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Call for Papers: Nordia Geographical Publications Yearbook 2018

2018-01-30

Theme Issue: Affirmative Political Ecology

The Geographical Society of Northern Finland and the Geography Research Unit at the University of Oulu are inviting contributors to the Nordia Geographical Publications Series 24th Yearbook coming out in late 2018.

In the midst of unprecedented ecological devastation and political-economic violence, there is no lack of bad news. “We” are globally in trouble, yet these troubles transpire unevenly in terms of geography, location and context. Now, more than ever, there is need to embrace the critically important role of political ecology as a field of research and activism for other realities and as an ensemble of “arts of living on a damaged planet” (Tsing et al. 2017). Striving towards the performance of other diverse possibilities (Roelvink et al. 2015), we want to make this Nordia Yearbook a space for thinking collectively about what affirmative political ecology is and what it could and should mean.

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Vol 46 No 2 (2017): Botswana tourism operators’ and policy makers’ perceptions and responses to the tourism-climate change nexus: vulnerabilities and adaptations to climate change in Maun and Tshabong areas

Climate is seen as one of the most important resources of a tourist destination and recently there has been increasing interest in the impacts of climate change on tourism. This study analyses the possible impacts of climate change on Botswana’s tourism industry as perceived by operators and policy makers with a view to identifying adaptation needs. Two ecologically distinct areas of Tshabong (Kgalagadi desert) and Maun (Okavango Delta wetlands) in Botswana were targeted as case studies. The results indicate that the tourism operators in both areas are not proactive in institutionalising adaptations against the potential impacts of climate change because they saw the consequences affecting their operations only in the future while policy makers decried limited information and uncertainty as constraints to appropriate responses to climate change. The study concludes that appropriate adaptation strategies need to be devised despite uncertainties and inadequate knowledge on the subject.          

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Published: 2017-10-04
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