Title

Between Tourism and Habitat Protection: Understanding Ecotourism in Costa Rica

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 2:00 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

During the summer of 2016 I plan to attend a School for Field Studies field school in Costa Rica. The focus of this program is to allow students to develop their own research. Research will address issues Costa Rica is currently dealing with in their efforts to maintain stable sustainability while enduring increasing urban development due partly to ecotourism. During my field research I will explore the effects of ecotourism on the conservation efforts established in Costa Rica, focusing specifically on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of integrated waste management in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Within this broader research category, I will look at tourists and their interactions as they engage with the environment. I plan to utilize structured interviews and participant observation. I seek to discover what they know about conservation, the importance of recycling and protecting the natural habitat they are visiting, and their behaviors associated with the environment. My research will align with the overall goals of the program as I hope to use the data collected to improve waste management efforts in the Monteverde region in Costa Rica.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 2:00 PM

Between Tourism and Habitat Protection: Understanding Ecotourism in Costa Rica

WUC Willamette Room

During the summer of 2016 I plan to attend a School for Field Studies field school in Costa Rica. The focus of this program is to allow students to develop their own research. Research will address issues Costa Rica is currently dealing with in their efforts to maintain stable sustainability while enduring increasing urban development due partly to ecotourism. During my field research I will explore the effects of ecotourism on the conservation efforts established in Costa Rica, focusing specifically on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of integrated waste management in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Within this broader research category, I will look at tourists and their interactions as they engage with the environment. I plan to utilize structured interviews and participant observation. I seek to discover what they know about conservation, the importance of recycling and protecting the natural habitat they are visiting, and their behaviors associated with the environment. My research will align with the overall goals of the program as I hope to use the data collected to improve waste management efforts in the Monteverde region in Costa Rica.