From my broad project topic, the economic and political impacts of climate change on the community, I have chosen to focus on the area of the topic, how has the increase in intensity and frequency of natural disasters due to climate change, affected the eco-tourism industry in Dominica.
At my digital humanities class , I was introduced to a five categories of research inquiry which will be utilized throughout this research project. Firstly, with definition, the meaning of certain terms can be argued. With definition arguments the way in which terms are defined are discussed whereby the classification of certain groups of items, individuals, and so forth, are outlined. In my research I intend to clearly outline the definition of the relevant terms, such as ‘eco-tourism’, by explaining what characterizes the country as an eco-tourism destination. Additionally, using cause and effect analysis, I intend to explore the causes of certain climate phenomena as well as their implications on the tourism product in Dominica. Added to this the level of value placed on these natural resources will be investigated along with the necessary actions which can be undertaken to minimize the negative effects of climate change on our tourism industry.
In order to achieve this goal of making our eco-tourism industry resilient to the effects of climate change, certain policies and actions have to be put in place. However, in order to ensure its effectiveness the relevant individuals and/or organizations have to initiate and ensure that these policies are kept. As a result, I will be investigating the jurisdiction in which the responsibility of undertaking such policies lies.
After taking these factors into consideration I have revised my initial questions to incorporate the types of research arguments. Some of my new questions include,’ what categorizes Dominica as an eco-tourism destination?’, ‘What are the benefits of eco-tourism to the island?’, ‘How does the topography of Dominica make it susceptible to the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters caused by climate change?’ As well as this I will research on questions such as ‘how many individuals are engaged in the tourism sector either directly or indirectly?’ , ‘what policies can be put in place to minimize the damage suffered by the tourism industry?, and ‘which organizations/ individuals are responsible for implementing these policies?’
Dominica promotes itself as a prime eco-tourism destination in the Caribbean and this sector contributes significantly to country’s economy. The tourism industry in Dominica provides jobs for numerous individuals within various communities such as craft making, taxi driving as well as those employed in the food establishment. Therefore, as climate change severely impacts the island of Dominica , it is of paramount importance that we educate ourselves on how it affects us and what tools we can arm ourselves with to combat this issue and secure the livelihoods of those employed in this sector. In order to complete this project I intend to use mapping software which will enable me to create a visual representation of Dominica identifying the tourist sites as well as a topographical map showing how the terrain of Dominica is linked to its vulnerability to natural disasters caused by climate change.