Start Date

7-1-2011 2:30 PM

End Date

7-1-2011 3:15 PM

Track

2. Track 2 - Poster Session

Subject Area

Travel and Tourism

Faculty Member

Dr. Daniel L. Spears- dspears@unt.edu

Abstract

This study proposes a novel approach to examine the applicability of resilience thinking and its framework to an emergent area of study there is currently little research available. The ability to examine the drivers and slow changing variables affecting the resilience of tourism in Costa Rica's Guayabo National Monument allows for the opportunity to recognize and work with changes in a complex system while taking advantage of emergent systems thinking from a socio-ecological perspective. Focus on the importance of drivers and thresholds affecting a protected area are further reviewed in order to analyze the resilience of protected area tourism from a socio-ecological systems approach.

Keywords

resilience thinking, protected area, tourism, socio-ecological systems, Costa Rica, perceptions

 
Jan 7th, 2:30 PM Jan 7th, 3:15 PM

Drivers and Thresholds for Protected Area Tourism in Costa Rica: Exploring a Socio-ecological Systems Approach

This study proposes a novel approach to examine the applicability of resilience thinking and its framework to an emergent area of study there is currently little research available. The ability to examine the drivers and slow changing variables affecting the resilience of tourism in Costa Rica's Guayabo National Monument allows for the opportunity to recognize and work with changes in a complex system while taking advantage of emergent systems thinking from a socio-ecological perspective. Focus on the importance of drivers and thresholds affecting a protected area are further reviewed in order to analyze the resilience of protected area tourism from a socio-ecological systems approach.