Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 8: Public–private partnership framework for sustainable geopark development

Richard S. Aquino and John Paolo R. Rivera

Abstract

In the development of geoparks, the presence of aesthetically and scientifically important geosites should be complemented with effective management structures that involve key stakeholders and local communities. This chapter proposes a management framework based on public–private partnership (PPP) for sustainable geopark development. By investigating the case of Masungi Geoserve, a karst landscape geopark in the Philippines, we aim to illustrate how the public and private sectors collaborate in geopark development; and develop a framework to strengthen their partnership, particularly in developing countries. The proposed PPP framework fosters a more concerted effort of all stakeholders involved in geopark development. This chapter can be a useful reference for policy makers and tourism administrators who seek to adopt geotourism, and in the planning and management of geoparks in developing countries.

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