Loreto, Mexico: Challenges for a Sustainable Future
Edited by Paul Ganster, Oscar Arizpe C., and Vinod Sasidharan
Essays by leading researchers on the history, natural environment, society, tourism, & economy that Loreto faces for sustainable development. The threat of mass tourism is heightened by the specter of mining that compromise the view shed, pollute the land and water, and destroy the region as a sustainable tourism destination. Freshwater is scarce and poorly managed. Climate change will increase sea levels and cause flooding of urban areas, raise ambient temperatures, and reduce rain while increasing drought. Adaptive measures can offset these challenges but require community engagement and improved public admin at local, state, and federal levels.
Oscar Arizpe Covarrubias currently works at the Ecology of Coastal Sciences Lab. in Autonomous University of South of Baja California. Oscar does research in Ecology of Coastal Systems. Their current project is Vulnerability and sustainable development strategies on relevant areas of South of Baja California.
Paul Ganster is director of the Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias at San Diego State University. He is the author of numerous articles, chapters of books, and edited works related to border regions. Recent publications include The U.S.-Mexican Border Today: Conflict and Cooperation in Historical Perspective (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and with Kimberly Collins, “Binational Cooperation and Twinning: A View from the US–Mexican Border, San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California” (Journal of Borderlands Studies, 32:4, 2017). His ongoing research is on management of the binational Tijuana River Watershed, air quality at border crossings, crossborder collaboration, the binational problem of used tires, and sustainable tourism in the peninsula of Baja California.
Dr. Vinod Sasidharan is the Program Coordinator of the Recreation and Tourism Management Program at San Diego State University. His teaching interests include global tourism trends, sustainable tourism, geotourism, ecotourism, cultural tourism, grassroots tourism development, and cross-cultural analysis of tourism, and recreation behaviors. Currently, he teaches Recreational Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism Planning, and Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism.