Students hard at work on the "Mangrove Challenge"! (Sierpe River, SW Costa Rica)
I. What is ecotourism?
A. Definition (and examples/applications)
B. Purpose (preserve environment and make money/allow sustainable development and improvement of human living conditions)
C. Why is it important?
1. Allow development and improvement of human living conditions (aforementioned)
2. Aesthetic/moral reasons for conserving environment
3. Practical reasons for conserving environment (ex.: potential for new medicinal discoveries)
II. Is ecotourism helpful to Costa Rica? (does it help the economy? does it preserve environment?)
A. How ecotourism is practiced in Costa Rica
B. Perceived benefits
C. Perceived drawbacks
D. Overall evaluation
III. Can the Costa Rican model work elsewhere?
A. Why Costa Rica has been so successful
B. Are there any countries that fulfill the same conditions as Costa Rica? Do all the conditions need to be fulfilled?
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Hardyment, Chris (2003). “Ecotourism Definition,” http://www.piedrablanca.org/ecotourism-definition.htm (accessed 15 March 2006).
“Costa Rica.” CIA World Factbook. 10 January 2006, http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cs.html (accessed 15 March 2006).
Dasenbrock, Julie. The Pros and Cons of Ecotourism in Costa Rica. January 2002, http://www.american.edu/projects/mandala/TED/costa-rica-tourism.htm (accessed 15 March 2006).
Kremen, C., et. al. “Economic Incentives for Rain Forest Preservation Across Scales.” Science 288 (2000): 1828-1832, http://studentresearch.wcp.miamioh.edu/RainforestsClimateChange/EconIncentivForestConserv00.pdf (accessed 15 March 2006).
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Steinberg, Paul F. Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries: Transnational Relations and Biodiversity Policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001.
Beletsky, Les. Costa Rica. Northampton, MA: Interlink Books, 2005.
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