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Ecotourism and Whale Watching Activities in ICZM: A worldwide case for sustainable managment

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0945 and MAMC - 4945

Whale-watching is one of the fastest growing tourism industries worldwide often viewed as sustainable, non-consumptive strategy for the benefits of cetacean conservation and the coastal communities. This course will focus upon: the historical aspects of Whale-Watching Activities (WWA) / Whale-Watching around the word, particularly in North America / the Blue Economy of WWA as an industry / conceptual modeling and decision-making systems for sustainable management / the role of Marine Protected Areas / the ecological impacts of navigation / governance, regulation, boaters and attitudes / the ecotourism experience / Research trends in WWA

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • acquire knowledge on a important worldwide issue as sustainable development for coastal communities
  • understand the complexity of the interactions between ecological, social and economical factors involved in WWA as an industry
  • examine current and future trends in WWA management and research

Textbook: None

Winter 2016 Syllabus

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