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The Green TigerThe Costs of Ecological Decline in the Philippines$
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Barbara Goldoftas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195135114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195135114.001.0001

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The Green Tiger

Barbara Goldoftas

Oxford University Press

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

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