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“Sin agua, sin vida” : an ethnography of community landscape perspectives La Fortuna, Costa Rica

by McKeon, Margaret Johnson

Abstract

This project is an analysis of local perspectives surrounding landscape and the management of natural resources in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica. La Fortuna is a product of the conservation system and the increase of a tourism-based economy in Costa Rica, where socioeconomic development is increasing with an environmental conscience. Understanding the values and perceptions of the local population can help nearby Arenal National Park and other conservation institutions help the local community and better manage natural resources. This analysis looks for patterns in the interview responses of local participants about their personal practices with natural resources, perceptions of Arenal National Park, and changes in the community since the National Parks’ establishment. Quantitative survey and qualitative quotes suggest that local people perceive their values of natural resources as different from the objectives of Arenal National Park. The local community is instead unified by environmental and economic solidarity, creating a unique perspective on their surrounding natural landscape. The park and community need more collaboration to strengthen their relationship and to better natural resource management in the area.

Note

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Includes bibliographical references.

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Document abstract is written in English and Spanish.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Document abstract is written in English and Spanish.

Copyright
Copyright restrictions apply.
Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:9550
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
44 pages : color illustrations, color maps
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Montano, Mario Gomez, Esteban
Department/Program
Anthropology
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
B.A.
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2014-05