Cultural Sustainability and Protected Area Management: Emerging Local Issues from Isla Navarino, Chile

By Jennifer Carter, Pam Dyer and David Hollinsworth.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Declaration of protected area status in a region often accelerates tensions between biocultural preservation and the impacts of increased tourist visitation and access to particular sites. Local community concerns typically revolve around the rate and extent of tourism development, and how extant natural and cultural values are incorporated within planning processes. This paper presents case study research about emerging local issues faced by inhabitants of Isla Navarino, Chile, who face prospects of increased tourism on the island. Issues investigated include how natural and cultural values can be maintained and shared, and the needs of residents and nearby communities. The contemporary cultural diversity of Isla Navarino that has formed through historical and geographical processes presents additional challenges that require special consideration within inclusive, participative planning processes. Some specific recommendations that link people and landscapes are given.

Keywords: Protected Area Management

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.31-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.640MB).

Jennifer Carter

School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and social science, University of the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Jennifer Carter is a geographer specialising in environmental, cultural and rural geographies. She explores the nexus between humans and their environments, and is particularly experienced in working in cross-cultural settings. She has conducted extensive research with Indigenous people from different parts of Australia in environmental management, cultural heritage, land use planning and protected area planning. She has also worked with institutions and farmers in Zimbabwe and the South Pacific in ways that bring environmental and rural people’s issues together to build sustainable futures. Dr. Carter has worked in multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research partnerships, comprising staff from government and non- government organisations, the private sector, and academia. Dr.Carter also has interests in working with communities to explore their notions of place and how each place has a perspective and is a lifeworld for its inhabitants. Her other interests are those of native wildlife and conservation. Originally an ecologist, she has now expanded these interests to adapt to new theoretical debates and understandings about animal geographies and how to transcend the human-nature divide and help people engage more interactively with their natural environments.

Pam Dyer

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore, MAROOCHYDORE, Queensland, Australia

Professor Pam Dyer is currently working with others to expand her research interests in various aspects of tourism, including resident community perceptions and spatial planning. Other areas of research include sensitivity to cultural difference in tourism and impacts on the Australian Indigenous community, as well as exploring resident perceptions of the social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism and associated development on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Professor Dyer’s career has also included close links within active researchers within the local community, as well as nationally and internationally, which have resulted in various publications across areas of interest. These interests found her spending the first half of 2002 in Springfield Missouri where, in cooperation with Southwest Missouri State University, she investigated community stakeholders’ perspectives of environmental management issues in tourism at three major reservoirs in the western Ozarks region. Professor Dyer was also instrumental in introducing the Bachelor of Regional & Urban Planning to USC in 2004. She was a member of the Caloundra City Council Environmental Advisory Committee (1997 to 2006), and also involved in a Social Harmony Project with the EPA and other subsequent community working groups.

David Hollinsworth

University of the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

David Hollinsworth has over thirty years experience as an academic specialising in Indigenous Studies, and the study of Australian racism. He has published on issues such as health, education, community development, politics and cultural studies. His text, Race and Racism in Australia, is in its third edition and is the primary text book in this field. He was awarded the NSW Premier’s Youth History Prize for his book titled They Took The Children (2003). He is currently working on issues to do with the Stolen Generations (Indigenous child removal), anti-racism training, indigenous community engagement and planning. He is particularly interested in effective strategies for combating systemic racism.


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