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Mapping Potential Zones for Ecotourism Ecosystem Services as a Tool to Promote Landscape Resilience and Development in a Brazilian Municipality

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Department of Environmental Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos 13565-905, Brazil
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Department of Geography, Porto University, 4150-564 Porto, Portugal
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Department of Civil Engineering, Universidade Estadual Paulista at Ilha Solteira, Ilha Solteira 15385-000, Brazil
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Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10345; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410345
Received: 22 October 2020 / Revised: 27 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 11 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
In recent decades, with the increasing global need for sustainable development, ecotourism has emerged as one of the most efficient activities that can be used to reconcile economic development with environmental conservation. A growing interest in the ecotourism and ecosystem services provided by landscapes makes such services increasingly necessary within municipal planning processes. This study aims to construct a geoenvironmental model based on geographic information systems (GISs) to spatially identify areas with greater capacity to promote ecotourism, with a practical case study of the city of Brotas, Brazil. The model can produce an integrated analysis of landscape components using geoenvironmental, topographic, and urban data. As a result, four zones were classified according to their ecotourism potential, with 81% of the overall local territory showing great potential, which not only reinforces the territory’s resilience regarding sustainable development, but also demonstrates that ecotourism should be included in discussions related to environmental planning in Brotas, as well as in other municipalities that have ecotourism potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: landscape planning; GIS; ecotourism; ecosystem services; AHP; fuzzy inference; zoning landscape planning; GIS; ecotourism; ecosystem services; AHP; fuzzy inference; zoning
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Roque Guerrero, J.V.; Teixeira Gomes, A.A.; de Lollo, J.A.; Moschini, L.E. Mapping Potential Zones for Ecotourism Ecosystem Services as a Tool to Promote Landscape Resilience and Development in a Brazilian Municipality. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10345. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410345

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Roque Guerrero JV, Teixeira Gomes AA, de Lollo JA, Moschini LE. Mapping Potential Zones for Ecotourism Ecosystem Services as a Tool to Promote Landscape Resilience and Development in a Brazilian Municipality. Sustainability. 2020; 12(24):10345. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410345

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Roque Guerrero, João Vitor, António Alberto Teixeira Gomes, José Augusto de Lollo, and Luiz Eduardo Moschini. 2020. "Mapping Potential Zones for Ecotourism Ecosystem Services as a Tool to Promote Landscape Resilience and Development in a Brazilian Municipality" Sustainability 12, no. 24: 10345. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410345

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