Nature heritage making and tourism in Portugal: case studies from the Azores and the Peneda-Gerês National Park

Leading researcher: Luís Silva
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Natural resources | Natural heritage | Nature tourism | Azores | Peneda-Gerês


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/34229/2006
Starting date: 01-09-10

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Abstract

Following a three-years research fellowship on the making of historic heritage and tourism in the “Historic Villages of Portugal” network, this project tackles the making of natural heritage and tourism in the Azores and the Peneda-Gerês National Park. The project aims to study the conceptions and social uses of nature, as well as its processes of valorisation, commoditisation and tourist consumption. In line with the previous fellowship project, I will address the following topics: 1) the rural development policies underpinning the preservation and commoditisation of natural resources; 2) the specialists involved in the making of natural heritage, particularly biologists and environmentalists; 3) the local populations; 4) the commoditisation and consumption of nature through tourism; and 5) the impacts of these processes on the daily lives and the socioeconomic structure of the local populations. The comparison between these two contexts is particularly interesting because of the differences between them, both in terms of geographical location and tourism supply and demand. The Azores are an archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic and offer a nature tourism product that includes marine resources, such as whale-watching and contemplative diving, while the Peneda-Gerês National Park is part of mainland Portugal and offers a nature tourism product that includes mountain activities, such as nature sports, and the observation of wild goats and garrano horses. The study aims to contribute to knowledge formation on the social and economic transformations of rural areas in contemporary Portugal, as well as to the anthropological studies of tourism, heritage and the commoditisation of nature. The work will be developed in three years through fieldwork with direct observation, open interviews, and bibliographical and documentary research, especially on nature houses, hiking, mountaineering, landscape observation, contemplative diving and animal observation.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub6*Amélia Frazão MoreiraSupervisorproj296*Nature heritage making and tourism in Portugal: case studies from the Azores and the Peneda-Gerês National ParkPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub97*Luís SilvaResearch scholarproj296*Nature heritage making and tourism in Portugal: case studies from the Azores and the Peneda-Gerês National ParkPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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