The aim of this paper is to present an example of the contribution of environmental historical research as a tool base for policy making and coastal management. Based on an analysis of the tourist phenomenon in the Algarve, and using the Spanish experience as a point of comparison, it presents a consideration on the complex political, economic and social processes that led to the support of a kind of tourism, which was, in part, responsible for the environmental problems of those regions. Research shows that different perceptions, values and uses concerning coastal areas determined the strategies and the solutions adopted in the governance and management of these spaces. The impact of human ideas and practices shaped coastal environments and produced unintended side-effects (e.g. coastal erosion), forcing people to take new actions. The history of these human-environment relationships should not be ignored by those who have responsibilities in coastal issues as it gives key-elements about the inherited status and what failed or succeeded in managing it.
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
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