[Coral-List] Call of papers Etudes Caribéennes

dominique Augier doaugier at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 15:24:14 EDT 2015

Dear List,

If you are interested in this call of papers of Etude Caribéennes on
"Tourism and natural resources".

Abstracts and Articles can be written in french, english and spanish.

Articles should be sent to: sarrasin.bruno at uqam.ca and doaugier at gmail.com

This edition of Revue Etudes Caribéennes focuses on the links that unite
and oppose tourism and natural resources, specifically in southern
countries. In a context of increased media coverage of issues related to
biodiversity (including threats to it), tourism – particularly ecotourism –
is often presented as a mean to reconcile conservation and development.
Local authorities, despite the existence of a specific environmental
regulatory framework, often have insufficient resources (human, material,
financial) to manage the increase of visits to protected areas, and the
potential impact of these visits on natural and human environments. In
response to this problem, international financial institutions and
associated organizations offer to try to find a balance between mass
attendance and low volume attendance in order to develop "high quality
tourism" in southern countries. Even if this were possible, what criteria
can be used to "stop" the development of a tourist site or region for
environmental reasons? The “natural” geographic evolution of tourism – in
other words, essentially based on the development of nature tourism and
accessibility of these resources – already causes huge political and
economic problems. Governments (central, regional or local) are hardly able
to arbitrate over the long term in a context that would allow finding a
balance between tourism development and preservation of natural areas.

The relationship between tourism and natural resources often revolves
around two specific objectives: to develop a product with less impact, but
at high cost and a target volume of visitors that contributes to economic
profits, but that causes the least ecological / social degradation
possible. This position epitomizes both the complexity and the many
paradoxes of nature tourism development. Social interactions and the
expansion of private appropriation of natural and agricultural areas
highlight the challenges of managing common resources and their
sustainability, especially in the southern countries. In this context,
development objectives, natural resources and the strategies of key
stakeholders are difficult to reconcile, and the relationship between
leading actors do not always correspond with these objectives.

What links exist between the characteristics of the territory and tourism
development of natural resources? What are the determinants of tourism
development and who are the main actors involved? How does tourism
development of a particular case shape (or how is it shaped by) political
and economic power? What kind of representation, and in favor of what group
of actors, is the result of development by and for tourism - and
ecotourism? These questions guide the direction of this particular edition
that explores issues motivating the positions of actors, their potential
conflicts as well as the resultant territorial dynamics. The strong
"potential" tourism development of biodiversity should not obscure the
double paradox that results: tourism – and ecotourism - appropriates,
destroys and develops territories; it also excludes from these areas all
people and activities that do not contribute to its development.

The topic is open to all contributions related to the tourism development
of natural resources in the fields of geography, political science,
economics, sociology and ecology. This issue will provide an overview of
both theoretical and empirical approaches, presenting case studies and
critical discussions of the relationship between tourism and the
Key themes linking tourism and natural resources:
- The fight against poverty and development
- Geopolitical and territorial issues
- Political ecology and environment
- Co-management and the role of local communities
- Protected areas and natural parks
- Ecotourism and nature tourism
- Rural tourism
- Perceptions and expectations of tourists
- Policy and public management
- Environmental economics
- Evaluation of ecosystem services

- June 20th, 2015: Deadline of proposal submission (abstract)
- December 1st 2015: Deadline of article submission
- March, 2016: Publication (n° 33/2016)

Dominique AUGIER
Université des Antilles et de la Guyane
Campus de Schoelcher
B.P. 7207
97 275 Schoelcher - Martinique
FWI - France.
tel : 05 96 72 74 00 - 06 96 93 80 41
fax : 05 96 72 74 03

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