Lessons learned: tourism and the Anthropocene

Joseph Martin Cheer

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Abstract

This chapter presents instructive lessons that characterize the experiences of local communities in developing adaptive capacities to environmental changes and disasters. It describes resilience building as being conditional upon the interconnectedness of stakeholders and the establishment of robust frameworks that enable rapid self-organization in the face of crises, and lesson-building in their aftermath. The question as to how tourism communities can respond to environmental change remains local, given that, whatever the repercussions are, it is they who encounter them firsthand. Maintaining robust human social networks is paramount, as is the ability of stakeholders to mobilize and self-organize from the bottom-up in crisis situations. The extent to which adaptive responses are effective also rests on the ability of stakeholders to mobilize and self-organize from the bottom-up in crisis situations. This is especially relevant where a diminished supply of essential ecosystems services has a widespread impact beyond smaller segments of the community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change
Subtitle of host publicationDefinitions and Frameworks
EditorsJoseph Cheer, Alan Lew
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter18
Pages305-312
Number of pages8
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315463971
ISBN (Print)9781138206793
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Tourism
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • Tourism
  • Resilience
  • Athropocene

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