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Title: The relationship between heritage, recreational quality and geomorphological vulnerability in the coastal zone: a case study of beach systems in the Canary Islands
Authors: Peña-Alonso, Carolina 
Hernández-Calvento, Luis 
Pérez-Chacón Espino, Emma 
Ariza Solé, Eduard
UNESCO Clasification: 250507 Geografía física
Keywords: Beaches
Heritage, et al
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: Ecological Indicators 
Abstract: The relationships between geomorphological vulnerability, recreational quality and heritage at beaches in the Canary Islands (Spain) are studied using three sets of indicators. Processes and their interactions are analysed at urban, semi-urban and natural beaches. Natural, cultural and landscape heritage acts as an attractor of recreational activity, which has intensified significantly on Canarian beaches in recent decades. Overcrowding has negatively impacted conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the beaches, and has increased human pressure, leading to an increase in geomorphological susceptibility. The resulting reduction in geomorphological resilience has had a negative impact on beach facilities. Despite this common pattern, the relationships between these processes have particularities associated with the different types of beach (urban, semi-urban and natural). In order to establish new priorities in coastal public policy, these beach diagnoses and indices should be discussed and debated by the different actors involved in beach management.
ISSN: 1470-160X
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.07.014
Source: Ecological Indicators[ISSN 1470-160X],v. 82, p. 420-432
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