The use of GIS in tourism planning strategies for Mongolia: the case of Khövsgöl National Park

Fielding, L.C., 1999. The use of GIS in tourism planning strategies for Mongolia: the case of Khövsgöl National Park. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Khovsgol National Park is facing transitional impacts caused by policies designed to bring about the transition to a market economy and an increase in tourism to the region (where non-locals have been employed and the UN Biodiversity project perceive changes in the wildlife distribution within the Park boundaries). Each of these has also had a significant economic influence upon the local people. The Park supports a semi-nomadic pastoralist culture where local people move with their animals to different grazing areas each season. Over a number of years these movements may cover substantially the same area, although they depend largely upon the structure of the family unit and the climate.

In addition to these influences, Khovsgol is constrained by its designation as a Protected Area, which prevents certain types of industrial development from taking place. To address this and to increase the stability of the economy of the region, tourism has been identified as a potentially lucrative industry, with a focus upon "ecotourism" - seen as being environmentally friendly and non-polluting by the National Park Administration.

A management plan has now been drawn up by the local National Park management officials and the UN Biodiversity project (McCusker & Tomorsukh, 1996). The plan outlines the current status of natural resources in the Park and suggests areas of focus for management with an appropriate timescale. This research will address these needs by collating environmental, social and tourism data about the National Park for the purpose of a Geographical Information System (GIS). This will provide the basis for decisions to be made upon the environmental effects of tourism development and other activities. The database may highlight certain spatial regions or development problems and thus contribute to the construction of long and short-term objectives. As a tool for management, its role in the efficiency of the overall development strategy will also be under consideration.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Fielding, L.C.
Date: 1999
ISBN: 9781369325362
Divisions: Professional Services > Libraries and Learning Resources
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Jun 2021 11:22
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2023 14:42

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