Planning ecotourism routes in nature parks

Eva Barrena, Gilbert Laporte, Francisco A. Ortega, Miguel A. Pozo

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The main objective of the Nature Parks is to preserve the diversity and integrity of biotic communities for present and future use. Additionally, the Nature Parks can contribute to the invigoration of the sustainable development and culture heritage of its neighboring regions, as well as to the strengthening of the environmental education for visitors by means of direct experiences. From this double point of view, ecotourism is gaining acceptance as a tool for sustainable development since the income of visitors to protected areas can contribute significantly to support the economy of these areas and of the rural communities. This article proposes different methodologies for determining efficient routes of ecotourism where the main objective is the maximization of the cultural transmission experienced by the visitors along the path traveled. The models are formulated by using integer linear programming and its potential applicability is illustrated in the context of the Doñana National Park, Spain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEMA SIMAI Springer Series
EditorsF. Ortegón Gallego, M. Redondo Neble, J. Rodríguez Galván
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319320137
ISBN (Print)9783319320120
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameSEMA SIMAI Springer Series
ISSN (Print)2199-3041
ISSN (Electronic)2199-305X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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