Economic and Environmental Sustainability: A Dynamic Approach in Insular Systems

20 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2002

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Fausto Cavallaro

Università degli Studi del Molise - Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche Gestionali e Sociali

Luigi Ciraolo

University of Messina

Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

Environmental resources constitute the "raw materials" for tourism. This sector represents the driving force behind the economy of small islands. The sustainable use and a rational policy of conservation of these resources are prerequisites to enable their full exploitation. However, island systems have low stability, as they are highly sensitive to exogenous stress phenomena caused by economic factors, which exceeding the sustainable threshold may come together to damage the environment. This work systematically examines the effects and the feedbacks that the economy of tourism may generate in small areas like the minor islands of Sicily (Italy). The development of a dynamic model is proposed to supply a key to interpret the phenomena affecting the island of Salina (Aeolian islands-Messina) offering elements for the assessment of future local government policies.

Keywords: Sustainable development, dynamic systems, tourism, models

JEL Classification: Q01, C89

Suggested Citation

Cavallaro, Fausto and Ciraolo, Luigi, Economic and Environmental Sustainability: A Dynamic Approach in Insular Systems (April 2002). FEEM Working Paper No. 21.2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=307199 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.307199

Fausto Cavallaro (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi del Molise - Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche Gestionali e Sociali ( email )

Via De Sanctis
I-86100 Campobasso
Italy

Luigi Ciraolo

University of Messina ( email )

Department of R.I.A.M.
Piazza S. Pugliatti 1
98100 Messina
Italy
0039 090 771548 (Phone)
0039 090 6764920 (Fax)

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