Ecotourism is often promoted as a way to visit a unique area of spectacular beauty. While tourists travel to these destinations to view environmental wonders, they seldom consider the effects of their visit on the indigenous people or on the location itself. Tourism in Northeastern Argentina: The Intersection of Human and Indigenous Rights with the Environment, an edited collection by Penny Seymoure and Jeffrey L. Roberg, examines the impact of tourism on indigenous and local populations, and the environment they live in, specifically in several locations in the northeast of Argentina.
Several of the chapters examine the lives and problems of the Mbya Guarani people, an indigenous culture that has been attempting to survive in the rainforest of Misiones Province. In recent years, the loss of traditional lands, some of which was taken for tourist hotels, has led the Mbya to engage in tourism, with both positive and negative changes to their culture. Most of the tourists who interact with the Mbya come to the area to see the beautiful Iguazu National Park and Waterfalls, and stay in the nearby city of Puerto Iguazu. The waterfalls now draw over one million visitors a year.
The authors of this volume further explore how, while Puerto Iguazu has been engaged in mass tourism for many years, the nearby small town of Colonia Carlos Pelligrini has struggled to keep its younger tourism industry modest due, in part, to its location near pristine wetlands. This town faces a number of challenges that must be addressed soon to protect both the surrounding wetlands and the town itself.
Tourism in Northeastern Argentina explores all of these issues, and more, in the context of human and indigenous rights and the protection of the environment.
The case studies are a particularly important addition to the literature as they highlight how tourism development has simultaneously relieved existing poverty in northeastern Argentina while generating new challenges. The book is a careful and insightful analysis of these complex issues with important implications for other regions facing similar challenges. -- Terence Roehrig, United States Naval War College
Tourism in Northeastern Argentina makes an important contribution to scholarship on the effects of tourism in a world increasingly shaped by the forces of globalization. The authors effectively balance the provision of in-depth empirical information about the benefits and costs of tourism with a sophisticated consideration of the human rights issues at stake. -- Debra L. DeLaet, Drake University
This book details the challenges and opportunities associated with ecotourism globally, and as with other destinations promoting biological and cultural resources, the `sustainability' rhetoric often doesn't reflect practice. Both are compromised to the detriment of residents and their sense of place. -- John Cusick, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Acknowledgments Chapter One - An Overview to the Book: Human and Environmental Rights by Jeffrey L. Roberg and Penny Seymoure Chapter Two - The Fight for Mbya Lands: Indigenous Rights and Collective Rights by Penny Seymoure Chapter Three - Changing Life Strategies: Mbya People and Their Relationship with Tourism by Marta Crivos, Maria Rosa Martinez, Carolina Remorini, and Laura Teves Chapter Four - Tourism Programs in Mbya Communities Near the Iguazu National Park by Penny Seymoure Chapter Five - Special Challenges Facing the Mbya: Land Shortages, Food Insecurity, Children's Health, and Education by Penny Seymoure Chapter Six - The Effects of Tourism on Puerto Iguazu by Jeffrey L Roberg Chapter Seven - The Effects of Tourism on Colonia Carlos Pellegrini by Jeffrey L. Roberg Chapter Eight - Tourism Planning and Protected Areas in Argentina by Cecilia Rolon and Cristina Morales Chapter Nine - Conclusion by Penny Seymoure and Jeffrey L. Roberg Bibliography About the Authors Index