Strengthening governance processes to improve benefit-sharing from tourism in protected areas by using stakeholder analysis

Jasper Heslinga*, Peter Groote, Frank Vanclay

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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In tourism, the concept of “benefit-sharing” refers to the idea that the benefits arising from tourism should be distributed across a wide range of stakeholders. We argue that the development of synergetic interactions between stakeholders involved in governance processes is a prerequisite for effective benefit-sharing from tourism in protected areas. Our stakeholder analysis of the actors with an interest in the island of Terschelling in the northern Netherlands revealed how relationships between stakeholders enable and/or constrain the sharing of benefits from tourism. Our analysis helped to understand the governance arrangements pertaining to the management of tourism in protected areas. We ascertained that the national forest management agency (Staatsbosbeheer), a large landowner on the island, is highly influential, but nevertheless often found it difficult to gain local support for its activities. The local government was also an important stakeholder, but was considered to sometimes constrain the development of tourism and thus limit the potential for benefit-sharing. Effective communication, good collaboration with stakeholders, and an attitude of openness were identified as being important preconditions for developing synergistic interactions between stakeholders.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)773-787
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
Vroegere onlinedatum6-dec.-2017
StatusPublished - 3-jun.-2019

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