Tourism Effects on the Environment

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Task 1

1. The programme I am enrolled in and the discipline or major Bachelor of Applied Science – Environmental Major

2. Broad topic which I have chosen to redefine
Tourism and the Environment

3. Questions and answers for redefining the topic

Q. What do I want to find out?
A. If tourism affects the environment.

Q. Will I focus on a particular country?
A. Yes, New Zealand.

Q. What will be the timeframe this information will be based on? A. I will just be looking at any current reported issues.

Q. What do I want to know about tourism in New Zealand?
A. How many tourists there are in general entering the country and if the environment is affected by such tourists.

Q. How will I find out how many tourists there are entering New Zealand? A. By gathering information mainly from internet tourism websites and government websites.

Q. How will I find out if there are any environment related issues? A. By gathering information and statistics from repositories linked to the environment in NZ.

Q. Do I need to know where tourists come from?
A. No, just a broader picture on numbers.

Q. What exactly do I want to know about the effects on the environment? A. What, if any, issues there are and if they are actually created by tourism.

Q. How will I define the connection of tourism effects and the environment? A. By looking at the reported current issues and facts, and the links between the various information sources.

Q. What do I hope to achieve from this process?
A. To determine if there are any actual facts related to environmental issues created by tourism in New Zealand, and to show how I gathered this information.

Q. When is this report due?
A. 23rd February 2011

Q. Who is this information aimed at?
A. It is aimed at visitors coming to New Zealand, to try and raise awareness of any current issues.

4. Seventy-Five Word redefined topic
I will write a 750 word report on Tourism and the Environment. This report will show information on tourism numbers in New Zealand, and any current Environmental issues. It will determine if tourism actually does have an effect on the New Zealand environment and what those issues are. This will focus on current data, and will be aimed at tourists entering New Zealand to raise their awareness. This will be due on 23rd February 2011.

Task 2
Reflective Commentary

Topic knowledge
My knowledge base I had at the start of this Assignment was at a level of awareness in that there are environmental issues in every country, and that there could be a possible link to tourism causing these issues. I was also aware that there were possible tourism and environment issues right here in New Zealand, but I did not know how the two were linked or what the issues were exactly. I did know that New Zealand was one of the most popular visitor locations in the world, and living in New Zealand I knew that efforts to improve the future of our environment is of high importance. We hear of environmental issues reported through the news every day, but the actual facts of causes and reasons are often misunderstood and can lead to general confusion.

Topic aspect and focus
I found choosing the aspect of the topic a little difficult at the start, mainly as there were a lot of topics I found personally interesting and was keen to pursue further. I have since changed the topic to what I started with due to struggling with defining the questions and feeling comfortable with the possible end result. Since changing the topic I have found creating questions easier and have been excited about finding out the actual results and opening the learning further.

I wanted to create questions that would give me a structure of the aspect of what I wanted to focus on, making sure that I actively sought out facts and information that might lead me to the right answers. I had limited knowledge of the possibility of any proven actual links between tourism and the...
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