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Use of water resources for recreation and tourism on the Pontal of Paranapanema (SP)

Abstract

When considering the multiple uses of water set in the National Water Resources Policy (Law No. 9433 of January 8, 1997), this research will highlight the use for recreation and tourism, as the aquatic environments are important recreational spaces and leisure of the population, including being attractive tourist destinations. The coastal beaches are very popular tourist products worldwide, responsible for handling a huge number of people, especially during vacations and holidays. But rivers and hydroelectric lakes have been gaining ground in this context. Although move a more regional flow of visitors, can now be considered as relevant forms of tourism in touch with nature. Small cities in Brazil's interior have benefited the tourism potential of their aquatic environments, attracting visitors and providing recreation for the local population. In addition to low cost recreation, spas may have other positive aspects, as looks attract tourists to the location and give conditions for the economy, infrastructure and political resources of this place can be developed to meet the visitors. However, with the increasing visitation, many places suffer with degradation, as in most cases, tourism lacks proper planning and does not include actions and programs for monitoring and conservation of aquatic ecosystems that seek to ensure environmental quality and the health of bathers, thus ensuring the continuity of attractive in the long run. Thus, this research aims to evaluate the environmental conditions of spas in the Pontal the municipalities belonging to a tourist circuit and to identify and analyze municipal management strategies related to the proper management and conservation of water resources and their environment and control health risks to users in environments used for recreation and tourism. To achieve the objectives will be achieved literature and fieldwork to-site observations and application of rapid assessment protocols for analysis of environmental conditions of the crowds. Still be made visits to agencies and public and private entities related to tourism to interview municipal administrators directly related to management of water resources and tourism. (AU)

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