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Title: The village as a social entrepreneur: Balancing conservation and livelihoods
Authors: Sarkar, Runa
Sinha, Anup Kumar
Keywords: Business model
Community participation
Financial viability
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SCOPUS
Tourism Management Perspectives
Series/Report no.: 16
Abstract: This study seeks to understand some complexities of the business model underlying ecotourism that is focused on generating supplementary incomes for poor rural communities in a community-based home-stay arrangement. We discuss aspects of financial viability, distributional equity and compatibility of ecotourism with the objective of conservation of natural resources and local culture. Through a case study, this paper highlights the essential tension between livelihood and conservation, and suggests that ecotourism represents a trade-off between environmental sustainability and financial success. This trade-off would be even sharper where the involvement in ecotourism is an outcome of the pressures for generating livelihood and incomes rather than from an inherent concern for nature and its preservation. � 2015 Elsevier Ltd
Description: Sarkar, Runa, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India; Sinha, Anup Kumar, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India
ISSN/ISBN - 22119736
DOI - 10.1016/j.tmp.2015.07.006
Appears in Collections:Economics

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