Operation Wallacea.docx - Examine the extent to which the case study \u2013 Operation Wallacea \u2013 fulfils the characteristics of research tourism as

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Examine the extent to which the case study – Operation Wallacea – fulfils the characteristics of research tourism as outlined in Figure 11.2. To what extent does the case study - the Wallacea action - fit the profile of research tourism? To answer this question, first let's look at the characteristics of research tourism.Characteristics of research tourism:– Characteristics of alternative tourism are present– Scientific teams or individual scientists are engaged in research pursuits– The fostering and active promotion of learning and education in relation to participants is evident. The facilities support and enhance the opportunities for learning and education.– Participants volunteer to participate, although this may or may not involve payment– The opportunity for participants to conduct their own research is available, with support fromthe scientific team or individual scientist.After we understand the characteristics of research tourism, we will understand this case: The Wallacea action.Operation Wallacea is a UK organization that runs a series of biological and social science expeditions that are used to underpin conservation aims. Operation Wallacea has been operating in South East Sulawesi since 1995. The key objective of the organization is for paying volunteers, primarily from universities, to provide the financial support for a team of worldwide university scientists to gather data, which will help in the identification of priority areas for conservation and in their subsequent management.Operation Wallacea is a profit-making company, although it has now set up the Operation Wallacea Trust which was launched in April 2000 at the British House of Commons. The Trust was established in order to support activities that could directly contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity in the Wallacea region of Eastern Indonesia. The idea behind the charity was to attract additional funding from the private sector and funding agencies, for the community development projects currently being run under the Operation Wallacea Project banner. The organization was instrumental in collecting the baseline data in order to set up the Wakotobi Marine National ParkOperation Wallacea has won two industry awards: Best Conservation Project 1998 in the SE Asian region from ASEANTA, and the British Airways Tomorrow Award for the best World Ecotourism Project in a National Park.The organization has a system of utilizing scientists from a range of UK, USA, Australian and Indonesian institutions. Whilst the research is used to achieve conservation aims, the scientists also see this as an opportunity to publish papers in academic journals, and due to the biodiversityof the area, scientists have found new species or sub species endemic to the area. The university-based scientists travel during their summer vacation, which may be taken as leave or research study time, although if the latter is the case, publications are a necessity rather than a luxury. It is
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