These resources inform our collective understanding of the social, ecological, and economic issues present in coastal systems.

We are always learning and believe knowledge sharing is one step toward understanding sustainable development in the coastal zone.


Sites We Like:

National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations

Resilience Alliance

United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

The Census of Marine Life

Natural History Network

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Smithsonian Ocean Portal

 Seafood Watch

COSEE Ocean Learning Communities

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at The University of Washington

Our Partners:

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Washington SeaGrant & Pump Out Washington

EverGreen Escapes

P.U.R.E. Travel Collaborative

Books to Read:

Beatley, T. Planning for coastal resilience: best practices for calamitous times. Washington, D. C.:Island Press, 2009. Print.

Fennell, David A. Ecotourism. London: Routledge, 2008. Print.

Honey, Martha. Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? Washington, D.C.: Island, 2008. Print.

Orams, Mark. Marine Tourism: Development, Impacts and Management. London: Rutledge, 1999. Print.

Pielke, Roger A. The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Print.

Savitz, Andrew W., and Karl Weber. The Triple Bottom Line: How Today’s Best-run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success-and How You Can Too. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006. Print.

Papers to Read:

Adams, Alex W. “Planning for Cruise Ship Resilience: An Approach to Managing Cruise Ship Impacts in Haines, Alaska.” Coastal Management 38.6 (2010A): 654-64. Print.

Barney, Amanda J. “Geotourism Mapping as a Means to Maintain Destination Image and Promote Social Sustainability in the Communities of Fogo Island, Newfoundland.” European Journal of Tourism Hospitality and Recreation, (in press). Print.

Berkes, F., & Seixas, C. (2005). Building resilience in Lagoon socio-ecological systems: a local-level perspective. Ecosystems, 8, 967e974.

Gibbs, M. T. 2008. Resilience: What is it and what does it mean for policy makers? Marine Policy 33:322-331.

Green Economy in a Blue World. UNEP Synthesis Report. 2012

Kates, R.W., T.M. Parris, and A.A. Leiserowitz. 2005. What is Sustainable Development? Goals, Indicators, Values, and Practice. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 47(3): 8-21. Print.

Ruiz-Ballesteros, E. 2010. Social-ecological resilience and community-based tourism. Tourism Management, xxx:1-12

Hetzer, N. D. “Environment, Tourism, Culture.” Links (now Ecosphere) 1.3 (1965). Print.

Walker, B., Holling, C. S., Carpenter, S. R., Kinzig, A. 2004. Resilience, adaptability and transformability in social–ecological systems. Ecology and Society 9(2): 5. <>

Walker, B., Salt, D. 2006. Resilience thinking: sustaining ecosystems and people in a changing world. Island Press, Washington, DC, USA.


If you have suggestions for additional websites, books, or academic literature that shed light on the issues pertaining to coastal marine tourism and sustainable development, comment below and we will add your suggestions to the growing list of resources!



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