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Title: Assessment of scenic, natural and cultural heritage for sustainable management of tourist beaches. A case study of Gran Canaria island (Spain)
Authors: Peña-Alonso, Carolina 
Pérez-Chacón Espino, Emma 
Hernández-Calvento, Luis 
Ariza Solé, Eduard
UNESCO Clasification: 2506 Geología
250501 Biogeografía
2510 Oceanografía
251010 Procesos litorales o sublitorales
Keywords: Beach management
Environmental conservation
Indicator system
Island environments, et al
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: Land Use Policy 
Abstract: In the last few decades, the recreational use of beaches and their surrounding areas has increased substantially, influencing the alteration and the loss of heritage elements. For beaches with year-round tourist activity, such as those located in the Canary Islands (Spain), it is especially important to evaluate heritage-based values and in this way contribute to their preservation and integration in local management policies. In this work, an indicator system (comprised of three partial indices: scenic, natural and cultural value) is developed, integrating scientific-technical procedures with narratives of different stakeholders (users, managers, academics, etc.) to assess the value of heritage-based assets in urban, semi-urban and natural beaches. The results obtained reflect a low cultural value and moderate-high scenic value for the three beach types and a high natural value for urban beaches, which is by contrast low in semi-urban beaches. Special importance is given to the need to integrate the heritage values that were identified in the management and planning of each beach.
ISSN: 0264-8377
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.12.030
Source: Land Use Policy [ISSN 0264-8377], v. 72, p. 35-45
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