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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2379-2391; doi:10.3390/su6042379

A Sustainable Tourism Paradigm: Opportunities and Limits for Forest Landscape Planning

1,2,* and 2,†
School of Social Sciences, University of Trento, 26, via Verdi, Trento 38122, Italy
Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento, 5, via Inama, Trento 38122, Italy
This author contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 17 February 2014 / Revised: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 April 2014 / Published: 23 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reframing Sustainable Tourism)
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The promotion of sustainable tourism models has been widely debated; many pages have been devoted to the attempt to provide the subject with a strong theoretical base and coherent structure. This said, it is still the case that, although such frameworks are crucial for the development of appropriate planning and policy instruments, their actual implementation continue to be fraught with difficulties. These problems are exacerbated when sustainable tourism entails development opportunities which require the support of the local community and the management of natural resources which are typically common goods. Under these circumstances, new management structures, which can both satisfy the needs of the local community and ensure the appropriate stewardship of the natural resources, must be created. Management solutions are not always easy to define and often need to be considered within a general framework, based on which individual cases are then formulated. This study analyses the connections between models of sustainable tourism and natural resource management considering the forest landscape case. This relationship is first examined from a theoretical perspective and then within a case study, in order to highlight the dual approach—both general and within a specific context.
Keywords: sustainable tourism; natural resource management; forest landscape; local communities sustainable tourism; natural resource management; forest landscape; local communities
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Rizio, D.; Gios, G. A Sustainable Tourism Paradigm: Opportunities and Limits for Forest Landscape Planning. Sustainability 2014, 6, 2379-2391.

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