Next Article in Journal
Regression Model to Predict the Higher Heating Value of Poultry Waste from Proximate Analysis
Next Article in Special Issue
Implications of Land-Grabbing on the Ecological Balance of Brazil
Previous Article in Journal
The Potential Phosphorus Crisis: Resource Conservation and Possible Escape Technologies: A Review
Previous Article in Special Issue
Building Robust Housing Sector Policy Using the Ecological Footprint
Article Menu
Issue 2 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessFeature PaperArticle
Resources 2018, 7(2), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources7020038

Assessing the Ecological Footprint of Ecotourism Packages: A Methodological Proposition

1
Global Footprint Network, 18 Avenue Louis-Casai, 1219 Geneva, Switzerland
2
Global Footprint Network, 426 17th Street, Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
3
IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Calle Marie Curie 22, 29590 Malaga, Spain
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 2 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 16 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological Footprint Assessment for Resources Management)
Full-Text   |   PDF [1048 KB, uploaded 20 June 2018]   |  

Abstract

Tourism represents a key economic sector worldwide, constituting great leverage for local economic development but also putting noticeable environmental pressures on local natural resources. Ecotourism may be a viable alternative to mass tourism to minimize impacts on ecosystems, but it needs shared sustainability standards and monitoring tools to evaluate impacts. This paper presents a first methodological proposition to calculate the environmental impact of ecotourism packages through the use of an ad-hoc, customized version of the Ecological Footprint methodology. It follows a participatory, bottom-up approach to collecting input data for the four main services (Accommodation, Food & Drinks, Activity & Service, and Mobility & Transfer) provided to tourists through the use of surveys and stakeholders engagement. The outcome of our approach materializes in an excel-based ecotourism workbook capable of processing input data collected through surveys and returning Ecological Footprint values for specific ecotourism packages. Although applied to ecotourism in Mediterranean Protected Areas within the context of the DestiMED project, we believe that the methodology and approach presented here can constitute a blueprint and a benchmark for future studies dealing with the impact of ecotourism packages. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecotourism; protected areas; ecological footprint; tourism sustainability; resource consumption in tourism sector ecotourism; protected areas; ecological footprint; tourism sustainability; resource consumption in tourism sector
Figures

Graphical abstract

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Supplementary materials

SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Mancini, M.S.; Evans, M.; Iha, K.; Danelutti, C.; Galli, A. Assessing the Ecological Footprint of Ecotourism Packages: A Methodological Proposition. Resources 2018, 7, 38.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Resources EISSN 2079-9276 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top