Planning for the future: mapping anticipated environmental and social impacts in a nascent tourism destination

Aswani, Shankar, Diedrich, Amy, and Currier, Kitty (2015) Planning for the future: mapping anticipated environmental and social impacts in a nascent tourism destination. Society and Natural Resources, 28 (7). pp. 703-719.

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Tourism is a significant driver of social and ecological change in developing countries, particularly in small-island states, which are susceptible to tourism impacts due to their particular social and environmental characteristics. In this article we present a participatory mapping approach to obtaining spatially explicit local perceptions of future environmental and social change resulting from tourism development, as well as addressing the different community conflicts that may arise through the introduction of tourism in the future in a Solomon Islands community. The results show that spatial conflicts within a community over territory and associated resources are likely to occur when designing natural resource management and tourism development plans. This knowledge can help us increase the future sustainability of tourism in nascent small-islands destinations, particularly in vulnerable regions such as Roviana, which have experienced very little tourism development and will likely experience more in the near future.

Item ID: 41858
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: environmental and social impacts, participatory mapping, protected areas, Solomon Islands, tourism
Funders: National Science Foundation (NSF), Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australian Government
Projects and Grants: NSF-CAREER-BCS-0238539
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 17:57
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
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