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, Volume 39, Issue 5–6, pp 451–453 | Cite as

Shengtai Anquan: Managing Tourism and Environment in China’s Forest Parks

  • Chao-Hui Wang
  • Ralf Buckley
Synopsis

Protected area management agencies worldwide face a continuing dilemma over the role of tourism and recreation (Buckley 2009; Schmitt et al. 2009). Most parks face external threats from invasive species, illegal use, fire, and pollution. Parks agencies need funds to manage these threats, and governments require them to raise part of their revenue from visitors, who also create impacts. Parks agencies, therefore, balance internal threats from increased recreation, against its role in contributing funds and political capital to counter external threats. Recreation can include commercial tourism operations, and in some public lands this may include large-scale fixed-site facilities, such as ski resorts on US Forests Service land (Buckley 2009a, b).

In recent years, large-scale tourism operations have been developed in many public Forest Parks in China. The political and demographic pressures for this, the environmental impacts it produces, and the approaches used to manage it, have some...

Keywords

Tourism Development Ecological Security Forest Park Tourism Operation Protect Area Management 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

This article was written while WCH was a Visiting Fellow at ICER, funded by the China Scholarship Council. RB’s visit to China in 2009 was funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Centre for Ecotourism ResearchGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.Hunan University of TechnologyZhuzhouChina
  3. 3.Research Centre for Forest RecreationCentral South University of Forestry and TechnologyChangshaChina

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