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Why Do You Want to Know: Bakit?

Barbara Goldoftas

in The Green Tiger

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195135114
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195135114.003.0007
Why Do You Want to Know: Bakit?

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Until the 1990s, the province of Palawan was the final ecological frontier in the Philippines. Its relatively intact natural resources and unusually rich biodiversity made it the focus of attempts to create a model for sustainable development, particularly through the development of ecotourism. In the memorable coastal town El Nido in the 1990s, local officials were unable to get the political support they needed to provide strict enforcement of the marine protected area. Eventually, corruption and the influence of powerful economic and political interests determined the direction that ecotourism developed. This chapter looks at the political and economic roles of the sex industry in the Philippines. It also analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of ecotourism as a development strategy.

Keywords: ecological frontier; Palawan; sustainable development; rich biodiversity; development of ecotourism; El Nido

Chapter.  10656 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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