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Managing ecotourism visitation in protected areas

OCLC: 40680876 ISBN: 0963633139 9780963633132
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Edited by:
Kreg Lindberg, Megan Epler Wood, and David Engeldrum

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Abstract

Ecotourism management seeks to integrate and balance several potentially conflicting objectives: protection of natural and cultural resources, provision of recreation opportunities and generation of economic benefits. In the absence of effective planning and management, ecotourism can lead to significant negative impacts on vegetation, soil, water, wildlife, historic resources, cultures, and visitor experiences. This chapter reviews visitor-related natural resource and experience impacts associated with ecotourism within protected areas. The influence of factors that control the nature and extent of impacts are also reviewed, including type and amount of use, the variable resistance and resilience of environmental attributes such as vegetation and soil types, and the role of management in shaping visitation, resources and facilities to support visitation while minimizing associated impacts. Implications for managing the effects of protected area visitation are highlighted, including carrying capacity decision frameworks and selecting management strategies and tactics.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Managing ecotourism visitation in protected areas
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ecotourism Society
Publisher location:
North Bennington, Vermont
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
244
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Ecotourism: A guide for planners and managers, Volume 2
First page:
155
Last page:
181