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Quality and effectiveness of tourism governance in Mudumalai Forest, Tamilnadu state, India


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Padmanabhan, Jayaseelan 2010 , 'Quality and effectiveness of tourism governance in Mudumalai Forest, Tamilnadu state, India', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In this thesis, I examined the quality and effectiveness of forest governance,
particularly in relation to tourism, in a protected area, the Mudumalai forest in Tamilnadu
state, India. This forest has been chosen as a case study because of the growing popularity of
tourism in the area, as well as the challenges of developing effective relationships between
forest governors and local communities. This thesis aimed to assess the quality of tourism
governance in Mudumalai forest in terms of legitimacy, accountability, transparency,
inclusiveness and fairness; and effectiveness in terms of supervision and monitoring. The
overall quality and effectiveness of the tourism governance in Mudumalai forest is found to
be good, based on evidence gained from key informant interviews, field visits and from the
literature. This thesis has made recommendations for improving tourism governance in
Mudumalai forest, including:
• a need to shift from a purely conferred legitimacy status to a combination of conferred
and earned legitimacy;
• addressing local community fears and concerns by implementing regular and
improved community engagement programs;
• using a transparent and inclusive process to develop a management plan for the forest,
and effectively communicating the plan to stakeholders;
• improving the downward accountability of governance from local officials to the local
• treating inclusiveness and fairness as principles of good governance, rather than
treating them as a means to control or change the forest dependent lifestyle of the
local community; and
• modernising the supervision and monitoring techniques used in Mudumalai.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Padmanabhan, Jayaseelan
Keywords: National parks and reserves, Forestry and community, Tourism
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Uncorrected text. Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2010. Includes bibliographical references

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