THE MICRO GEOPOLITICS OF (ECO)TOURISM
Competing Discourses & Collaboration in New Zealand and Brazil
a strong academic model that directly relates to our programs
This thesis was motivated by Dr Lima’s search for models of business that may enable local communities along the Amazon River to use the intact rainforest systems as a generator of small scale sustainable businesses.
Kuaka New Zealand is the key New Zealand model that Dr Lima settled on for this study.
The role of Kuaka NZ as a key stakeholder in small scale sustainable development has evolved through a deliberate growth in collaborative partnerships & networks. We are positioned as an enabling force between managers & communities & between Academic Tourism supply chains & consumers - especially USA College consumers.
Our Vision is 'To Enhance New Zealand' & Dr Lima's analysis of this approach demonstrates the enabling role we take with Regional Councils (local government), Iwi (Maori family groups), community groups & educational institutes to provide comprehensive positive Triple Bottom Line outcomes.
We are in a unique position of having a strong academic model that directly relates to the actual programs that we are running. We now base some of the readings for our Sustainability & Service Learning programs on abstracts & chapters from this academic work.