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Local Effects of Ecotourism: A Case Study of the Nono-Mindo Road in Ecuador
AGM of the AAG (2007)
  • Mark R. Welford, Georgia Southern University
Since the early 1980s, money has flowed into the Nono-Mindo-Tandayapa region of northwestern Ecuador, largely through a rapid expansion of bird-related ecotourism. Recently, several informal and formal alliances have developed among residents and ecolodge owners within the area, intent on confronting two national economic development projects: (1) the recent construction of the Trans-Andean oil pipeline following Nono-Mindo road from the top of the Tandayapa Valley to Mindo; and (2) the on-going attempt by the City of Quito to extend its eminent domain to include the Tandayapa Valley, where it has proposed to build up to seven dams to gain more drinking water. These projects threaten not only the local bird populations but also the lifestyles and livelihoods of residents and ecolodge owners in the area. Utilizing interviews with NGO representatives, ecolodge managers, and many employees, as well as ten years worth of oral history interviews with local and expatriate residents, this paper examines shifting power relations, employment strategies, and land use practices in the Nono-Mindo and Tandayapa Valley region, while also linking these changes to national and global transformations.
  • Ecotourism,
  • Ecuador
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Mark R. Welford. "Local Effects of Ecotourism: A Case Study of the Nono-Mindo Road in Ecuador" AGM of the AAG. San Francisco, CA. Jan. 2007.