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Miller, Casey Catherine, 2017. Challenges and potentials of ecotourism as a form of conservation and sustainable development on Zapatera Island, Nicaragua. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Unsustainable natural resource management practices are an increasing problem on Zapatera Island, Nicaragua. As overfishing and deforestation continues to degrade the environment, some community members are looking towards ecotourism as a sustainable alternative. Using grounded theory research methods, this thesis examines the ways in which existing ecotourism has impacted the surrounding community and the feasibility of future ecotourism developments as a natural resource management method to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development. Research was done through semi-structured interviews with ecotourism business owners, ecotourism employees, community members not employed in ecotourism, tourists and a representative from Nicaragua’s environmental management agency in addition to information gained from secondary sources and previous ecotourism research. This study explores the ways in which Zapatera Island can benefit from ecotourism development and how to overcome the possible obstacles that can act as a barrier to these benefits.

Main title:Challenges and potentials of ecotourism as a form of conservation and sustainable development on Zapatera Island, Nicaragua
Authors:Miller, Casey Catherine
Supervisor:Cuadra, Margarita
Examiner:Beckman, Malin
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2017
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM025 EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Zapatera Island, nicaragua, ecotourism, Natural Resource Management, sustainable Development
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Nature conservation and land resources
Deposited On:11 Apr 2017 11:32
Metadata Last Modified:11 Apr 2017 11:32

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