Methodology to Calculate Tourism Carrying Capacity as a Tool for Environmental Management and its Application on Five North Caribbean Colombian Beaches (in Spanish)

Gestion y Ambiente, Vol. 11, No. 3, December 2008

14 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2012 Last revised: 20 Mar 2012

See all articles by Camilo Mateo Botero

Camilo Mateo Botero

Universidad de la Costa

Yuri Hurtado

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jose Gonzalez Porto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mayle Ojeda

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Luz Diaz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 4, 2012

Abstract

This paper aims to present a new methodology to calculate carrying capacity in tourist beaches, further than merely environmental issues. Moreover, it seeks to understand beaches as complex systems towards its sustainable development. Five beaches in the North-Caribbean coast of Colombia were chosen and classified in four tourism beach sorts (intensive, conservation, shared and ethnic). The analysis was done with legal framework review, fieldwork and indicators design, within three components: environmental support, urban infrastructure and tourist services. A new model to calculate carrying capacity in tourist beaches was created, and later applied on the study beaches. Current conditions of the five beaches were highlighted, their tourist carrying capacity were calculated and more important actions in each component were recommended. The main conclusion foster to take in consideration natural conditions as a core factor in beach management, but including a holistic approach in making decision process. Also this paper showed the current conditions of Colombian beaches as a warning, giving recommendations in short and medium term.

Note: Downloadable document is is Spanish.

Keywords: carrying capacity, tourist beaches, environmental support, urban infrastructure, tourist services, Caribbean Sea, Colombia

JEL Classification: L83, N56, Q26

Suggested Citation

Botero, Camilo and Hurtado, Yuri and Gonzalez Porto, Jose and Ojeda, Mayle and Diaz, Luz, Methodology to Calculate Tourism Carrying Capacity as a Tool for Environmental Management and its Application on Five North Caribbean Colombian Beaches (in Spanish) (March 4, 2012). Gestion y Ambiente, Vol. 11, No. 3, December 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2015613

Camilo Botero (Contact Author)

Universidad de la Costa ( email )

Cra. 55 #58-66
Barranquilla, Atlántico
Colombia

Yuri Hurtado

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jose Gonzalez Porto

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Mayle Ojeda

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Luz Diaz

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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