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De haalbaarheid van een kleinschalig ecotoeristisch project in Gazi = The feasibility of a small-scale ecotouristic project in Gazi
Vandeput, S. (1999). De haalbaarheid van een kleinschalig ecotoeristisch project in Gazi = The feasibility of a small-scale ecotouristic project in Gazi. MSc Thesis. VUB: Brussel. 96 pp.

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    VLIZ: Non-open access 248005
Document type: Dissertation

Keywords
    Ecotourism; Oyster culture; Sustainable development; ISW, Kenya, Gazi Bay [Marine Regions]

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  • Vandeput, S.

Abstract
    In a theoretical introduction we treat a few concepts (conservation of biodiversity, ecosystems, natural resources, environment) which are important for our explorative research : "The feasibility o f a small-scale ecotourism project at Gazi'. Departing from transgenerational, interdisciplinary, cultural and ecological conditions for sustainable development, we conclude that social change concerning nature conservation not can be enforced upon from the outside. The participatory approach and it's educative components are the origin for research that takes in account the reality-concept of the local population. Departing from a general outline of development of tourism in Third World Countries and it's social repercussions, some further outlines of contemporary tourism are given. Further we extensively explore ecotourism as an alternative for sustainable development. In the second chapter we describe briefly demographical, geographical and touristic aspects from Kenya and Kwale District The conceptual framework, constructivism, will be amplified in chapter 3. We also describe the methodological instruments: ‘Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). In chapter 4 we report the results of the research. In first case research was done in the village, the most important instrument the community meetings. On the other hand research was accomplished outside the village. Finally, we visited a few projects in which cooperation with local people have a priority. The reproduction of the natural resources is represented in the 'resource map'; indication of the available services in the 'service map'; allocation of the tasks and ownership division between man and women in the gender map'; information about the social structures and proportions in 'the social map'. In chapter 5 requirements, possible obstacles and concrete reactions and propositions as mentioned by the respondents were brought together, whereby distinction was made between locals and non-locals of Gazi.

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