Conservation and Tourism

Degree: Master
University: University of Kent , Faculty: Conservation
City: Canterbury , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Natural Sciences
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Tourism is the world's largest industry and nature and wildlife tourism is the fastest growing sector of the industry. Therefore, there is a need to ensure that nature tourism follows the principles of sustainability, by minimising impacts on natural environments, contributing to protected area management and also benefiting local people.

    This programme addresses the issues implicit in the tourism industry, and the biodiversity conservation concerns arising from it. This requires a broad interdisciplinary approach which DICE is ideally situated to provide.

    The Conservation and Tourism programme will enable students to evaluate the potential of tourism for conservation management and local economic development. In particular, it will provide students with the skills and understandings to:

    * Critically engage with the key issues underlying nature based tourism
    * Help minimise negative environmental and social impacts of nature and wildlife tourism.
    * Increase tourism revenues for conservation.
    * Maximise respect and benefits for local communities.
    * Produce interpretative materials for conservation education.
    * Integrate the planning and management of tourism and biodiversity conservation.

    The programme is relevant to the work of NGOs, consultancy firms and contractors, tour operators, conservation managers, international agencies, and donors. Equally, it is important to note what this programme is not.

    The programme specifically does not aim to cover aspects of tourism hospitality and marketing, or of cultural tourism, although many of these aspects are covered by the Kent Business School's MSc in Tourism Management. Therefore, the programme remains firmly embedded in the DICE mission, aiming to address biodiversity and local community concerns arising from the unparalleled growth in nature and wildlife tourism.


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