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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 93; doi:10.3390/su9010093

Mapping Interests by Stakeholders’ Subjectivities toward Ecotourism Resources: The Case of Seocheon-Gun, Korea

Bureau of Ecological Research, National Institute of Ecology, Seocheon, Choongnam 33657, Korea
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Received: 13 October 2016 / Revised: 30 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 January 2017 / Published: 11 January 2017
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Ecotourism spatial planning requires the balance of both development and conservation. Through environmental data analysis, many researchers have suggested spatial planning that falls between these two polarizing concepts. Nonetheless, ecotourism development has been criticized as inconsiderate of places that are precious to local residents. The purpose of this study is to map local stakeholders’ perspectives for collaborative planning based on interests regarding ecotourism. Q methodology was used to analyse interest in space and conduct mapping. Upon analysis of a Seocheon ecotourism site, four preference factors that focus on (i) large-scale ecotourism resources and facilities; (ii) mud-flat ecotour villages; (iii) inland agricultural ecotour villages; and (iv) traditional ecotour villages were identified. Additionally, there was a consensus to conserve the harbours and reservoirs actually used by residents. However, there were differing opinions about coastal region development, and thus design alternatives are required. These results are significant because they enable spatial planning by theme and consider the lives of local residents beyond spatial planning based on physical data. View Full-Text
Keywords: participation; GIS; Q methodology; interests mapping; ecotourism spatial planning participation; GIS; Q methodology; interests mapping; ecotourism spatial planning
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Lee, J.-H.; Kim, S.-H.; Kwon, H.-S. Mapping Interests by Stakeholders’ Subjectivities toward Ecotourism Resources: The Case of Seocheon-Gun, Korea. Sustainability 2017, 9, 93.

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