Sustainable Tourism in the Coastal Zone (revamped and delivered in the 2020/2021 Academic Year) and Disaster Risk and Resilience in Caribbean Tourism (new) are the two courses presented by The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), as part of the STOREM project.
Both courses have been approved and will be offered under the MSc in Natural Resource and Environmental Management Programme. The revamped course, Sustainable Tourism in the Coastal Zone, is taught in the Tropical Coastal and Marine Resource Management specialisation stream. While the new course, Disaster Risk and Resilience in Caribbean Tourism, will be offered as an alternate substitution for the revamped course within the Tropical Coastal and Marine Resource Management stream and a substitution for another course in the Climate Change specialisation stream. Disaster Risk and Resilience in Caribbean Tourism will be offered in Semester II of the 2021/2022 Academic Year, and is open to individuals who have an interest in, or work in, the tourism sector, as well as those with an interest in coastal management and disaster risk reduction.
Sustainable Tourism in the Coastal Zone
This course is taught by Dr. Janice Cumberbatch, and focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented by the diversity of tourism activities that occur in the coastal zone. The goal is to provide students with information and expose them to resources and experiences through which they will develop analytical and practical skills for the efficient management of coastal resources as part of the tourism product. Key topics explored, amongst others, include environmental quality and sustainable tourism, the blue and green economies, and climate change.
Disaster Risk and Resilience in Caribbean Tourism
The lecturers for the new course are Dr. Janice Cumberbatch and Catrina Hinds. Given the vulnerable nature of the tourism sector, which the Caribbean is heavily dependent upon, this course will develop students’ understanding of the dynamic relationship between tourism and hazards. They will learn about the various hazards faced by the Caribbean tourism sector and be able to apply disaster risk reduction principles and strategies to support the resilience of the sector. Examples of topics that will be covered include hazard typologies, risk assessment, gender mainstreaming, risk perception and travel decisions, and the linkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and the sustainable development agenda.
Learn more about the MSc in Natural Resource and Environmental Management and these courses here: https://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/cermes/gp/nrm.aspx