Environmental and Community Stability of a Mountain Destination: An Analysis of Residents’ Perception
Petrović, Marko D.
Vuković, Darko B.
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This study aims to explore the use of the social-ecological system (SES) in tourism of a mountain area. Authors examined residents’ perceptions of tourism impacts on four SES aspects: ecosystems, local knowledge, people and technology and property rights institutions. The aim is to ﬁnd area that will be a “common ground” for community and area that can be a source of conﬂict and will require additional work to solve the differences. Second objective was to examine residents’ perception towards future local development tourism policies (winter tourism, seasonality and environment and culture) and how those policies can affect natural, socio-economic and cultural aspects of mountain area. Residents’ perceptions of sustainable tourism development potential, perceivedtourismimpacts,analysisofcommunityattachmentandemploymentsectorofstakeholder were involved in this study. The authors applied the Q-methodology, as one SES-allied approach, in a small mountain community of Kopaonik, the Republ...ic of Serbia. The results revealed that residents’ agreement/disagreement is connected with two aspects: ecosystem and property rights andthatecosystemcanbesigniﬁcantlyinﬂuencedbyallthreedevelopmentpolicies. Findingssuggest that development of future natural conservation plans and new cultural attractions can have positive effects on all parts of social-ecological system. Some practical implications of those ﬁndings for tourism planning and development are also discussed.
Keywords:sustainable ecology / sustainable tourism / social-ecological system / residents’ perception / tourism impact / tourism policies / sustainability / mountain
Source:Sustainability, 2018, 10, 1, 70-
- Geography of Serbia (RS-47007)