Conservation & Exploitation. Governance and Sustainability Issues in Lijiang Cases
6 Pages Posted: 26 May 2011
Date Written: December 30, 2010
This paper is based on a field research on the management of Unesco “World Heritage” sites in China (Wang & Zan, 2010). The aim was investigating the impacts of getting listed for individual Chinese sites: what the changes on professional aspects; in term of visitors; in economic terms; and more in general in terms of ‘pros/cons’. In most cases, the lack of information disclosure is a finding in itself: despite Unesco procedures and the effort they require at the initial step, very rarely any routine of providing similar information is provided after getting listed on the World Heritage list. Even getting data on visitors – not to say income and expenditures – is a serious problem. Interesting data emerged however on institutional settings and their consequences in terms of preservation and exploitation. In this paper we have selected Lijiang as an example of the dilemma facing the heritage sector in the developing countries.
Keywords: Heritage management, China, exploitation, tourism
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