The Intersections of Voluntourism, Conservation and Livelihoods: Strengthening Approaches to Conservation in Utila, Honduras

- Members of Team Honduras

  • Suzanne KentPhD., Special Assistant Professor, Colorado State University (CSU), Colorado (Team leader)
  • Luis Chévez ContrerasM.A., Scientific Station Coordinator, Iguana Research and Breeding Station, Utila, Honduras
  • Andrea AlbergoniMSc., Projects Coordinator, Kanahau Research and Conservation Facility, Utila, Honduras
  • Keri BrondoPhD., Chair/Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Arleen HillPhD., Associate Professor of Geography-Earth Sciences, University of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Cheryl Smarr-Foster, M.A. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, CSU, Colorado
  • Erin McCready, Undergraduate, Department of Anthropology, CSU, Colorado
Team Honduras

Project Summary

Team Honduras, comprised of Team Leader, Suzanne Kent, and six supporting team members will be working on the Honduran island of Utila to contribute to ongoing efforts to address environmental degradation and potential livelihood disruptions. In part due to the country’s emphasis on tourism development as a source of foreign revenue and relatively moderate land prices, the extremely fragile, small island of Utila has experienced rapid urbanization and deforestation. Team Honduras’ project seeks to develop action plans for Utilian conservation NGOs to strengthen voluntourism arrangements in ways that: (1) help ensure volunteer activities contribute to the conservation and sustainable development goals of the organizations, and (2) the plans are informed by an analysis of both the tensions and continuities between conservation and livelihoods on Utila. Collaborators include the Coral Reef Alliance, Kanahau Research and Conservation Facility, and the Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA), all located in Utila, Honduras.


Utila, Honduras