Trinity College / Bucknell Univeristy
The concept of eco-tourism as a culturally sensitive, ecologically beneficial alternative to traditional vacations is a fairly new idea. While on the surface it seems positive for everyone involved, there are complexities in the relationships between all parties. This study explores the ties between the community forest, the tourists, and biodiversity (specifically endemic lemur populations) in the VO.I.M.MA Community Managed Forest. This study found that the community forest model is sustainable, based on the criteria of protecting biodiversity and satisfying customers. To truly promote a sustainable business model in the future (ecologically as well as economically), the center could improve publicity and education opportunities for local families as well as tourists.
Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Tourism
Knowlton, Catherine and Walton, Charlotte, "An Analysis of Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Ecotourism in the VO.I.M.MA Community Managed Forest, Andasibe, Madagascar" (2015). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 2175.