Nature Tourism and Ecotourism

Master's degree in Development of Cultural Tourism Products

6 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 30,0 T + 15,0 TP

Lecturer

Prerequisites
Not applicable

Objectives
The course aims to provide tourism concepts connected with natural heritage and skills that will enable the students to use their technical and scientific expertise to promote tourism-related activities such as ecotourism and other nature activities while respecting the environment.

Program
1. Natural Heritage and Protected areas
1.1- National and international regions of interest
1.2- Private areas
1.3- National, European and International legislation
1.4- Geographical identification of protected areas in Portugal
1.5- Portuguese Biogeography
1.6- Management and conservation in Protected areas
1.7- Conservation outside protected areas

2. Ecotourism ? definitions, application and problematics
2.1- Ecotourism and the relationship with other typologies of tourism
2.2- Case studies analysis
2.3- Tourist activities associated to natural heritage
2.3.1- Nature based tourism typologies
2.3.2- Adventure tourism - land, water and air - Pedestrianism. Birdwatching. Equestrian Tourism. Geotourism.

3. Tools to analyse Nature based Tourism
3.1- Geographic Information Systems
3.2- Databases and inventory
3.3- Questionnaires and statistical interpretation
4. Socially responsible behavior in Tourism
4.1- Legal requirements to start a nature based tourism
4.2- Ecological footprint. Carbon footprint, examples and calculation. Green business.

Evaluation Methodology
written exam (F); reports (RV); attendance (A). Final score =0,6*F + 0,3*RV + 0,1*A. Students obtaining less than 10/20 will have to sit an exam.

Bibliography
- Barkin, D. (2006). Ecotourism: A Tool for Sustainable Development in an Era of International Integration. U.K.: Yale F&ES Bulletin
- Fennell, D. (2008). Ecotourism. U.K.: Taylor & Francis Group
- Wearing, S. & Neil, J. (2009). Ecotourism: Impacts, potentials and possibilities?. London: Butterworth-Heinemann
- Tisdell,C. & Wilson, C. (2012). Nature-based Tourism and Conservation: New Economic Insights and Case Studies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Method of interaction
Lectures, theoretical-practical classes and field trips.

Software used in class
Quantum Gis and SPSS.