Sustainable Tourism and Management for Coral Reefs: Preserving Diversity and Plurality in a Time of Climate Change
M. James C. Crabbe
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Coral reefs throughout the world are under severe challenges from a variety of anthropogenic and environmental factors. In a period of climate change, where mobility and tourism are under threat, it is useful to demonstrate the value of eco- and research-tourism to individuals and to cultures, and how diversity and pluralism in sustainable environments may be preserved. Here we identify the ways in which organisations use research tourism to benefit ecosystem diversity and conservation, show how an Earthwatch project has produced scientific information on the fringing reefs of North Jamaica, and how a capacity-building programme in Belize developed specific action plans for ecotourism. We discuss how implementation of those plans can help research tourism and preserve ecosystem diversity in times of climate change.

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M. Crabbe, "Sustainable Tourism and Management for Coral Reefs: Preserving Diversity and Plurality in a Time of Climate Change," Journal of Service Science and Management, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2010, pp. 250-256. doi: 10.4236/jssm.2010.32031.

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