Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Assessing Nature-Based Recreation to Support Urban Green Infrastructure Planning in Trento (Italy)
Previous Article in Journal
The Actors, Rules and Regulations Linked to Export Horticulture Production and Access to Land and Water as Common Pool Resources in Laikipia County, Northwest Mount Kenya
Previous Article in Special Issue
A Differentiated Spatial Assessment of Urban Ecosystem Services Based on Land Use Data in Halle, Germany
Article Menu
Issue 3 (September) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Land 2018, 7(3), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/land7030111

The Role of Tourism in the Ecosystem Services Framework

Department of Geography, University of Girona, 17004 Girona, Spain
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 12 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 18 September 2018
Full-Text   |   PDF [930 KB, uploaded 18 September 2018]   |  

Abstract

The Ecosystem Services Framework (ESF) is a powerful tool for understanding the relationship between nature and society, and tourism is an important expression of this. However, the scientific literature focusing on the relationship between tourism and the ESF is limited. Hence, there is a need to bring the tourism research community and the ESF together, not only as a cultural service but as an economic sector that consumes natural resources. This paper aims to do this by analyzing discourse on tourism in institutional reports produced by the ESF. Additionally, how the tourism research community has approached the ESF is analyzed by reviewing the literature that has used it and literature addressing nature-based tourism. The results suggest a “schizophrenic” approach to tourism, which is defined as either a cultural ES (nonmaterial) or as a nature-based industry (consumptive). Moreover, a disconnect has been found between tourism research and the ESF. The tourism research community may not feel comfortable with the inaccurate definition of tourism in the ESF and may prefer to use freer terms. However, the aforementioned community should integrate the ESF within their studies on natural resources. At the same time, the ESF should be more accurate in using tourism-related concepts. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services; ecotourism; nature-based tourism; tourism bubble; tourism journals ecosystem services; ecotourism; nature-based tourism; tourism bubble; tourism journals
Figures

Figure 1

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).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Pueyo-Ros, J. The Role of Tourism in the Ecosystem Services Framework. Land 2018, 7, 111.

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]
Land EISSN 2073-445X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top