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Water governance under the condition of seasonal overtourism in island destination. Borgholm, Sweden
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Demand for fresh water is increasing due to the growth of population, industries, agriculture, economies, changes in water use behavior and new trends in water-related activities and so many other reasons. Consequently, the water crisis is ranked as one of the top global risks of 2019. Tourism is one sector of local, regional and national economies that depend on the availability of water resources in destinations for its development and prosperity. This need is especially visible in the island destinations which experience overtourism and expanding consumptions of fresh water in dry seasons. Given the increasing concerns about freshwater resources, effective water governance is the key to sustaining this precious resource, while at the same time allowing for tourism to benefit islands economically. Over the past decade, water governance has gone through a transformation from the top-down approach to a more poly-centric model emphasizing co-management of water resources by different actors. Since the approach is fairly fresh, there is still a knowledge gap in how different actors in tourist destinations engage and cooperate on water governance where water is a scarce resource. This project aims to contribute to the discussion of water governance in tourist destinations by looking at how different actors cooperate in the participatory local governance of water resources in Borgholm municipality on Öland, Sweden. Semi-structured interviews with 12 key actors in the governance of water resources have been conducted. With the guide of Ostrom’s design principles in thematic analysis of the collected data, this thesis contributes to highlighting the importance of sustainable local governance of water resources with the cooperation of various public and private stakeholders under the condition of seasonal overtourism and water scarcity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Water scarcity, stakeholders’ engagement, freshwater management, island tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-85785DiVA, id: diva2:1329277
Subject / course
Tourism Studies
Educational program
Tourism and Sustainability, 120 credits
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Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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