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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B52/S20.105

THE USAGE OF LOCAL AND INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF GEOTOURISM DESTINATIONS

M. Paskova , R. K. Dowling
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-18-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 2, 805-812 pp

ABSTRACT
The contribution deals with the importance of knowledge, skills and traditional
lifestyles of local and indigenous peoples for the management of geotourism
destinations, ie. destinations with distinctive, scenically attractive and scientifically
valuable landscapes. For example, these may include geoparks, protected areas o
UNESCO World Heritage sites. It focuses on the analysis of the level and form of usage or at least the respect for this know-how passed from generation to generation and for other elements of collective memory of these destinations. The authors presume that the quantitative and qualitative level of usage of this traditional know-how in geotourism destination management correlates positively with the long-standing sustainability of these environmentally sensitive destinations. Secondary data (eg. geoparks’ annual and revalidation reports) as well as primary data (brief questionnaire) were used to verify this hypothesis.

Keywords: indigenous knowledge, indigenous peoples, geoparks, geotourism,
sustainability