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 CUS  Vol.5 No.3 , September 2017
Adverse Environmental Effects of Tourism on Communities in the Ecuadorian Highlands Region
Abstract: The objective of this study is to determine the adverse environmental effects of tourism activities on various heritage populations located in the sierra or Andean highlands region of Ecuador. The effects being studied have been classified into impacts on the physical, abiotic, biotic, socio-culture and economic environment. The automated method using RIAM (Rapid Impact Assessment Matrix) software was employed in this analysis, which required the preparation of a baseline study in the small communities evaluated. A social perception survey was conducted of local residents regarding tourism, assisted by International University of Ecuador students fulfilling practical coursework requirements. Based on the conclusions of the case studies, some strategic proposals and recommendations were developed that can be incorporated into sustainable tourism management plans in communities with natural and cultural heritage values.
Cite this paper: Ruiz, L. (2017) Adverse Environmental Effects of Tourism on Communities in the Ecuadorian Highlands Region. Current Urban Studies, 5, 348-355. doi: 10.4236/cus.2017.53019.
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