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Title: Sustainability and public access to nature: Contesting the right to roam
Author: Williams, Daniel R.
Source: Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 9(5): 361-371.
Description: This paper discusses the importance of cultural and institutional differences in rights of access to nature for sustainable tourism management. Drawing on the insights from the papers contained in this issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, this introduction highlights two overarching themes. The first is the ambiguous/problematic role of science in establishing sustainable capacities for tourism's settings. Not only does this science rely on problematic assumptions of stable ecosystems, the idea of a science of sustainability presumes cultural and institutional capacities to regulate use and access to the commons through political/administrative power that are not uniform in international comparison. The papers illustrate the limits and alternatives to regulatory strategies for achieving sustainability. Second, recognising the dominance of cultural and institutional factors in sustainable tourism management, the papers illustrate how global forces are changing the way public access to nature is conceived and ultimately managed.
Keywords: sustainability, public access, tourism management
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Williams, Daniel R. 2001. Sustainability and public access to nature: Contesting the right to roam. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 9(5): 361-371.
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