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Coastal landscapes, sustainable consumption and peripheral communities: evaluating the Miramar Resort controversy in Shanyuan Bay, Taiwan.

Huang, Yi-Chen; Mabon, Leslie

Authors

Leslie Mabon



Abstract

This paper elaborates challenges for sustainable development based on consumption of the coastal environment through tourism, evaluating the case of the Miramar Resort in Taitung County, Taiwan. Thinking in terms of the blue economy and more sensitive forms of tourism and recreation that consider environmental protection have laid focus on the idea that the coastal environment may be ‘consumed’, yet that this consumption needs to fit with the principles of sustainability. The purpose of this paper is thus to evaluate what sustainable consumption of the coastal environment may (or may not) look like in a locality facing competing social, economic and environmental sustainability pressures, specifically Taitung County in Taiwan. We conduct in-depth interviews with key actors involved in the dispute over the construction of the Miramar Resort in Taitung, and assess these through the conceptual lens of sustainable consumption. Our study finds significant contestation over the developer and local government claims that the resort represents a sustainable trajectory for the locality, with differing views on environmental impact, fairness of process, and distribution of economic benefit. In a wider context, these findings illustrate the importance of inclusive and meaningful decision-making processes, shared end goals, and good support for local-level coastal managers and planners if consumption-driven developments are to form part of sustainable local development in peripheral coastal regions.

Citation

HUANG, Y.-C. and MABON, L. 2021. Coastal landscapes, sustainable consumption and peripheral communities: evaluating the Miramar resort controversy in Shanyuan Bay, Taiwan. Marine policy [online], 123, article ID 104283. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104283

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 22, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2020
Publication Date Jan 31, 2021
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 8, 2022
Journal Marine Policy
Print ISSN 0308-597X
Electronic ISSN 1872-9460
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 123
Article Number 104283
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104283
Keywords Coastal landscapes; Qualitative research; Sustainable consumption; Sustainable tourism; Taiwan
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/996913