Application of social carrying capacity to sustainable environment planning: A case study of coastal community in Taiwan

Siu Lai Lei, Heng Zhang

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Abstract

Community development must aptly meet social needs in order to be sustainable. One such need, the psychological well-being of residents, is closely tied to the environmental quality of the community. In developing tourism, communities face the issue of impact on their environmental quality by influxes of visitors. Social carrying capacity is an important tool used in the environmental management of tourism areas to ensure the recreational quality. It is often assessed by visitors' perception of crowding. Despite residents' views being critical because their lives are directed impacted by the development of their community, no study has been conducted on residents' crowding perception of their living environment. The characteristic of the environment is a key factor influencing crowding perception in addition to the use level. This study thus aims to examine residents' crowding perception in reaction to various environmental characteristics in the community. ANOVA results indicate environmental characteristics carry a significant effect: at the same use level, natural and historical scenes were perceived to be more crowded than a recreational one. The findings help planners to better zone a community into multiple use areas based on residents' crowding perception. In doing so, they can effectively minimize negative psychological impact on the residents, thereby protecting the environmental quality of a community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers of Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering
Pages1925-1928
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 1
Event2011 International Conference on Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering, GBMCE 2011 - Shangri-La, China
Duration: 2011 Aug 222011 Aug 23

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
Volume71-78
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482

Other

Other2011 International Conference on Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering, GBMCE 2011
CountryChina
CityShangri-La
Period11-08-2211-08-23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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