Governance Challenges in Linking Environmental Sustainability to Tourism: Where is the Houseboat Industry in Kerala, India Headed?
Papers from World Trade Institute
Abstract The focus of this paper is on governance, in particular on the linkage between investment in tourism and the environment in Vembanad Lake, an official site of the International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Tourism in houseboats and in resorts around the lake has grown remarkably in the past two decades. The aim of this case study is to examine the environmental regulations and challenges of implementation with a focus on houseboat tourism in Vembanad Lake. The empirical investigations are conducted in two destinations located in different parts of the lake. Data from the Kerala State Pollution Control Board show that the lake is under severe environmental stress due to biological (sewage), chemical (pesticides) and physical (plastic) pollutants. The methodology involves analysis of secondary environmental data and semi-structured interviews with various stakeholders. The problem of environmental degradation due to tourism is linked to boat owners’ desire for short-term profit maximisation even though most of them are aware that the sustainability of the industry is linked to the environmental quality of the lake. Another problem is the lack of infrastructure.
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://www.wti.org/media/filer_public/5e/6c/5e6c2c ... aganis_narayanan.pdf First version (application/pdf)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wti:papers:711
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Papers from World Trade Institute Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Morven McLean ().