Coastal and Marine Tourism

This topic represents a growing interest on the part of center researchers and a theme likely to be given more emphasis in future years.

During 1998, Professors Biliana Cicin-Sain and Robert Knecht worked with a federal interagency group to assess major aspects of U.S. ocean policy as part of the government's effort to prepare for the 1998 Year of the Ocean. Analyses of a dozen ocean issues were prepared. Professor Cicin-Sain and Knecht prepared the paper on issues involved in coastal and marine tourism.

Professor Biliana Cicin-Sain and graduate student Kevin Goldstein organized a workshop, on behalf of the Marine Board, National Research Council, on "Coastal and Marine Tourism: Research Questions and Policy Issues," held in Washington, D.C. in May 2001.

Fishery Conflicts in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Ecuadorian province of the Galapagos Islands, a source of pride to the Government of Ecuador, a focus of fascination for scientists of diverse interests, a valued destination for ecotourists from all over the world, and an "unparalleled natural heritage for all humanity," became the center of conflict between environmental and development interest groups in the mid-1990s, involving a struggle over the valuable marine resources, particularly sea cucumbers, native to the surrounding waters.

Professors Lee Anderson, Robert Knecht, and Biliana Cicin-Sain, and graduate student Tracey Wiley, worked under contract with the National Marine Fisheries Service to review existing information concerning the status of marine fisheries in the Galapagos and the policies that guide their management. With this information, along with further details collected from field work in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito and in the Galapagos Islands themselves, Professor Lee Anderson and Tracey Wiley prepared an options paper for the Government of Ecuador that offered potential fisheries management strategies for addressing the conflicts. Each option addressed such factors as the predicted effectiveness of the management technique; enforcement and infrastructure requirements; and potential short- and long-term effects on the target organism, other living marine resources, the marine reserve, local community, and the tourism industry.

Studies of the Environmental Technology Industry

Center researchers participated in a multi-scholar project (administered by Professor Jack Archer at the Institute for International Environmental Business and Technology, University of Massachusetts), on identifying strategies employed by various countries to encourage the environmental technology industry.

Comparative Studies of Common Property Resources Management

Center researchers have been involved in collaborative research work with an international group of scholars on comparative studies on the relationship between various types of approaches to the management of common property resources (forests, fisheries, etc.) and ecosystem health under the auspices of the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden (Dr. Susan Hanna, Project Director). Center researchers focused, in particular, on methods of incorporating traditional indigenous knowledge in current management practices. Research for this project involved fieldwork in Australia, Fiji, and Western Samoa during summer 1995.

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