Spotlight on…Topic 6: Social Cohesion

Ensuring social cohesion among stakeholders in sustainable tourism

Tourism involves a wide range of stakeholders that might not necessarily see themselves as part of a tourism “system”. These include local residents, non-tourism businesses, farmers, public authorities and others.

All of these stakeholders can be important players in a destination’s success or sustainability. However, there may be points of conflict between tourism and other local interests or activities. This is particularly true in and around protected areas (PAs), where conservation goals are a priority.

Planning and managing sustainable tourism in PAs should always involve finding ways to engage stakeholders, utilising appropriate participation formats to prevent and manage potential conflicts. This sixth module focuses on why to engage, who to engage with, how to do it and how to deal with conflicts.

Want to find out all about this and other aspects of sustainable tourism in protected areas? Register now for free via and discover 9 modules (available in 4 languages) on this online learning platform. This platform is developed within the Erasmus+ project ‘Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow’ and is accessible to everyone.