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Understanding Complex Human Ecosystems: The Case of Ecotourism on Bonaire

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dc.contributor.author Abel, Thomas en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:56:47Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:56:47Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-09-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-09-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3063
dc.description.abstract "It is suggested that ecotourism development on the island of Bonaire can be productively understood as a perturbation of a complex human ecosystem. Inputs associated with ecotourism have fueled transformations of the island ecology and sociocultural system. The results of this study indicate that Bonaire's social and economic hierarchy is approaching a new, stable systems state following a 50-yr transition begun by government and industry that stabilized with the appearance of ecotourism development and population growth. Ecotourism can be understood to have 'filled in' the middle of the production hierarchy of Bonaire. Interpreted from this perspective, population growth has completed the transformation by expanding into production niches at smaller scales in the production hierarchy. Both a consequence and a cause, ecotourism has transformed the island's social structure and demography. The theory and methods applied in this case study of interdisciplinary research in the field of human ecosystems are also presented." en_US
dc.subject ecological economics en_US
dc.subject ecosystems en_US
dc.subject demography en_US
dc.subject social networks en_US
dc.subject ecotourism en_US
dc.title Understanding Complex Human Ecosystems: The Case of Ecotourism on Bonaire en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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