Tourists’ Perspectives of Marine Ecosystem Services as the First Stage of Participatory Modeling in the South Coast of Sao Paulo

Authors

  • Iuri Amazonas Universidade de São Paulo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9691-7734
  • Bruno Meirelles de Oliveira Universidade de São Paulo
  • Pablo Belosevich Sosa Universidade de São Paulo
  • Caroline Cichoski Universidade de São Paulo
  • Alexander Turra Universidade de São Paulo
  • Milton Kampel Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais
  • Pedro Roberto Jacobi Universidade de São Paulo
  • Paulo de Almeida Sinisgalli Universidade de São Paulo

Abstract

Although the tourism sector is tightly connected to environmental issues, it is one of the least prepared to deal with changes in environmental conditions, especially with climate changes. Monitoring environmental quality in consolidated coastal destinations becomes fundamental to face the complexity involving marine and coastal ecosystems and tourist afflux. The assessment of stakeholders’ perspective of the benefits these ecosystems provide can be a first step towards the use of modeling approaches to assist coastal planning. As part of a modeling process, this work explores tourists’ perspective of marine ecosystem services, conditions considered in destination choice, and their reaction to changes in seawater quality through a semi structured survey at the municipality of Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The results show that the most perceived ecosystem services are cultural (recreational and aesthetic) and provision (fishery). Also, they identified water quality as the most important aspect of beach selection, which was considered a factor of destination choice. In addition, sewage and solid waste were the most significant factors perceived as responsible for altering seawater quality. The results reinforce the potential of including tourists’ point of view to subsidize the design of socio-ecological modeling approaches.

Keywords: Marine Ecosystem Services; Mental Models; Coastal Planning; Tourism Demand; Brazil.  

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Author Biographies

Iuri Amazonas, Universidade de São Paulo

PhD of Environmental Science/USP (2019). Master in Environment and Development/UFPB (2014). Degree in Tourism/UFPB (2008). Research coordinator at Hakili Community for Sustainable Development. CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5826618280062011 [ iuriamazonas@gmail.com ]

Bruno Meirelles de Oliveira, Universidade de São Paulo

Bruno Meirelles, PhD of Environmental Science/USP (2020). Master in Environment Science/USP (2016). Degree in Biology/USP (2010) CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8050433813858734 [ bruno.meirelles@usp.br ]

Pablo Belosevich Sosa, Universidade de São Paulo

Pablo Belosevich, PhD candidate of Environmental Science/USP. Master in Environment Science/USP (2018). Degree in Environmental Management/USP (2004) CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7324746974187472 [ pablo.gestaoambiental@gmail.com ]

Caroline Cichoski, Universidade de São Paulo

Caroline Cichoski, PhD of Environmental Science/USP (2019). Master in Environment Science/USP (2013). Degree in Environmental Management/USP (2008) CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/3232777097388073 [ carolinecichoski@usp.br ]

Alexander Turra, Universidade de São Paulo

Alexander Turra, PhD of Biology/UNICAMP (2003). Master in Biology/UNICAMP (1998). Degree in Biology/UNICAMP (2008) Professor and full-time researcher at Oceanographic Institute IO/USP CV:http://lattes.cnpq.br/9028595280598723 [ turra@usp.br ]

Milton Kampel, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

Milton Kampel, PhD of Oceanography/USP (2003). Master in Remote sensing/INPE (1993). Degree in Oceanography/UERJ (1998) Professor and full-time researcher at INPE CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0063119667740811 [ mkampel2010@gmail.com ]

Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Universidade de São Paulo

Pedro Roberto Jacobi, PhD of Sociology/USP (1986). Master in Design/Harvard University (1976). Degree in Social Science/USP (1973) Degree in Economy/USP (1972) Professor and full-time researcher at Institute of Energy and Environment IEE/USP. CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6799067928413168 [ prjacobi@gmail.com ]

Paulo de Almeida Sinisgalli, Universidade de São Paulo

Paulo Almeida Sinisgalli, PhD of Applied Economy/USP (2005). Master in Environmental Science (1997). Degree in Civil and Sanitary Engineering/IMT (1984). Professor and full-time researcher at FFLCH/USP. CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1758254967187398 [ psinisgalli@usp.br ]

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Published

2021-05-12

How to Cite

Amazonas, I., Meirelles de Oliveira, B. ., Belosevich Sosa, P. ., Cichoski, C. ., Turra, A. ., Kampel, M. ., Roberto Jacobi, P., & de Almeida Sinisgalli, P. . (2021). Tourists’ Perspectives of Marine Ecosystem Services as the First Stage of Participatory Modeling in the South Coast of Sao Paulo. Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos - ABET, 11. Retrieved from https://periodicos.ufjf.br/index.php/abet/article/view/29974