Interpretation reduces ecological impacts of visitors to World Heritage site

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Title Interpretation reduces ecological impacts of visitors to World Heritage site
Author Littlefair, Carolyn; Buckley, Ralf
Journal Name Ambio
Editor Elisabeth Kessler
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Sweden
Publisher The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Abstract Minimal-impact interpretation is widely used to reduce the ecological impacts of visitors to protected areas. We tested whether verbal appeals and/or role-model demonstrations of minimal-impact behavior by a trained guide reduced noise, litter, and trampling impacts on hiking trails in a subtropical rainforest. Interpretation did reduce impacts significantly. Different interpretive techniques were more effective for different impacts. The experimental groups were mature, well-educated professionals; interpretation may differ in effectiveness for different visitors. Interpretation by skilled guides can indeed reduce visitor impacts in protected areas, especially if role modeling is combined with verbal appeals.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences From AMBIO, by Ralf Buckley, Carolyn Littlefair Reprinted by permission of Allen Press Publishing Services
Volume 37
Issue Number 5
Page from 338
Page to 341
ISSN 0044-7447
Date Accessioned 2008-09-03
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Environmental Sciences
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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