Kyrgyzstan’s Emerging Community Based Tourism Industry: A Model Method for Achieving Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation?

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Kyrgyzstan’s Emerging Community Based Tourism Industry: A Model Method for Achieving Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation?

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Research Question

Community based ecotourism has been suggested as a means to achieve environmental conservation and sustainable development. Kyrgyzstan’s recently introduced National Sustainable Development Strategy and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals agenda indicate a national and international policy drive towards sustainable development. How does Kyrgyzstan’s community based ecotourism industry succeed in fulfilling national and international environmental conservation and sustainable development policy goals?

Significance

Tourism is one of the largest industries globally, and international ecotourism is rapidly increasing. This research examines the potential for locally managed community based tourism to harness this growth to achieve environmental conservation and sustainable development goals.

Methods Used

This research involves interviews with Kyrgyz representatives from local and international NGOs, tourism stakeholders, government officials, and sustainable development and tourism academics within Kyrgyzstan. The village of Arslanbob, site of the world’s largest walnut forest, is examined as an in-depth case study for community tourism as a means for sustainable development and environmental conservation.

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Disciplines

Natural Resource Economics | Natural Resources and Conservation | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Tourism and Travel

Kyrgyzstan’s Emerging Community Based Tourism Industry: A Model Method for Achieving Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation?

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