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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1134; doi:10.3390/su9071134

Young Farmers’ Perceptions about Forest Management for Ecotourism as an Alternative for Development, in Puebla, Mexico

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Graduate Program, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Puebla 72410, Mexico
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Programa de Ingeniería Forestal, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia
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Facultad de Zootecnia y Ecología, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua 33820, Mexico
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Received: 16 April 2017 / Revised: 20 June 2017 / Accepted: 21 June 2017 / Published: 28 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rural Tourism, Rural Development and Rural Resilience)
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The incorporation of young farmers’ perceptions about ecotourism is important for decision-making. This was an exploratory and descriptive research project aimed at understanding young farmers’ views of a community-based ecotourism (CBE) project. Q methodology was used on a population of young adult farmers, of a small community in the state of Puebla. Three factors reflected their views: There was a group of people who wish to stay in Mexico to pursue the ecotourism project, but lack capabilities. A second group included young farmers who perceive ecotourism as a conservation project, but want to migrate to the United States. The third group was composed of people who envision ecotourism as a source of income for the community’s women. The analysis elicited an important inquiry in relation to environmental inter-generation: what kind of development are future generations pursuing? View Full-Text
Keywords: local communities; Q methodology; rural development; sustainability local communities; Q methodology; rural development; sustainability
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Mayett-Moreno, Y.; Villarraga-Flórez, L.F.; Rodríguez-Piñeros, S. Young Farmers’ Perceptions about Forest Management for Ecotourism as an Alternative for Development, in Puebla, Mexico. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1134.

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