Partnerships for Sustainable Futures: Community Planning for Ecotourism
This article aims to explore the sustainability goals of partnerships between tourism, protected-area managers, and communities. It examines partner satisfaction with sustainability outcomes, investigates if satisfaction accords with the importance ascribed to the outcomes, and analyses the characteristics of partnerships that contribute to realisation of outcomes. Partnerships between natural-area managers and the tourism industry have been suggested to contribute to sustainability in protected areas. This article explores how important sustainability outcomes of partnerships are to their members, how well they are realised and the features of partnerships leading to their achievement. In 21 case studies in Australia, interviews (n = 97) and surveys (n = 100) showed that of 14 sustainability outcomes, improved understanding of protected areas values and improved biodiversity conservation were the most important. Other highly ranked outcomes were greater respect for culture, heritage, and/or traditions; improved quality of environmental conditions; social benefits to local communities; and improved economic viability of the protected area. Scores for satisfaction with outcomes were, like those for importance, all high but were less than those for importance for the majority, with improvement in quality of environmental conditions showing the largest gap.
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