||The Kenting National Park was established in 1984, and it is the first national park
in Taiwan. The coastal environment and the high human population make it difficult
to balance the environmental protection and local community development in the park.
Unfortunately, the Kenting National Park Headquarters allocated most resources to
biological and ecological studies during the past twenty five years. The lack of social
science study, especially documenting and analyzing local people’s opinions on the
management issues, blocks a communicate channel between stakeholders and managers.
This study is a preliminary step to investigate how people view the park and their
visions of a successful national park. Qualitative data was collected through interviews
with four different stakeholder groups, local residents, tourism operators, tourists,
and volunteer workers, in the Kenting National Park during the summer, 2009. The results
show that different stakeholder groups have different perceptions of the park’s resources,
problems and functions. Those different opinions have to be thoroughly considered
in the future park management plans and strategies.