in forest environment where the emitters purchase environmental stewardship from sequestrators. It is one of the largest carbon emission reduction initiatives targeting developing nations to protect forest. It also reflects an enormous potential for developing nations to gain from 'clean' modes of development as it creates two sources of economic benefit; payment for environmental protection and revenue generated by non-extractive economic activities. Community-based ecotourism appears to present an enormous potential under this context where a local community can benefit from environmental payment and tourism income.

We examine some of the progress being made by REDD and examine how in other work in community based ecotourism there have been failures in implementing the on ground projects and discuss what might be learned and how it might be implemented in the REDD Forest Climate Change Initiative.

List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
82 Think Tank XVIII Connecting through Stories: Adapting Communication to ... file 633 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: story-telling, landscapes, interpretation, sustainable tourism experiences

Author: Gianna Moscardo & Karen Hughes 

Year: 2018 

81 Think Tank XVIII Community participation and stakeholder engagement in ... file 1639 Jan 07, 2019

Keywords: natural resource management, community participation, stakeholder engagement, co-creation, sustainable tourism, Networks of Reserves.

Author: Umberto Martini, Federica Buffa, Sandra Notaro, Nicola Zeni & Pier Luigi Novi Inverardi 

Year: 2018 

80 Think Tank XVIII Defining Small Accommodation Establishments: employing... file 595 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: small accommodation, sustainable tourism, business models

Author: Niki Glen & Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2018 

79 Think Tank XVIII Indigenous destination development: Nudging key player... file 1066 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: Key players, sustainable tourism impact, tourism planning

Author: Astrid Frischknecht, Celiane Camargo-Borges & Celeste Wilderom 

Year: 2018 

78 Think Tank XVIII Sustainable tourism products and services: development... file 427 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: sustainable urban tourism, urban regeneration, precincts, Johannesburg Maboneng

Author: Felicite A Fairer-Wessels & Emma J Pearse 

Year: 2018 

77 Think Tank XVIII Certification as a tool to identify sustainable touris... file 707 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: Sustainable Tourism Products, Sustainable tourism certification schemes, Certification

Author: Martin Balas & Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2018 

76 Think Tank XV A vacation from capitalism; what happens when the ‘mas... file 2922 Jul 27, 2015

Philosophical and theoretical debates in tourism must be situated not just within economic and cultural contexts, but also political and social ones (Ataljevic, Pritchard & Morgan, 2007). Tourism is more than an ‘industry,’ Freya Higgins...

Author: Amy Savener 

Year: 2015 

75 Think Tank XV A modified value chainanalysisoftourism development in... file 1298 Jul 27, 2015

Tourism development in a relatively unknown country is faced with various challenges. The difficulty is not only choosing an appropriate tourism development strategy but also managing it in a complex sociocultural, economic and political env...

Author: Sonja Frommenwiler & Péter Varga 

Year: 2015 

OPA: Runner Up Outstanding Paper Award 

74 Think Tank XV Social Representations of Tourist Selfies: New Challen... file 2005 Jul 27, 2015

A number of recent incidents have focussed media attention on the phenomenon of tourist selfies, described their negative consequences for tourist destinations and identified a number of challenges for tourist site managers. This paper repor...

Author: John Pearce & Gianna Moscardo 

Year: 2015 

73 Think Tank XV Enhancing stakeholders’ participation for sustainable ... file 1318 Jul 27, 2015

Tourism is a fragile industry with multiple stakeholders. Globally, the desire of its stakeholders is to gain more benefits and eliminate negative impacts on resources that support the industry, particularly in protected areas (PAs) such as ...

Author: Richie Wandwi 

Year: 2015 

72 Think Tank XIV Sustainable tourism, market failures and the challenge... file 6946 Jul 07, 2014

David's presentation outlines the major market failures in tourism production and consumption and questions the changing role of (public sector) governments in market regulation and ‘economic’ development. The presentation focuses specifical...

Author: David G. Simmons 

Year: 2014 

» Think Tank XIV Exploring the potential of Community Based Ecotourism ... file 4141 Jun 27, 2014

Development in developing countries often results in mass land-use change and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emission by deforestation or forest degradation. For instance, approximately a-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions was a...

Author: Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata 

Year: 2014 

70 Think Tank XIV Exploring Policy, Politics and Governance through Stak... file 4476 Jun 27, 2014

This paper looks at the development of an ecotrekking industry on the Kokoda Track and demonstrates how the use of participatory methods in community based tourism can align two different “regimes of truth” (that of the community and of the ...

Author: Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton & Amy Reggers 

Year: 2014 

69 Think Tank XIV Bird-watching Routes as Collaborative Stakeholderships... file 4258 Jun 27, 2014

Although there are numerous birding trails with varying levels of success, prior to this study, little research existed as to how birding trails are designed, implemented and managed. Thus, the study posed and answered the following research...

Author: Krisztian Vas 

Year: 2014 

68 Think Tank XIV Can "Slow Travel" Contribute to Sustainable Tourism? file 5085 Jun 27, 2014

Slow travel as a research field has increased in popularity in the last decade. The concept started to gain attention through online communities, and tourism researchers have become interested in the possible benefits that slow travel may ha...

Author: Tina Roenhovde Tiller 

Year: 2014 

67 Think Tank XIV Local Networks as Sustainable Policy Instruments: A Ca... file 3590 Jun 27, 2014

In this case study, a communication network among local hotel managers was examined, first to assess the extent of communication among hotel managers, and second to identify influential members within the network. Communication with respect ...

Author: Karen Irene Thal & Tracy Burkett 

Year: 2014 

66 Think Tank XIV Development of a Certification System for Sustainable ... file 4683 Jun 27, 2014

Tourism destinations are complex entities that can be defined as geographical areas of different sizes that are being visited by tourists. Most definitions then differentiate between the perspectives of those living in and managing a destina...

Author: Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2014 

65 Think Tank XIV Assessing Samui Island's Sustainable Tourism Policies ... file 9224 Jun 26, 2014

Since 2009, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) promoted sustainable tourism practices through its – 7 Greens Concept, which is similar to the main global trends towards sustainable tourism. The 7 Greens Concept includes Green Heart, Gre...

Author: Attama Nilnoppakun, Krissada Pornprapa, Nattapong Boonlue & Kreagrit Ampawat 

Year: 2014 

64 Think Tank XIV Tropical Communities as Resources for Tourism or Touri... file 47608 Jun 26, 2014

The purpose of this paper is to review the barriers to sustainable tourism development faced by rural and developing regions and to explore the notion of tourism and its potential contribution to community well-being, with a focus on Flora’s...

Author: Laurie Murphy, Gianna Moscardo & Anna Blackman 

Year: 2014 

63 Think Tank XIV Tourism Development as Greek Tragedy: Implications for... file 19399 Jun 26, 2014

Although tourism has been used as a development strategy in many parts of the world for several decades, there is little evidence that it is an effective tool for improving the wellbeing of destination communities. It is not uncommon to find...

Author: Gianna Moscardo, Anna Blackman & Laurie Murphy 

Year: 2014