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Community Rights, Conservation & Contested Land

Community Rights, Conservation and Contested Land The Politics of Natural Resource Governance in Africa (EarthScan 2010)

Natural resource governance is central to the outcomes of biodiversity conservation efforts and to patterns of economic development, particularly in resource-dependent rural communities. The institutional arrangements that define natural resource governance are outcomes of political processes, whereby numerous groups with often-divergent interests negotiate for access to and control over resources. These political processes determine the outcomes of resource governance reform efforts, such as widespread attempts to decentralize or devolve greater tenure over land and resources to local communities. This volume examines the political dynamics of natural resource governance processes through a range of comparative case studies across east and southern Africa. These cases include both local and national settings, and examine issues such as land rights, tourism development, wildlife conservation, participatory forest management, and the impacts of climate change, and are drawn from both academics and field practitioners working across the region.

Business and Public Policy

Business and Public Policy: Responses to Environmental and Social Protection Processes(Cambridge 2010)

It is increasingly common for businesses to face public policies and government regulation that demand some form of environmental or social protection. These protective public policies have grown in number, complexity, and stringency over the last few decades, not only in industrialized countries but also in the developing world. In this book, Jorge Rivera presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between protective public policies and business compliance. This framework explains different levels of business compliance in terms of three different factors: the link between the stages of protective public policies and different levels of business resistance, the effect of country context, and the effect of firm-level characteristics. The second part of the book supports and elaborates on this framework by presenting empirical studies that examine two voluntary environmental programs: the US ski industry's Sustainable Slopes Program and the Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica.


Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2010)

In an effort to maximize the usability of dwindling resources such as land and water to help humanity strive to reconnect with the natural world, this book advocates a multidisciplinary team approach to design that is not only highly sustainable technologically, but also visually beautiful.  Sustainable Infrastructure examines the innovations in areas such as water resource management, site design, and land planning to help establish the framework for creating the healthy socio-economic environments of tomorrow, while it honors the aesthetic values that celebrate and enhance the human experience.

The editor, S. Bry Sarte, is founder of the Sherwood Institute and Sherwood Design Engineers, a leading designer in green and sustainable engineering.  He has made significant contributions to contemporary research involving global environmental issues affecting water supply, urban design, material science, and energy use. Sarte participated in CREST’s 2010 Innovators in Coastal Tourism Symposium.

Link for additional information, excerpts, or to purchase: www.wiley.com/buy/9780470453612



Tourists and Tourism, A Reader (Waveland Press, Inc, 2010).

Sharon Bohn Gmelch is a professor of anthropology at the University of San Francisco and at Union College. Tourists and Tourism was inspired by the anthropology course she teaches on tourism and by the desire to bring together a collection of engaging readings that capture the diversity amd importance of tourism research.

Don't miss Chapter 23 when CREST's Co-director Martha Honey contributes in an essay titled: Giving a Grade to Costa Rica's Green Tourism.




Quality Assurance and Certification in Ecotourism(Cab International, 2007)

Edited by R. Black and Alice Crabtree, Quality Assurance and Certification in Ecotourism presents a range of perspectives relating to the ecotourism industry.

Co-director Martha Honey contributes the foreward.





Tourism and Protected Areas, Benefits Beyond Boundaries (Cab International, 2007)

Edited by Robyn. Bushell and Paul F.J. Eagles, Tourism and Protected Areas is a comprehensive record of the tourism issues discusses at the IUCB World Parks Congress held in Durban, South Africa.

Co-director Martha Honey of CREST authors The Role of Certification and Accreditation in Ensuring Tourism Contributes in Chapter 12.



Ecotourism Development in India. Communities, Capital and Conservation

Citation: Bhatt, S. and S. Liyakhat. 2008. Ecotourism Development in India. Communities, Capital and Conservation. Centre for Environment Education and Cambridge University Press, New Delhi.

In this book, visiting Fulbright scholar Seema Bhatt presents a comprehensive and analytical perspective on the development of ecotourism in India.This book showcases the key policies and legal frameworks linked to ecotourism development at national and international levels. The consequences of large-scale models of ecotourism in terms of responses and impacts, both negative and positive are presented through select case studies. It is intended to facilitate effective formulation and implementation of conservation and development policies and practices.

This book will be useful for policy-makers, students of tourism, practitioners and civil society organisations.

Front cover imageBranded! How the 'Certification Revolution' is Transforming Global Corporations (New Society Publishers, 2007). In this book, author and CESD Board member Michael Conroy examines certification schemes and the broad effects they have on global financial markets and corporate activity.

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To learn more about the author, or for information and downloads related to the book, please click here.

front cover imageDisappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them (Vintage Publishing, 2008).

Kimberly Lisagor presents many famous tourist destinations currently threatened by human uses and natural phenomena: logging, mining, hunting, global warming, and even some forms of tourism itself. Areas mentioned include Tuvalu and other island nations, the national parks of the United States, ancient Inca ruins in Peru, and the Swiss Alps, all endangered and in need of protection from travellers and ordinary citizens alike.

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CSR in the Tourism Industry? The Status of and Potential for Certification, Codes of Conduct and Guidelines (article in PDF format).