Ecotourism on Easter Island: The Pursuit of the “Natural” and its Place in the Global Market
Carlson, Reid R.
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I do not believe that Easter Island is doomed to repeat history and collapse into ecological and cultural catastrophe as it did centuries ago. Though if it does not right its course now by following stringent guidelines of sustainable development, such as those presented in chapter four, and if it does not invest ample amounts of money in itself so as to preserve its heritage and biosphere, the island may fall. Through my personal experiences on the island I do believe that there are enough Rapanui with concern for these issues, who have taken the time to evaluate their present situation and relate it to that of their ancestors. Thus, while there is not consensus among the Rapanui population as to where to take the island in the future, I do believe that as long as Chile is willing to listen the Rapa Nui and respect their culture and their ideas concerning the island’s development and tourism industry, that Easter Island will not repeat its history, but will in fact prosper.