UCSB Wildlands Studies Thailand and China April 13-June 1 st  2005
The Program: Mountain Ecosystems of China and Thailand: The Borderland Project  <ul><li>24 days field studies and trekking...
“ Participants receive firsthand exposure to ongoing case studies in conservation, development, and cultural sustainability”
The Professor
The Classroom
The bus
The Chinese Academy of Sciences <ul><li>Xishuangbanna Tropical Garden/Research Station </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 10,000 t...
 
 
Thousand Lake Mountain  Eco-tourism
Eco-tourism: A divergence in ideas <ul><li>Ji Sha Village </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small, rural Tibetan Village </li></ul></u...
Thousand Lake Mountain  Eco-tourism <ul><li>Preserving forests </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting fragile alpine ecosystems </li...
Thousand Lake Mountain  Eco-tourism <ul><li>Who has the ability to run the place? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is going to bring ...
The big corporation <ul><li>A large corporation from Kunming has come in with an alternative approach </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
 
The 186 Mile Pilgrimage: Kawa Karpo
Kawa Karpo Pilgrimage <ul><li>One of the most important locations in the world with regards to bio-diversity </li></ul><ul...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://ucsd.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30020317&id=3311695
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pro’s <ul><li>Cost of program </li></ul><ul><li>Practical Field Work </li></ul><ul><li>Length and Time of program </li></u...
Con’s <ul><li>Poor Group dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>“American” way of traveling </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get a real feel fo...
Who its for: <ul><li>Someone who loves hiking and being outdoors </li></ul><ul><li>People interested in: </li></ul><ul><ul...
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  1. 1. UCSB Wildlands Studies Thailand and China April 13-June 1 st 2005
  2. 2. The Program: Mountain Ecosystems of China and Thailand: The Borderland Project <ul><li>24 days field studies and trekking in remote back country </li></ul><ul><li>10 days base-camped in areas of conservation significance </li></ul><ul><li>7 days In towns and cities </li></ul><ul><li>5 days overland travel </li></ul><ul><li>9/10 credits </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Participants receive firsthand exposure to ongoing case studies in conservation, development, and cultural sustainability”
  4. 4. The Professor
  5. 5. The Classroom
  6. 6. The bus
  7. 7. The Chinese Academy of Sciences <ul><li>Xishuangbanna Tropical Garden/Research Station </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 10,000 tropical plant species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ailao Mountain National Nature Reserve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity field work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigenous community festival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canopy walk </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Thousand Lake Mountain Eco-tourism
  9. 11. Eco-tourism: A divergence in ideas <ul><li>Ji Sha Village </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small, rural Tibetan Village </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recently made accessible by road </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A road to development? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The Center for Biodiversity conservation and Indigenous knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community based eco-tourism outfit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run and controlled by the village </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Thousand Lake Mountain Eco-tourism <ul><li>Preserving forests </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting fragile alpine ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Providing an alternative income for villagers </li></ul><ul><li>Giving the village control of its destiny </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But…… </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Thousand Lake Mountain Eco-tourism <ul><li>Who has the ability to run the place? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is going to bring the tourists in? </li></ul>
  12. 14. The big corporation <ul><li>A large corporation from Kunming has come in with an alternative approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a gondola to attract more people from the city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guarantee every household an annual income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In exchange, the citizens give up the rights to there village </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can not be involved in decision making processes, selling souvenirs, renting horses, guiding tourists, etc. etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 16. The 186 Mile Pilgrimage: Kawa Karpo
  14. 17. Kawa Karpo Pilgrimage <ul><li>One of the most important locations in the world with regards to bio-diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively unknown to outsiders </li></ul><ul><li>7 Climatic zones-from desert arid to high alpine </li></ul><ul><li>Crosses the Mekong, Salween, and Yangtze…..1 out of 10 people in the world use water from these rivers </li></ul>
  15. 25. http://ucsd.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30020317&id=3311695
  16. 37. Pro’s <ul><li>Cost of program </li></ul><ul><li>Practical Field Work </li></ul><ul><li>Length and Time of program </li></ul><ul><li>Get credits while being outside </li></ul><ul><li>Existing connections make the experience very unique </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting the most beautiful place on earth before its gone! </li></ul>
  17. 38. Con’s <ul><li>Poor Group dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>“American” way of traveling </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get a real feel for the culture </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing to the destruction of culture and environment (?) </li></ul>
  18. 39. Who its for: <ul><li>Someone who loves hiking and being outdoors </li></ul><ul><li>People interested in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigenous issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eco-tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Botany </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International Students </li></ul><ul><li>People nervous about their study abroad </li></ul>
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