The Langkawi Global Geopark

Local community's perspectives on public education

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Abstract

The study reported in this paper represents one of the first attempts at exploring the perspectives of the local communities on the designation of Langkawi Island in Malaysia as a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is premised on the widely acknowledged assertion that the local communities constitute an important group of stakeholders in the planning and implementation of development activities. Hence, the communities living in the geopark areas in Langkawi are considered important stakeholders who play a crucial role in the development of heritage tourism in Langkawi Global Geopark. This paper examines their views on their appreciation of the geopark as heritage, the interpretation of their shared values, the benefits and opportunities afforded by the geopark, and the extent of their involvement in the implementation of geopark activities. The findings point to the need for more support for public education programmes, and awareness initiatives aimed not only at ensuring community engagement with the development of Langkawi Geopark but also at generating stewardship actions from the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-279
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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Keywords

  • geoheritage
  • geopark
  • heritage
  • local community
  • public education
  • tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Conservation
  • Museology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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