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Exploring the Nature Tourism Frontier: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Tourism and Conservation in Remote Areas 
Convenors:
Roger Norum (University of Oulu)
Julia Lajus (HSE University)
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Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Monday 25 October, 15:00-16:30

Short Abstract:

Speaking across disciplines, this panel will critically engage with the nexus of contemporary conservation practices, their impact on nature tourism, and the ways in which these are understood, implemented and at times resisted in remote areas of the planet.

Long Abstract

In some of the world's least developed and under-connected areas, tourism is often indicated as a key tool for sustainable economic development. Nature tourism has in past decades also become a primary mode for creation and maintenance of protected areas across much of the globe. And yet, while conservationists and scholars have frequently criticized radical initiatives of tourism development for their negative outcomes on local communities and their environments, many policymakers and members of civil society continue to often uncritically embrace neoliberal development strategies which proffer tourism and nature conservation as a panacea for remote communities. To address this paradox, this panel will critically engage with the nexus of contemporary conservation practices, their impact on nature tourism, and the ways in which they are understood, implemented and at times resisted. The panel thus foregrounds transdisciplinary perspectives, addressing conceptual and methodological pathways for bringing studies of conservation practices and nature tourism together with critical research on human-environment relations. The research presented pays particular attention to innovative and participatory methods in order to consider how conservation efforts engage ecological-environmental processes at both local and global scales.

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