Rural tourism: crossroads between nature, socio-ecological decoupling and urban sprawl



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Arnaitz Schmitz, Cecilia and Santos, Luis and Herrero Jaúregui, Cristina and Díaz, Pablo and Díaz Pineda, Francisco and Schmitz García, María Fe (2018) Rural tourism: crossroads between nature, socio-ecological decoupling and urban sprawl. WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment, 227 . pp. 1-9. ISSN ESSN 1743-3541

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The development of cultural tourism has turned traditional rural landscapes, characterized by their great natural and cultural values, into focus of tourism attraction, causing important changes in the socioeconomic structure of the regions containing them. The enhancement of this tourism highlights the need to design and implement a sustainable management that guarantees the maintenance and conservation of the landscape and the economic development of local populations. This study, localised in the Lozoya Valley (Guadarrama Mountains, Central Spain), analyses the socio-ecological situation of its municipalities and visitors in two different times. The analysis of its temporal evolution has allowed us to notice a marked socio-ecological decoupling characterized by urban sprawl, loss of traditional landuses and practices and the rurality of local society. At the same time, a decrease is detected in the rural landscape valuation by visitors, increasing their preferences for naturalness. The conducted study is a novel contribution applicable to the conservative management of the landscape and the development of sustainable tourism for nature and society.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Conservative management; Landscape dynamics; Local socio-economy; Multivariate analysis; Rural tourism; Sustainable tourism; Typology of visitors
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Ecology
Medical sciences > Biology > Environment
ID Code:54911
Deposited On:05 Apr 2019 09:18
Last Modified:24 Apr 2019 11:26

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