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Multi-Stakeholder Involvement Mechanism in Tourism Management for Maintaining Terraced Landscape in Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS) Sites: A Case Study of Dazhai Village in Longji Terraces, China

by 1,†, 2,† and 2,*
1
College of Humanities and Social Development, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210095, China
2
Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, No. 12 Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100081, China
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These authors have an equal contribution to this article.
Academic Editor: Bas Louman
Land 2021, 10(11), 1146; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10111146
Received: 15 September 2021 / Revised: 24 October 2021 / Accepted: 25 October 2021 / Published: 28 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilient Landscapes for Sustainable Trade and Development)
Terraced tourism sustainability depends on maintenance for terraced landscape. The effective measures for protecting terraces rest on the cooperation among multi-stakeholders. Therefore, a multi-stakeholder involvement mechanism (MSIM) is very important for terraced landscape conservation. Dazhai village in Longji Terraces, Guangxi Province, Southwest China, explored a MSIM to maintain terraced tourism sustainability in the past 20 years. Based on the statistical data and the data from household interviews, this study analyses the development history of Dazhai tourism. Comparing the changes in different stages in components of MSIM of Dazhai, we revealed the successful key factors of MSIM for maintaining terraces tourism sustainability includes identifying accurately core attractions and stakeholders, an effective communication strategy, a democratic decision-making mechanism, dynamic benefit distribution schemes (BDS) facing terraced conservation, coordination teams with foresight and selflessness, and the effective supervision and management. In the end, we conclude that economic income is the most important driver stimulating villagers in Dazhai to insist on growing rice. It is crucial factor to drive farmers to protect their terraces. but economic income improvement of the households depends on a systemic and dynamic MSIM. The most important causes for Dazhai MSIM success results from the wise coordination teams and the effective communication strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: terraces; tourism; agricultural heritages; multi-stakeholder; agricultural landscape; Longji terraces; tourism; agricultural heritages; multi-stakeholder; agricultural landscape; Longji
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Zhu, G.; Li, X.; Zhang, Y. Multi-Stakeholder Involvement Mechanism in Tourism Management for Maintaining Terraced Landscape in Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS) Sites: A Case Study of Dazhai Village in Longji Terraces, China. Land 2021, 10, 1146. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10111146

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Zhu G, Li X, Zhang Y. Multi-Stakeholder Involvement Mechanism in Tourism Management for Maintaining Terraced Landscape in Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS) Sites: A Case Study of Dazhai Village in Longji Terraces, China. Land. 2021; 10(11):1146. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10111146

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Zhu, Guannan, Xiande Li, and Yongxun Zhang. 2021. "Multi-Stakeholder Involvement Mechanism in Tourism Management for Maintaining Terraced Landscape in Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS) Sites: A Case Study of Dazhai Village in Longji Terraces, China" Land 10, no. 11: 1146. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10111146

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