TransTourism project press release (BMBF)

TransTourismus – Transdisziplinäre Wissenschaft für nachhaltigen Tourismus Nachhaltiger Naturtourismus verspricht, wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand mit Umweltschutz zu verbinden. Es gibt jedoch viele Fälle, in denen Naturtourismus zu negativen sozialen, ökologischen und wirtschaftlichen…

Drawing Workshops with School Children in Indonesia 

May 2023 

TransTourism, a research project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), works together with coastal tourism communities to address challenges of wastewater management towards sustainable tourism development. It includes three field sites, namely San Andres in Colombia, Gili Trawangan in Indonesia, and Zanzibar in Tanzania. Tourism is the main economic activity of these coastal islands, and marine ecosystems are important for their tourism activities.

Drawing workshops with children is an emerging method to understand perceptions of current condition and anticipated future of the marine environment for an important stakeholder group. The young generation has long been under-represented as stakeholders in research and management despite their high relevance to future and sustainable management of natural resources and tourism. Due to the geographical characteristics of these islands, children’s everyday life is mostly bounded to the island frequented with tourism activities. In other words, children share their leisure space with tourists. Thus, it is essential to include their perceptions as one type of information for decision-making. Drawing creates a fun environment for children to freely express their feelings and opinions. 

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