MOUNTAIN ECOTOURISM SPATIAL PLANNING TOWARDS GREEN MANAGEMENT: THE CASE OF MOUNT LAWU REGION OF INDONESIA

*Rara Sugiarti -  Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia
Sunarto Sunarto - 
Received: 13 Jan 2017; Published: 3 Nov 2017.
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Abstract
Mount Lawu region has abundant resources consisting of diverse flora and fauna which have the potentials to be developed as ecotourism attractions. It has also cultural sites containing local wisdom. As the area is a fragile ecosystem, it needs appropriate planning for green management and development. This research aims at exploring the planning processes for managing and developing ecotourism in the region. Interactive analysis and spatial analysis were employed as analytical lenses. Research findings reveal that ecotourism management and development in Mount Lawu region has not applied spatial planning. Even though ecotourism has developed in the region for several years, the importance of spaces has not been taken into account by stakeholders. Various characteristics of spaces require spatial planning to manage ecotourism activities in the region. This study highlights the significance of spatial planning to manage and develop sustainable mountain ecotourism in Mount Lawu region by mapping out the resources to support planning and decision making. It is in line with several models proposed by some researchers which suggest the importance of analyzing the available spaces for sustainable ecotourism management and development
Keywords
ecotourism; mountain; planning; sustainable management and development

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