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Sustainability 2014, 6(10), 6781-6798;

Ecotourism Environmental Protection Measures and Their Effects on Protected Areas in China

Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, China Academy of Science, Beijing 100101, China
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Received: 15 July 2014 / Revised: 22 September 2014 / Accepted: 23 September 2014 / Published: 29 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Ecological and environmental protection is the core content of ecotourism development. A quantitative evaluation of the effects of ecotourism environmental protection (hereinafter referred to as EEP) measures on protected areas is conducive to a deeper understanding of the key issues related to ecotourism development in China, thus providing the theoretical basis for formulating the relevant national policies of sustainable ecotourism development in China. This paper first discusses the evaluation index system and then establishes an index evaluation model of EEP measures and their effects on protected areas. Using surveys of more than 1110 protected areas in 27 provinces (autonomous regions or municipalities), we evaluated the EEP measures and their effects from a quantitative and spatial perspective. The completeness of EEP measures for Chinese protected areas was moderately effective, and the implementation status of the protection measures varied with the protection region. The effectiveness of EEP measures in different provinces and regions showed significant differences. The effectiveness decreased from east to west. The evaluation index values of the environmental protection measures displayed a high correlation with the effects of environmental protection on protected areas. The ecological protection measures should be further improved and strengthened according to their regional differences during ecotourism development. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecotourism; protection area; environmental protection; China ecotourism; protection area; environmental protection; China

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Wang, L.-E.; Zhong, L.; Zhang, Y.; Zhou, B. Ecotourism Environmental Protection Measures and Their Effects on Protected Areas in China. Sustainability 2014, 6, 6781-6798.

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