Tourism and Water in an Ancient-village: A Social-Ecological System Analysis

Authors: Ji Juan*,
Topics: Sustainability Science
Keywords: water; tourism; social-ecological system; ancient village
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Marshall North, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Water is essential to maintain life and shape culture of mankind. The function and effect of water have been enriched in tourism context and perform very differently among different tourism stakeholders. It’s beneficial to improve people’s water protection awareness by understanding different tourism stakeholders’ construction and cognition of destinations' water. Taking XiDi ancient village as an example, this study used observation method and semi-structured interview method to collect data from different stakeholders. This paper mainly analyzed the influence of Human social interaction and relations to water ecosystem by the method of Social-Ecological System(SEM) analysis. The study found that stakeholders’ different construction and cognition of water determine their “water use behavior” and have different impacts on destinations' water ecosystem. The conflicts caused by the inequality rights and interests of water among stakeholders are huge resistances to destinations' water protection. The conclusion is that there are two keys to maintain tourism destinations' water resource sustainable. The first one is to educate and coordinate different stakeholders have correct cognition of water. The other one is to guide each stakeholder to acquire the corresponding functional demand of water in an environmentally-friendly way. The contribution of this study is to expand the research perspective on water protect in tourist destinations by taking into account the impact of social interaction and relations among different stakeholders. This study also provides a new way of thinking destinations' water pollution and shortage and ensure to tourism destination water sustainable.

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