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Nature Conservation versus Scenic Quality: A GIS Approach towards Optimized Tourist Tracks in a Protected Area of Northwest Yunnan, China
YANG Ming-yu; VAN COILLIE Frieke; HENS Luc; DE WULF Robert; OU Xiao-kun; ZHANG Zhi-ming
Corresponding AuthorYANG Ming-yu
2014-02
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
Volume11Issue:1Pages:142-155
AbstractDevelopment of appropriate tourism infrastructure is important for protected areas that allow public access for tourism use. This is meant to avoid or minimize unfavourable impacts on natural resources through guiding tourists for proper use. In this paper, a GIS-based method, the least-cost path (LCP) modelling, is explored for planning tourist tracks in a World Heritage site in Northwest Yunnan (China), where tourism is increasing rapidly while appropriate infrastructure is almost absent. The modelling process contains three steps: 1) selection of evaluation criteria (physical, biological and landscape scenic) that are relevant to track decision; 2) translation of evluation criteria into spatially explicit cost surfaces with GIS, and 3) use of Dijkstra’s algorithm to determine the least-cost tracks. Four tracks that link main entrances and scenic spots of the study area are proposed after optimizing all evaluation criteria. These tracks feature low-environmental impacts and high landscape qualities, which represent a reasonable solution to balance tourist use and nature conservation in the study area. In addtion, the study proves that the LCP modelling can not only offer a structured framwork for track planning but also allow for different stakeholders to participate in the planning process. It therefore enhances the effectivenss of tourism planning and managemnt in protected areas.
KeywordTourist Track Spatial Optimisation Nature Conservation Landscape Scenic Quality Protected Area
Indexed BySCI
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/6780
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2014_Vol11 No.1
Corresponding AuthorYANG Ming-yu
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YANG Ming-yu,VAN COILLIE Frieke,HENS Luc,et al. Nature Conservation versus Scenic Quality: A GIS Approach towards Optimized Tourist Tracks in a Protected Area of Northwest Yunnan, China[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2014,11(1):142-155.
APA YANG Ming-yu,VAN COILLIE Frieke,HENS Luc,DE WULF Robert,OU Xiao-kun,&ZHANG Zhi-ming.(2014).Nature Conservation versus Scenic Quality: A GIS Approach towards Optimized Tourist Tracks in a Protected Area of Northwest Yunnan, China.Journal of Mountain Science,11(1),142-155.
MLA YANG Ming-yu,et al."Nature Conservation versus Scenic Quality: A GIS Approach towards Optimized Tourist Tracks in a Protected Area of Northwest Yunnan, China".Journal of Mountain Science 11.1(2014):142-155.
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