Community Perspective to Agricultural Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development

  • 1 Institute of Tourism, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100101, China;
    2 Beijing Union University, Beijing 100101, China;
    3 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2013-02-07

  Revised date: 2013-07-18

  Online published: 2013-09-28

Supported by

China National Natural Science Foundation(Grant No.41201580),the international project of "GEF-FAO/GIAHS dynamic conservationand adaptive management",and the Project of Construction of Innovative Teams and Teacher Career Development for Universities and Colleges underBeijing Municipality(IDHT20130513).


The rich biodiversity and cultural patterns of agricultural heritage sites are preserved unconsciously in the traditional way of life of local communities.They are also attractive resources for tourism development,which supports the conservation of agricultural heritage systems(AHS)while providing benefits for local communities.As a typical case study,a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System(GIAHS)site with a Rice-Fish-Duck agricultural system(RFDS)in Congjiang County of South West China is introduced to illustrate the community approach to agricultural heritage conservation and sustainable tourism development.The concept of a community approach to agricultural heritage is dynamic both in terms of conservation and livelihood adaptation.Six elements in the concept model and their relationship were analyzed.The community is the core element and the other five are:local community identity,livelihoods,local sustainable tourism development,the farming system,biodiversity and cultural patterns in the site.All are interconnected and thus support the agricultural heritage conservation of agricultural heritage and the development of sustainable tourism in the heritage sites.

Cite this article

SUN Yehong, WANG Jing, LIU Moucheng . Community Perspective to Agricultural Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development[J]. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2013 , 4(3) : 258 -266 . DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2013.03.009


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